We have all the time in the world… to debate the relative merits of 50 years of James Bond music, as we do whenever a new entry, like Billie Eilish’s “No Time to Die” is added to the canon. . And in the case of the film of that name, a long-standing Bond song was picked up for the soundtrack – Louis Armstrong’s “We Have All the Time in the World” – the impact of which can make anyone rethink. completely where this love theme ranks “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service”, now that it reminds us of sad Daniel Craig instead of sad George Lazenby.
The following is an unassailable list of 26 Bond songs ranked from best to worst. One caveat: I have at least a twinge of heart or affection for every track in the catalog – even the Jack White and Madonna tracks, which somehow deserve the black eyes they get from the vast majority. Bond buffs, but who deserve at least a little credit … okay, a little credit … for the intrepidity to jostle what can lean towards a fairly algebraic formula. The point is, we love our post-Bassey Bond music the most when it adheres to tradition in some ways while shaking it up in others. It could be Paul McCartney juxtaposing a sinister string break with a wacky reggae bridge in “Live and Let Die”, or it could be Eilish and Finneas working a subtle piece of Monty Norman’s “James Bond Theme” in their otherwise dark front entry. to bring it home with the “spy chord”… ie E minor major 9 which will mean “Bond, James Bond” for the rest of the time.