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5 James Bond Themes That Almost Were

At the 2013 Oscar Ceremony, Bond girl Halle Berry introduced the montage of homage made to honor 50 years of 007, calling the music in the films, “a genre all its own.”

While a very nice thing to say, she may have been more right than she realized. Through the classic riff played by Vic Flick in Dr. No, the power pop of Shirley Bassey in Goldfinger, and Tom Jones’ booming performance of Thunderball, James Bond music definitely has a unique sound. It’s easy to tell when the Bond theme is being parodied or recycled in other forms of music.

However, there are only twenty-three Bond films (25 including the Non-Eon rogue films) and even fewer themes to define this so-called “genre.” Or is there?

James Bond is a legacy that everyone wants to be part of. So it comes as no surprise that for every Bond film song that got picked, there
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For Your Ears Only - The 10 Best Bond Themes

Goldfinger. GoldenEye. The Man with the Golden Gun. The world's most famous Martini drinker (shaken not stirred, naturally) has long been synonymous with that most precious and coveted of metals, but given his illustrious half century on the cinema screen there's one area in which gold has eluded him time and again – the Oscars.

Prior to last year's Skyfall (2012) the fifty year old, 24 movie series had garnered just nine nominations, two of which bagged 007 a statue at the 1965 Academy Awards for different films. The Best Effects, Sound Effects award was given to Norman Wanstall for Goldfinger (1964) and John Stears walked off with the Best Effects, Special Visual Effects Oscar for Thunderball (1965).

Though U2 were second choice for the job after the Rolling Stones had turned down a request to come up with a song, Bono was particularly pleased to land the gig as he'd spent his honeymoon at Ian Fleming's house in Jamaica.
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The curse of the James Bond theme

After Adele's Bond theme failed to top the charts, we wonder if all Bond themes are commercially cursed

There were high hopes for Adele's theme song to the new James Bond film, Skyfall – not least the expectation that this would be the first 007 signature track to top the UK charts. It's not as if a number one chart position has been a problem for the multi-award winning Adele, after all.

Yet it seems the singer may have been struck down by what many regard as a Bond-related curse. Skyfall only reached number two in this week's charts, and was held off top spot by Swedish House Mafia, of all people. Here are a few past Bond themes that also failed to make it to the top of the charts – and a few that didn't make them at all ...

Duran DuranA View To A Kill (UK: 2, Us: 1, 1985)

The
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007′s “The Music of Bond: The First 50 Years” To Be Celebrated At The Academy

As part of the global 50th anniversary celebration of James Bond, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present “The Music of Bond: The First 50 Years,” on Friday, October 5, at 7:30 p.m. at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Held 50 years to the day after the U.K. opening of the first Bond film, “Dr. No,” the evening pays homage to the memorable title songs and indelible scores that have become as celebrated as the films themselves.

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Hosted by music historian and writer Jon Burlingame, the program will feature many of the people who made the music, including composer Bill Conti (“For Your Eyes Only”), songwriter Carole Bayer Sager (“Nobody Does It Better” from “The Spy Who Loved Me”), lyricist Don Black (title songs for “Thunderball,” “Diamonds Are Forever,” “The Man with the Golden Gun” and “The World Is Not Enough
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Music Of James Bond Celebration At A.M.P.A.S., Beverly Hills, October 5

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Academy To Celebrate The Music Of James Bond

Beverly Hills, CA – As part of the global 50th anniversary celebration of James Bond, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present "The Music of Bond: The First 50 Years," on Friday, October 5, at 7:30 p.m. at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Held 50 years to the day after the U.K. opening of the first Bond film, "Dr. No," the evening pays homage to the memorable title songs and indelible scores that have become as celebrated as the films themselves.

Hosted by music historian and writer Jon Burlingame, the program will feature many of the people who made the music, including composer Bill Conti ("For Your Eyes Only"), songwriter Carole Bayer Sager ("Nobody Does It Better" from "The Spy Who Loved Me"), lyricist Don Black (title songs for "Thunderball," "Diamonds Are Forever," "The Man with the Golden Gun
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Music in the movies: the scores of John Barry 1960-1967

Composer John Barry may be best known for his 007 scores, but we look beyond Bond for a detailed look at the rest of his extraordinary career...

Timeless, innovative, expansive and sensual, the music of John Barry Prendergast is a thought-provoking testament to a man who set the bar high and kept on raising it.

For many of us, the work of British composer, Barry, is synonymous with the Bond franchise, and there's no mistaking his contribution to that legacy. His work (along with that of Monty Norman) came to signify the arch, dangerously seductive swagger and cool, ambivalent melancholy that is the man behind the martini glass. He captured a world of intrigue, code and double meaning, of subterfuge, ambiguity, covert operation and sexuality. His was a trenchant and identifiable yet intriguingly elliptical and diverse musical sensibility that lassoed widely different vocalists from Louis Armstrong to Duran Duran, invariably producing something magnetic and memorable.
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John Barry Passes Away at 77

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John Barry Passes Away at 77
Composer John Barry, a five-time Oscar winner who created the legendary theme song for the James Bond movies, passed away at age 77. While a cause of death wasn't officially given, the BBC reports that he surrendered to a heart attack. Here is a brief statement issued by John Barry's family to Eon Productions, the company behind all the James Bond movies:

"It is with great sadness that the family of composer John Barry announce his passing on January 30, 2011 in New York. Mr. Barry is survived by his wife Laurie of 33 years and his four children and five grandchildren."

John Barry formed the John Barry Seven in the 1950s along with guitarist Vic Flick. After the group composed the score for the TV series Beat Girl in 1960 for singer/actor Adam Faith, Eon Productions took notice and hired John Barry to compose the score for their first James Bond movie,
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