The SKYFALL theme by Adele just won the Oscar for Best Original Song. This is actually the first time a Bond film has won in this category, which is really cool. Don’t get me wrong, SKYFALL is a great song, and it continues to grow on me, but it’s not my favorite Bond song.
Here’s my list of the Top 10 James Bond songs:
10. A VIEW TO A KILL sung by Duran Duran
9. “You Know My Name” from CASINO ROYALE (2006) sung by Chris Cornell
8. THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS sung by A-ha
7. “Another Way to Die” from QUANTUM OF SOLACE sung by Alicia Keys & Jack White
6. DIE ANOTHER DAY sung by Madonna
5. THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN sung by Lulu
4. SKYFALL sung by Adele
3. THUNDERBALL sung by Tom Jones
2. GOLDFINGER sung by Shirley Bassey
1. LIVE AND LET DIE sung Paul McCartney & Wings
And since all three of the Daniel Craig films’ theme songs made it onto my list, I guess I’m partial to these new songs. All I know for sure is LIVE AND LET DIE was the first James Bond movie I ever saw— got to see it at the movies— and I loved the theme song then and I enjoy it even more today.
Incidentally, LIVE AND LET DIE was also nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Song in 1974 but lost to “The Way We Were” by Marvin Hamlisch, the same song sung this week at the 2013 Oscars by Barbra Streisand honoring Hamlisch who passed in 2012.