James Bond Is Back / From Russia with Love / James Bond Theme
The great musician John Barry, along with his band, had been a part of the series from the very first James Bond movie. For the support given to Monty Norman, who was lacking inspiration at that time, he was promised a contract for writing the soundtrack for the future James Bond movies. No sooner said than done.
John Barry created more than just some theme songs for the James Bond movies, he created a style. A style which still resonates even with the theme music from our days. Agent 007 wouldn’t be the same without his contribution.
At that time, John Barry was a young musician with fresh ideas. But his passion was instrumental music. And for this reason, the title sequence of “From Russia with Love” has no lyrics whatsoever.
Some believe that the real main theme song would be “From Russia with Love” (performed by Matt Monro), even if the song appears at the beginning of the movie only as an instrumental passage. However, it was included in the vocal version at the end of the movie. Considering the lyrics, it was the most sensible choice.
- Introduction + James Bond theme
- 1962: Kingston Calypso (Dr. No)
- 1963: James Bond Is Back / From Russia with Love / James Bond Theme
- 1964: Goldfinger
- 1965: Thunderball
- 1967: You Only Live Twice
- 1969: On Her Majesty's Secret Service
- 1971: Diamonds Are Forever
- 1973: Live and Let Die
- 1974: The Man with the Golden Gun
- 1977: Nobody Does It Better (The Spy Who Loved Me)
- 1979: Moonraker
- 1981: For Your Eyes Only
- 1983: All Time High (Octopussy)
- 1985: A View to a Kill
- 1987: The Living Daylights
- 1989: Licence to Kill
- 1995: GoldenEye
- 1997: Tomorrow Never Dies
- 1999: The World Is Not Enough
- 2002: Die Another Day
- 2006: You Know My Name (Casino Royale)
- 2008: Another Way to Die (Quantum of Solace)
- 2012: Skyfall
- 2015: Writing's on the Wall (Spectre)
A surprising series of re-orchestrations that were originally classic songs, in heavy metal style
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