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The James Bond Theme first appeared in Dr. No (1962) and was orchestrated by John Barry, who would compose for the Bond films up until The Living Daylights. The Score for Dr. No was written by Monty Norman, and he is credited as the composer of "The James Bond Theme."

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Song Artist Film
Notes and Videos




Kingston Calypso (Three Blind Mice)




John Barry
Dr. No
Underneath the Mango Tree





Dr. No This song is heard throughout Dr. No -- played by a live band at Puss Feller's club, heard on the radio, and hummed idly by several characters.

From Russia with Love


Matt Munro From Russia With Love Composed by Lionel Bart ("Oliver")

Instrumental version is played over the opening titles.

Matt Munro's vocal version is first heard while Bond is boating with Sylvia Trench.

Full vocal version is played over closing titles.


Goldfinger




Shirley Bassey Goldfinger Composed by John Barry

Lyrics by Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse
Thunderball




Tom Jones Thunderball Composed by John Barry

Lyrics by Don Black


(Last minute replacement for song "Mr. Kiss-Kiss Bang-Bang" composed by Barry and Bricusse and sung by Dionne Warwick)


Mr. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang




Dionne Warwick
Composed by John Barry and Leslie Bricusse (instrumental version heard while Bond is dancing with Fiona Volpe)


You Only Live Twice




Nancy Sinatra You Only Live Twice Composed by John Barry

Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse
On Her Majesty's Secret Service



John Barry
On Her Majesty's Secret Service


We Have All the Time in the World


Louis Armstrong


Composed by John Barry

Lyrics by Hal David


Diamonds Are Forever




Shirley Bassey Diamonds Are Forever Composed by John Barry

Lyrics by Don Black


Live and Let Die




Paul McCartney & Wings Live and Let Die Composed by Paul and Linda McCartney

arranged by George Martin (who also scored the film)
The Man with the Golden Gun




Lulu The Man with the Golden Gun Composed by John Barry

Lyrics by Don Black


Nobody Does it Better



Carly Simon The Spy Who Loved Me Composed by Marvin Hamlisch (The Way we Were, a Chorus Line)

Lyrics by Carole Bayer Sager

The first song not to have the movie title as the song's title


Where Are You?




Shirley Bassey Moonraker Composed by John Barry

Lyrics by Hal David


For Your Eyes Only




Sheena Easton For Your Eyes Only Composed by Bill Conti

Lyrics by Michael Leeson


This is the only Bond theme in which the singer is depicted singing the song during the opening credits.



All Time High




Rita Coolidge Octopussy Composed by John Barry

Lyrics by Tim Rice


A View to a Kill




Duran Duran A View to a Kill Composed by Duran-Duran and John Barry

The only Bond song to hit #1 in the U.S.!

The Living Daylights



A-ha The Living Daylights Composed by Paul Waaktaar and John Barry

The song became the subject of lawsuits between the band and Barry. Barry contended the band was ill-prepared to record in the studio. A-ha claimed that Barry chose the wrong vocal "takes" and mixed the song poorly. Settled out of court.

To date, the last score composed by John Barry





If There Was a ManThe Pretenders
The Living Daylights
Composed by John Barry

Lyrics by Chryssie Hynde

Where Has Everybody Gone?




The Pretenders
It's the motifs of this song (and not the a-ha theme song) that are repeated in the score throughout the film.

The song can also be heard over Necros's headphones both when he's posing as a milkman and when he attacks the agent in Vienna.



License to Kill



Gladys Knight License to Kill Composed by Narada Michael Walden and Walter "Baby Love" Afansieff (after work composed by Barry and Bricusse)


If You Asked Me To

Patti Labelle
The film-ending song ''If You Asked Me To'' Became a a huge hit for Celine Dion years after its debut in "Licence To Kill" (where it was sung by Patti LaBelle)
Goldeneye




Tina Turner GoldenEye Composed by Bono and "The Edge" from U-2

End Title song "The Experience of Loving" written and performed by Eric Serra



Tomorrow Never Dies











"Surrender" (sung by k.d. lang)

Sheryl Crow Tomorrow Never Dies


Composed by Sheryl Crow and Mitchell Froom

End Title song "Tomorrow Never Dies (Surrender)" composed by David Arnold

Lyrics by Don Black sung by k.d.lang


The World is not Enough




Garbage The World is Not Enough Composed by David Arnold
Lyrics by Don Black
Die Another Day

Madonna Die Another Day


Composed by Madonna arranged by Michael Colombier

You Know My Name


Chris Cornell Casino Royale

Composed by David Arnold and Chris Cornell

end tittles by david arnold


Another Way to Die


Jack White and Alicia Keys Quantum of Solace
SkyfallAdeleSkyfall

Unofficial Movies

Song Artist Movie Notes and Videos
Casino Royale


Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass Casino Royale (1967)
The Look of Love

Dusty Springfield Casino Royale (1967)
Here's Diana Krall's recent version
Never Say Never Again

Lani Hall and Herb Alpert Never Say Never Again



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