When anyone mentions James Bond, several things go through one’s mind. It could be the Bond girls, maybe it’s the limited edition Aston Martins that grace the screen or it could even be the cunning way that Bond introduces himself, “Bond…James Bond.”
The amount of work and creativity featured in the series is astounding and has been able to keep fans hooked to the action filled drama for decades.
One thing that a few people tend to forget, but is an integral part of the film, is the theme songs that come with each Bond film.
The Bond tracks tend to repeat in one’s mind for weeks after watching one of the films.
Over the years, award-winning artists have been given the huge task of performing the theme songs and not many can say they are disappointed [with the outcome].
Enthusiasts will be marking November 6 on their calendars as that is when the new James Bond film premieres.
The movie, code named “Spectre,” will feature Daniel Craig, who will be returning as James Bond.
The “spy artist” this time will be Sam Smith.
The artist revealed this on Monday after months of surrounding speculation.
The news of Sam Smith recording the theme song for “Spectre” had many reminiscing the past James Bond theme songs.
The first track to really gain people’s attention was “Goldfinger” by Shirley Bassy in 1964.
This was made for the third Bond film and the track got to number one on the Billboard chart that year, remaining a total of 70 weeks on the chart.
It also received a Grammy nomination for, Best Original Score from a Motion Picture or Television Show. This was the first Grammy nomination for the Bond series.
Shirley Bassy has performed the most Bond theme songs including, “Diamonds are Forever” in 1971 and “Moonraker” in 1979.
No other artist has been privileged to perform three tracks for the series; however, the list of performers is star-studded.
Louis Armstrong, Tina Turner, Paul McCartney, Sheryl Crow, Madonna, Alicia Keys and Adele are but a few names on the list.
The best performing Bond track was ‘Skyfall’ by Adele in 2012. This was in celebration of the 50 Anniversary of the Bond era.
The song became the first Bond theme song to win four major awards: the Golden Globes, the Brit Awards, the Academy Awards and a Grammy for Best Song Written for Visual Media.
Not only did it win awards, but also it did very well on the charts. It debuted on Billboard at number eight and was at the top of the UK iTunes online store a few hours after its release.
This would make it arguably the best performing Bond track of all time.
Will Sam Smith be able to match up to the history that has been written before him? The world will have to hold on to their seats and see how this plays out.
It will be a huge task to beat the records earned by “Skyfall,” but spy possibilities are endless, one never knows what they have under their sleeves.