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Adele sings "SKYFALL" the theme song for the new James Bond movie

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Yeah it's in the traditional James Bond sound...It looks to be one of the best.

RThere's been some absolute clangers out there.

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Love it

A classic Bond song. So glad we are away from the crap put out by madge

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Finally, a good song after a decade of blah and downright bad ones. Sultry and retro, although I was hoping Adele would bring a new sound/style/approach to the table without losing the "Bond-ness" of it, something that the last three songs seem to have tried but failed to do so.

I've always thought Amy Winehouse could have done a nice Bond song.

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I've always thought Amy Winehouse could have done a nice Bond song.

Agree. Amy was a lot more edgy,had a more interesting and varied delivery than Adele. Adele is like only on one gear/one dimension.

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And here I thought they were gonna pick Gangnam Style for the theme...

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My personal ranking of the James Bond music so far:

For Your Eyes Only - Sheena Easton - 1981 - For Your Eyes Only (opening title song)

Goldfinger - Shirley Bassey - 1964 - Goldfinger (opening title song)

A View To A Kill - Duran Duran - 1985 - A View To A Kill (opening title song)

Live And Let Die - Paul McCartney & The Wings - 1973 - Live And Let Die (opening title song)

From Russia With Love - Matt Munro - 1963 - From Russia With Love (song is used for the end credits)

You Know My Name - Chris Cornell - 2006 - Casino Royale (opening title song)

The Living Daylights - a-ha - 1987 - The Living Daylights (opening title song)

All Time High - Rita Coolidge - 1983 - Octopussy (opening title song)

Nobody Does It Better - Carly Simon - 1977 - The Spy Who Loved Me (opening title song)

GoldenEye - Tina Turner - 1995 - GoldenEye (opening title song)

Tomorrow Never Dies - Sheryl Crow - 1997 - Tomorrow Never Dies (opening title song)

Wovon träumt ein Weihnachtsbaum im Mai? (About What Does A Christmas Tree Dream In May?) - Katja - 1969 - Im Geheimdienst Ihrer Majestät (in the German version of "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" this song replaces the song "Do You Know How Christmas Trees Are Grown?" - the song is used when Bond and Tracy are enjoying their time in the Swiss village - the German song is better than the original one from Nina - the unknown singer Katja became just one year later a very famous singer, when she participated with her full name (Katja Ebstein) for Germany at the Eurovision Song Contest)

Thunderball - Tom Jones - 1965 - Thunderball (opening title song)

Diamonds Are Forever - Shirley Bassey - 1971 - Diamonds Are Forever (opening title song)

The Man With The Golden Gun - Lulu - 1974 - The Man With The Golden Gun (opening title song)

The World Is Not Enough - Garbage - 1999 - The World Is Not Enough (opening title song)

Die Another Day - Madonna - 2002 - Die Another Day (opening title song)

You Only Live Twice - Nancy Sinatra - 1967 - You Only Live Twice (opening title song)

We Have All The Time In The World - Louis Armstrong - 1969 - On Her Majesty's Secret Service (song is used for the end credits)

If You Asked Me To - Patti Labelle - 1989 - Licence To Kill (song is used for the end credits)

The Look Of Love - Dusty Springfield - 1967 - Casino Royale (is sung is used when Vesper Lynd (Ursula Andress) seduces Evelyn Tremble (Peter Sellers))

Licence To Kill - Gladys Knight - 1989 - Licence To Kill (opening title song)

Moonraker - Shirley Bassey - 1979 - Moonraker (opening title song)

Never Say Never Again - Lani Hall - 1983 - Never Say Never Again (opening title song)

Another Way To Die - Jack White & Alicia Keys - 2008 - Quantum Of Solace (opening title song)

On Her Majesty's Secret Service Theme - John Barry - 1969 - On Her Majesty's Secret Service (opening title tune)

James Bond Is Back From Russia - John Barry - 1963 - From Russia With Love (opening title tune)

James Bond Theme - Monty Norman - 1962 - Dr. No (opening title tune)

Casino Royale - Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass - 1967 - Casino Royale (opening title tune)

For Your Eyes Only - Blondie - 1981 - For Your Eyes Only (not used as opening title song, but it is fantastic!!!)

Tomorrow Never Lies - Pulp - 1997 - Tomorrow Never Dies (not used as opening title song, but it isn't bad - the song title mirrors the original title of the movie - there is the legend, that the title was changed, when one of the producers typed "D" instead of the "L" by mistake and they realised that this title would be more interesting)

Thunderball - Johnny Cash - 1965 - Thunderball (not used as opening title song, but it is "interesting" to hear it - since the lyrics describe the storyline of the movie - and the music is with its clip clopping very "country-style")

by the way some of the movie titles are different in German, since the english title doesn't work:

1962 - Dr. No -> James Bond 007 jagt Dr. No (James Bond 007 Chases Dr. No)

1963 - From Russia With Love -> Liebesgrüße aus Moskau (Love Greetings From Moscow (From Moscow With Love))

