Songs that could have been James Bond themes

It’s amazing how many songs could have been 007 main themes. Some of them are not only great tunes but also, were performed by very famous artists. Which one is your favorite?

Lana del Rey – “Spectre

The film’s main theme is “Writing’s on the wall” by Sam Smith, but Del Rey allegedly suggested a song which ended up in her “Honeymoon” album and has “24” for a title, which would have matched Bond’s 24º adventure on the silver screen.


Amy Winehouse – “Quantum of Solace

Almost every Bond fan regrets the fact that Amy Winehouse wasn’t able to record a 007 theme; she seemed perfect for it.

Her personal issues made producers go with possibly one of the worst songs in the history of the franchise (even though people who worship White like it): “Another Way to Die” by Alicia Keys and Jack White (as forgettable as the film).


Shirley Bassey – “No good about goodbye

Could it be the best song on this list? (You hear it and immediately think of 007). Sung by the queen of James Bond themes, Dame Shirley Bassey.

It’s a real shame that this song wasn’t chosen, and that after the failed attempts to get Amy Winehouse to do it, we ended up with “Another Way to Die”.


Pulp, Swan Lee & St. Etienne – “Tomorrow Never Dies

007 being cool again thanks to “Goldeneye”, every artist wanted their song to be a Bond tune. Among them, these three bands.

Since they’re the most famous, here’s the Pulp rendition, but each fan has their favorite, including Pierce Brosnan who apparently preferred the Saint Etienne one.


Ace of Base – “Goldeneye

Hard to believe but this time it was the band (actually, their label) who thought that being part of a James Bond flick wouldn’t be good for their career (!).

It is true that it’s not 007’s golden era we’re talking about, since a few years had gone by and after Timothy Dalton’s latest film, they didn’t expect the success of Pierce Brosnan and “Goldeneye”.

Luckily, we got one of the best themes thanks to Bono and The Edge’s lyrics and the great Tina Turner’s voice.


Pet Shop Boys – “The Living Daylights

Instead of A-Ha, another iconic ’80s band could have been responsible for this film’s main theme.

Only a demo is left of this Pet Shop Boys song, since it would later be totally reworked to become “This Must Be the Place I Waited Years to Leave”.


Phyllis Hyman – “Never say never again

Part of the 007 canon or not (for being produced by a different company and practically being a “Thunderball” remake with an older Bond), “Never say never again” could have had this main theme instead of the one by Lani Hall.


Blondie – “For your eyes only

It was the ’80s and few were as cool as Blondie. But the producers only approached Debbie Harry, the band’s lead singer, and offered her a song she turned down.

The band suggested their own tune, which was also rejected, and we got the Sheena Easton song instead.


Alice Cooper – “The man with the golden gun

As – or even more – surprising as Johnny Cash appearing on this list is Alice Cooper. One of the kings of metal, a fan of Ian Fleming’s novels, he suggested this theme for the 1974 movie.

Apparently, Cooper never got to know the reason why his song never became a 007 theme since everyone had liked it, including the producers. However, they went with Lulu’s song, one of the fans’ least favorites.


Beach Boys – “Run James Run

Considered by critics to be a masterpiece, the Beach Boys’ “Pet Sounds” album includes a song that Brian Wilson initially wrote as a Bond theme.


Julie Rogers – “You only live twice

A good version with the same name as Nancy Sinatra’s famous song. Fans may prefer one or the other, but surely agree on the fact that the darker tone of this song comes closer to the novel the film’s based on.


Johnny Cash – “Thunderball

You’ve got to listen to believe. The king of country, the Man in Black, actually came up with his own “Thunderball” version for the film of the same name.

As many fans have stated, it would be ideal for a movie where James Bond was played by Clint Eastwood and, even though the song is really good, Tom Jones’s version is much better for a 007 film.


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