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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

The Six Best James Bond Themes Ever, In Honor of Adele's Forthcoming Contribution

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"A View To A Kill", Duran Duran

When this came out, it felt like Bond had suddenly gone super-cool. It was all so modern and hip: Look! There's Simon Le Bon listening to a cassette in his awesome red Walkman -- and blowing up aircraft with it, too! Plus, there are gigantic video cameras spinning inexplicably up and down the outside of the Eiffel Tower, while Grace Jones kicked Roger Moore's ass (cue yet more parachuting). To top it all, the song is one of Duran Duran's finest. Did we mention that the special effects in this video are amazing? Amazing.

"You Only Live Twice," Nancy Sinatra

Remember that thing we said earlier about Bond themes needing to be dramatic and vaguely nonsensical? Well, Nancy Sinatra embraced both of those things on this one. These lyrics are crazy-silly, but frankly, as long as those sumptuous strings are in there, we wouldn't mind if she was singing about monkey tennis.

"Live And Let Die," Paul McCartney & Wings

Is it a ballad? Is it a rock opera? Is it crazy, break-neck, high-speed chase music?  Oh, it's all of them, friends, it's all of them. And there's a weird reggae interlude in the middle. And Linda McCartney is pretending to be David Bowie in the video. That Paul McCartney sure knows how to cover all the bases.

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