1964 - Goldfinger -> Goldfinger (Goldfinger)

1965 - Thunderball -> Feuerball (Fireball)

1967 - You Only Live Twice -> Man lebt nur zweimal (You Only Live Twice)

1967 - Casino Royale -> Casino Royale (Casino Royale)

1969 - On Her Majesty's Secret Service -> Im Geheimdienst Ihrer Majestät (On Her Majesty's Secret Service)

1971 - Diamonds Are Forever -> Diamantenfieber (Fever Of Diamonds)

1973 - Live And Let Die -> Leben und sterben lassen (Live And Let Die)

1974 - The Man With The Golden Gun -> Der Mann mit dem goldenen Colt (The Man With The Golden Colt)

1977 - The Spy Who Loved Me -> Der Spion, der mich liebte (The Spy Who Loved Me)

1979 - Moonraker -> Moonraker - Streng geheim (Moonraker - Top Secret ("Streng geheim" was added, since the literally translation "Mondblitz" didn't sound "dangerous/mysterious" enough)

1981 - For Your Eyes Only -> In tödlicher Mission (On Deadly Assignment (the german phrase for "For Your Eyes Only" ist "Streng geheim", but since it was used for the previous movie, they had to give the movie a totally different title))

1983 - Octopussy -> Octopussy (Octopussy)

1983 - Never Say Never Again -> Sag niemals nie (Never Say Never)

1985 - A View To A Kill -> Im Angesicht des Todes (In View Of The Death)

1987 - The Living Daylights -> Der Hauch des Todes (The Breath Of The Death (the english phrase doesn't work in German at all, so they tried to find a title, which fits in the scene in which James Bond says, that Kara Milovy felt "the closeness" of death, when he shot the rifle out of her hands))

1989 - Licence To Kill -> Lizenz zum Töten (Licence To Kill)

1995 - GoldenEye -> GoldenEye (GoldenEye)

1997 - Tomorrow Never Dies -> Der Morgen stirbt nie (The Tomorrow Never Dies)

1999 - The World Is Not Enough -> Die Welt ist nicht genug (The World Is Not Enough)

2002 - Die Another Day -> Stirb an einem anderen Tag (Die Another Day)

2006 - Casino Royale -> Casino Royale (Casino Royale)

2008 - Quantum Of Solace -> Ein Quantum Trost (A Quantum Of Solace)

2012 - Skyfall -> Skyfall (Skyfall)

Edited by Citius Altius Fortius

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Is it just me or does the "Skyfall" part of the refrain like the "Diamonds Are Forever" part of "Diamonds Are Forever"'s refrain?

Sorry, I forgot to put a "sound" between "refrain" and "like".

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Oh I see it now, gosh there are a lot of good ones! Don't really like Adele but the new song is typical JB and sounds pretty good except for the strained high not (which isnt really that high). Would have been really better if Amy W was the artist, however I'd say that about any song by the Adele.


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Best and worst James Bond themes named in new chart

A new chart has identified the most – and least – popular James Bond themes ever.

They are integral to every James Bond film. But some theme songs endure longer than others, a chart shows.

A new chart has listed all of the signature songs from each of the 22 films in order of popularity, based on the numbers of plays they have had on television, radio and the internet.

The most popular is Live and Let Die by Wings, according to the survey. Dame Shirley Bassey’s Goldfinger and Diamonds Are Forever also rank highly.

However, her song for 1979’s Moonraker is in second last place, ahead only of the theme to Dr No. Last week, Adele released the theme for the latest Bond outing, Skyfall.

The analysis has been conducted by the PRS for Music, formerly the Performing Right Society, a licensing organisation which monitors music use in order to collect royalties for songwriters.

The organisation tracks the playing of songs in live performances, radio, television, as well as online.

In total, the 22 songs have received 80 million “plays” in the UK in the fifteen years covered by the data.

The themes songs, with the composer and performer, in order of popularity are:

1. Live and Let Die – Sir Paul and Linda McCartney – Paul McCartney and Wings

2. Goldfinger – John Barry, Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley – Shirley Bassey

3. Another Way to Die (from Quantum of Solace) – Jack White – Alicia Keys

4. Die Another Day – Madonna and Mirwais Ahmadzaï – Madonna

5. Diamonds are Forever – John Barry and Don Black – Shirley Bassey

6. You Know My Name (from Casino Royale) – David Arnold and Chris Cornell – Chris Cornell

7. Nobody Does It Better (from The Spy Who Loved Me) – Marvin Hamlisch and Carole Bayer Sager – Carly Simon

8. The World Is Not Enough – David Arnold and Don Black – Garbage

9. View To A Kill – John Barry and Duran Duran – Duran Duran

10. You Only Live Twice – John Barry and Leslie Bricusse – Nancy Sinatra

11. GoldenEye – Bono and The Edge – Tina Turner

12. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service – John Barry – John Barry Orchestra

