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Fans of R&B soulstress Alicia Keys will be pleased to know she’ll be helping to create the theme song to Quantum of Solace, the newest James Bond film, coming to theaters in 2009. It will follow the franchises’ reboot that the gritty, realistic and ultra-violent Casino Royale kicked-off in 2006. Keys will be singing a duet with Jack White, with music provided by The Raconteurs.
If you’re a fan of either artist, it should sound exciting, especially with Alica Keys tickets now available. Both are popular and successful recording artists with real talent behind them, and it’ll be interesting to hear their take on the Bond mystique through song.
Though it’ll be the first duet ever recorded for a Bond theme, it’s far from the first time a pop band or artist lent their talents to the franchise. Let’s take a quick look at some of the other recording artists who made Bond a legend.
Dr. No, 1962, John Barry and Orchestra
Composer John Barry has worked on the vast majority of the Bond themes over the years, and is credited with performing the signature guitar sound that opens the Bond theme. Blending an element of danger with exoticism, it’s lasted this long because it so epitomizes Bond as a character.
Thunderball, 1965, Tom Jones
By the fourth Bond film, popular artists enter the picture. But while there was a burgeoning youth culture filled with bands to choose from, the theme was sung by Tom Jones—not really an artist that appeals to the crowd that we know associate with Bond fans. But at the time, it was also thought of as a film for more mature audiences. Regardless, he definitely brings a touch of class to the music.
Live and Let Die, 1973, Paul McCartney and Wings
You can’t do much better than having an ex-Beatle perform your song. And indeed, “Live and Let Die” isn’t a bad theme song, though there’s little else to appreciate from Wings’ output.
A View to A Kill, 1985, Duran Duran
At this point, prominent singer/songwriters and vocal artists become the minority. Bond was a caricature by the ‘80s, with one of the worst films of the franchise, Moonraker, just a few years before this. Ironically, Moonraker best defines the public perception of a Bond film, probably because it provided plenty of fodder for satire in the Austin Powers movies.
Die Another Day, 2002, Madonna
Undoubtedly one of the worst films from the last reboot of the franchise has one of the worst Bond themes. Working with Madonna, who had reinvented her career as a dance club artist, the heavy beats and repetition of the phrase “Sigmund Freud” leave this being a fairly ridiculous entry in the series.