Bond is one of my not-so-secret shames.  They're horrific, but wildly entertaining.  The music is all good, but some of it just doesn't fit the Bond presence.


The Monty Norman Bond and 007 themes—Dr No
These are the standard by which all others are judged. They’re intriguing, brassy, cosmopolitan-jet set 60s, and set the bar quite high. When you hear that music, you know you’re going to encounter a man of serious standing and character.

From Russia With Love
It was a love song, but fit the theme of the movie, and was used and marketed successfully within. It also inspired an appropriately mysterious air.

Shirley Bassey for the win. Add the howling horns and it’s memorable, recognizable and dark.

Another trademark tune, and the forced awkwardness and tautness of the vocals is deliberate and excellent. Through this whole timeframe, the songs were unique and avant garde.

You Only Live Twice
Not a great song. It takes the brutal roughness of the movie’s quote, and the gaijin attempt at haiku from the book, and makes them…cheezily romantic. It starts off elegantly and warm, then just gets boring.

On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
Instrumental, with drive and power. It’s part rock, part orchestra, seasoned with electronic, and all Bond.

Diamonds Are Forever
Shirley Bassey again, and a misandrystic song to counter Bond’s misogyny. It works well. It expresses greed, selfishness and power. A perfect appetizer for this film.

Live and Let Die
A serious rock contender, still getting radio play. Powerful, dissonant and without any romantic overtones…of course, they wasted it on a blaxploitation, occult Moore film.

The Man With The Golden Gun
The lyrics are bit trite and rushed, and the composer admits that. Still, Lulu delivers an amazing performance. Exciting and driving.

Nobody Does It Better—The Spy Who Loved Me
Love songs generally don’t work, but this is one of the exceptions. Carly Simon sings sultry tribute to the man himself. Baby, he’s the best. Wonderfully reincarnated to pay tribute to Desmond Llewelyn after his tragic loss.

When Shirley Bassey can’t save your theme music from sucking, you’ve hit rock bottom and started to dig. Of course, that was appropriate for the film.

For Your Eyes Only
A love song again, but Sheena Easton’s haunting ethereal voice makes it interesting and vivid.

All Time High--Octopussy
Never has so much talent been wasted for so little. Blech.

A View To A Kill
Some phenomenal musical technique, and a well above average song. A shame the movie couldn’t live up to the tease.

The Living Daylights
One of the 80s’ better songs, used to good effect. Captures the loneliness Bond must feel, and the struggles he has to remain himself, and alive.

Licence To Kill
A love song. You’d think they’d have learned by now.

Tina Turner delivers an inspiring, husky performance that just drips exotic, sexy treachery. Middling high on the list.

Tomorrow Never Dies
Dark, bluesy, gripping and punctuated with sharp highs and strings. However, it’s uneven musically. It works well with the opening credits, but not as a standalone.

The World Is Not Enough
Garbage’s name is quite ironic, as their music, and this theme, are absolutely not. Shirley Manson delivers a great, greedy, megalomaniacal soliloquy…but is it for the villain, or Bond?

Die Another Day
The lyrics are appropriate, but so-so, and the too-clever vocoder and gate filtering doesn’t make this a good song. Definitely low on the list.

You Know My Name—Casino Royale
Chris Cornell delivers the goods. A song that reintroduces Bond, throws out the threat and danger as a dare, and powers the whole way through. Definitely a high-rating piece, and one to judge the others by.

Another Way To Die—Quantum of Solace
Pretentious emo-pop fits this movie perfectly. You’ll be ready to hurl by the time it’s done. You can’t say you weren’t warned. -only-sci+fi-movie-you-need-to -watch-for-the-rest-of-your-life This Picture Is Worthless Without Beer
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I want to know why our military wastes time teaching Column of Files and By Squads when it should be teaching the much more important Sphere and Cobra formations.

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Recently in a interview with Rosalind Peterson of California Skywatch she exposes as well as confirms a long debated subject or "Conspiracy Theroy" refered to as Chemtrails or ConTrails after extensive research she personally conducted in her own county in Cali it would appear that the Chemtrail theroy has validity and is fact. She goes on to state that our military is and has for sometime been releasing chemical agents in our skys and conducting Geo and Bio-engineering research in regards to weather manipulation as well as blocking sun light as a counter measure to Global warming. Chemicals such Barium, Aluminum Oxides, Lithium are a few she named, tests conducted in her county reviled abnormally high levels of these chemicals in the ground water as well as the public's drinking water ect she found that it had and is continuing to have a detrimental impact on the environment killing trees as well as wildlife and contaminating some of the publics food and water sources this in my mind is a viable possibility for the recent loss of the birds as well as fish in fact this is not a isolated incident this has happened in the past in other states as well as abroad what sets this aside from the others is the main stream media coverage it has received this time for whatever reason "Thank God" a quick Google search on the subject will show this. The frequency of incidents of this nature are overwhelming and shocking as well as extremely unsettling and the mainstream medias failure to report these incidents is disappointing and some what unsettling. Oh and I forgot to mention besides being a true American Patriot for having the courage to stand up and make efforts to expose this evil Rosalind Peterson WAS also a certified U.S.D.A. Farm Service Agency Crop Loss adjustor for the state of California. As a result of her findings she now heads up California Skywatch a watch dog group. God Bless You Rosalind Peterson and God Bless America............ less


This could be to the rising amount of WiFi networks. WiFi uses radio waves to transmit data... the same waves used in cell phones and walkie talkies. However do to the large amount of data needed to be transmitted WiFi radios can transmit at a higher frequency of 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz... Maybe this has an unknown effect on animals/nature

WIFI networks cause trauma?  ALRIghty, then.

I do not deny the possibility that "forces" unkown to mankind may be involved..whether that be aliens, early signs of what's to come in 2012...etc In this case though, i have the feeling the cause is man-made and it's kind of strange that it's happenong close to the BP spill area. I wish we didn't dump so many chemicals in the water in order to help the oil dissolve faster. Those may be some of the after effects. Now you wonder why the birds died? I'm sure at least some of you know that in the winter season many birds travel in groups\formations. Those groups usually consists of hundreds to thousands of birds of the same kind. When one flies...they all fly..when one stops to drink water...the others do too. There's a chance that they all drank from the same contaminated source..that same source which is killing the fish. The scientists need to focus on the water ASAP! l
No they need to focus on Southwestern Energy Corp and see why they haven't stopped hydraulic fracture drilling. It caused the temblor swarms in Guy AR and helped release CH4 gas that killed the birds and the fish. I think you are over thinking this. 2012? Who predicted that? Not the Mayans.
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