13. Thunderball – John Barry and Don Black – Tom Jones

14. For Your Eyes Only – Bill Conti and Michael Leeson – Sheea Easton

15. Licence to Kill – N. Michael Walden, Jeffrey Cohen and Walter Afanaseiff – Gladys Knight

16. The Living Daylights – John Barry and Pal Waaktaar – A-Ha

17. Tomorrow Never Dies – Mitchell Froom and Sheryl Crow – Sheryl Crow

18. From Russia With Love – Lionel Bart – Matt Monro

19. All Time High (from Octopussy) – John Barry and Tim Rice – Rita Coolidge

20. The Man With the Golden Gun – John Barry and Don Black – Lulu

21. Moonraker – John Barry and Hal David – Shirley Bassey

22. James Bond Theme (from Dr No) – Monty Norman – John Barry Orchestra

The Telegraph

Also, I thought this was an interesting graphic:

James Bond's body count illustrated in the style of Dr. No title sequence

Designer Brendan Dawes has illustrated our data on James Bond's on-screen kills in an homage to the famous title sequence of Dr. No.


, created by Maurice Binder, features circles of different colours jumping across the screen in geometric formations, and was preceded by the now familiar shot of Bond swivelling to pick off a would-be assassin (also created by Binder).

Dawes' graphic uses the same coloured circles to represent Bond's body count. Each red circle represents ten kills, and each blue-green circle a single death.

As you can see, Bond was at his deadliest in Goldeneye, where 47 people met their doom at his hand.

On seven occasions 007 failed to break into double figures, with his least lethal outing coming in The Man with the Golden Gun, where he killed just one - Scaramanga.

The Guardian


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When I was in London for the Olympics I had been to the Barbican Centre to see the James Bond design exhibition with original gadget, costumes, stage designs etc. etc. from the James Bond movies...

I loved it, but I have to add, too that the gadgets in the movies they look really "real", but when you see the original items in the exhibition you recognise that they look really like toys...

Here are some remarks about the movies

Dr. No - very out fashioned today - some scenes are unintentional funny: e.g. the "dragon" on Crab Key

From Russia With Love - I think Lotte Lenya is playing very, very good - in her youth she was a very beautiful woman and in this movie she plays haggard Rosa Klebb (by the way the shoes with the stiletto was in the exhibition, too)

Goldfinger - the blueprint of all James Bond movies - Gert Fröbe plays Auric Goldfinger marvellous and Tania Mallet as Tilly Masterson, who is on private vendetta, is the blueprint of all later "more active" female characters like e.g. Melina Havelock (For Your Eyes Only) or Anya Amasova (The Spy Who Loved Me) - best quote: "Do you expect me to talk? No, Mr. Bond - I expect you to die" - one of the best Bond movies

Thunderball - the best part of the movie is Luciana Paluzzi as Fiona Volpe...

You Only Live Twice - Helga Brandt's good by in the plane and her death in the piranha pool stay in my memories forever - great design of the SPECTRE Headquarter in the volcano.

Casino Royale - the spoof movie is absolutely not my taste - the best part is the title tune by Burt Bacharach (played by Herb Alpert)

On Her Majesty's Secret Service - the atmosphere is very intense in the movie - Diana Rigg and Ilse Steppat are the "stars" of the movie - they are playing their roles just fantastic!

Diamonds Are Forever - for me Mr. Wint and Mr. Kidd's "unusual" way of killing is the best part of the movie...

Live And Let Die - Baron Samedi, the first henchman, who was not a normal human being, but more a spiritual immortal.

The Man With The Golden Gun - one of the weakest Bond movies - the "duel" idea is boring and the theft of the "SOLEX AGITOR" is just mentioned and doesn't play really a role - one of the most dullest Bond girls...

The Spy Who Loved Me - remake of You Only Live Twice = 1967: SPECTRE hijacks space ships / 1977: Stromberg hijacks submarines ; 1967: Osato shipping company is the disguise of SPECTRE / 1977: Stromberg shipping company is the disguise of the evil; 1967: Helga Brandt is killed by Blofeld in piranha pool / 1977: Strombergs secretary is killed in a shark pool ; 1967: Bond Girl works for the Japanese Secret Service / 1977: Bond Girl works for the Soviet Secret Service; 1967: showdown in the closed vulcano HQ together with japanese secret service and the freed space ship crews / 1977: showdown in the closed tanker HQ together with the freed submarine crews - Stromberg's death in the dining room is lack of suspense...

Moonraker - James Bond goes "Star Wars" - I liked some ideas - e.g. the french castle in the californian dessert or the cable car scene in Rio or when Jaws falls in love with Dolly...

.... will be continued

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For Your Eyes Only - the most realistic movie with Roger Moore as James Bond - best scenes are the scene with the bald guy in the weelchair and the car chase together with Melina Havelock in her citroen 2CV (I suppose the producer or the screenwriter was a huge fan of soeur Clotilde out of the Louis de Funes comedy movies)


compilations of soeur Clotilde's driving skills in five movies - the scene with her in the first movie was extremely successful that she appeared in all other Gendarm de Saint Tropez movies....

will be continued

Edited by Citius Altius Fortius

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