Top 007 James Bond Musical Title Sequences

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59 years ago today, United Artists released Dr. No, the first film adaptation of Ian Feming's James Bond novels. There have since been 21 more movies with another one on the way, and the series is the second-highest grossing film series ever after Harry Potter.

One of the things that continue to distinguish the Bond films is their highly stylized title sequences, usually with a new song by a popular artist. The word is Adele is up to croon the upcoming installment, and past efforts have included Paul McCartney, Madonna, Duran Duran and more. However, it all started with this.

Monty Norman composed the James Bond theme, and John Barry arranged it. Norman got the job because Albert R. Broccoli was a fan of a musical Norman had written about the murderer Hawley Crippen. Fun fact; Alan Moore borrowed Crippen's first name for his incarnation of the Invisible Man in League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. James Bond himself appears in the third volume of the series.

Bond film title sequences are some of our favorite examples of pop art, and to celebrate their introduction into the world we present the top 007.

007. The Spy Who Loved Me

Unfortunately, most of the videos we've found of the Bond openings have had embedding disabled, so you'll have to click the links to watch them. First on our list is The Spy Who Loved Me. What's not to like? Carly Simon sings the tune ("Nobody Does It Better") and you've got nude women doing gymnastics on gun barrels. Plus, there's something weirdly erotic about a girl wearing nothing but one of those furry Russian hats.

006: The Living Daylights

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Look, we love both A-Ha and Timothy Dalton's Bond. We know. We know. We don't know why the Houston Press pays us either. (He works cheap - Ed.) The naked girls return in the title sequence for The Living Daylights, though there's a lot more gunplay than trampolines in this one. Our favorite bit is the girl who rises out of the full champagne glass with perfect make-up and dry hair.

005: Goldeneye

If nothing else you have to love Goldeneye for changing up the formula on the title sequences. Not that we won't always love the mod blue and black that seems to dominate them, but between the firey colors and the giant leering statues of Stalin we think this one really adds so spice for the eyes. Besides, who doesn't adore Tina Turner?

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Tom Jones' Thunderball could have been played over a photo montage of sad puppies and still should have been included in this list. BONDIEST SONG EVAR!

Mel Sharkskin
Mel Sharkskin

It's probably a typo, but screen Bond is not THAT old. He's 49, not 59. And I could not have mad that list without including Shirley Bassey's sublime voice singing the theme over the "Goldfinger" credits. And how about Tom Jones' belting John Barry's (oh, he's so missed) "Thunderball" with the required naked, swimming women behind the credits? Gotta agree with you on Duran Duran's "View to a Kill," though I've no doubt I'm going to hell for it.


Total agreement here. I admit to loving Timothy Dalton as Bond, and Duran Duran's theme for A View to a Kill was what got me watching the Bond movies in the first place (and that means a lot given that I'm such a Bond freak that my bachelorette party had a Bond girl theme!).


Hell yeah The Living Daylights!

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