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Chris Cornell Rip: Why His James Bond Theme Song for ‘Casino Royale’ Is One of the Best

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Chris Cornell Rip: Why His James Bond Theme Song for ‘Casino Royale’ Is One of the Best
Chris Cornell died May 17 in Detroit hotel at the age of 52. It’s a passing far too soon for anyone, much less a singer who leaves behind the cultural impact of Soundgarden, supergroup Temple of the Dog, and Audioslave. But in his solo work, Cornell also left a particular cinematic legacy as the co-writer and performer of “You Know My Name,” the Grammy-nominated theme song for 2006 James Bond film “Casino Royale.”

Read More: ‘Bond 25’: Why The Next Director Could Be Indie

There are many things that make this James Bond reboot (the first to star Daniel Craig) one of the better popcorn movies of the young millennium. Craig’s steely lead turn, Eva Green’s alluring subversion of Bond girl tropes, and a thrilling parkour chase sequence anchor the film from its opening black-and-white sequence to its mythology-looping close.

And all of it is jump-started by that Cornell song.
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Ranked: Every James Bond Title Sequence

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The Bond title sequences are an important tradition for the franchise. Join us as we count them down from worst to best.

The title sequence is a trademark of the Bond franchise. It sets the tone for the film while using artistry to bring important themes and ideas to audience’s periphery. It’s more than just guns and girls, it’s a calling card that gives the Bond films a sophistication and uniqueness that its competitors and impostors lack. Through the years, these sequences have become more complicated and sophisticated, but the goal is the same: wow the audience.

Below we've listed the title sequences of all of the Eon Productions/MGM Studios films from worst to best based on the following criteria:

Song Rating = How good/memorable is the song?

Creativity = Have we seen it before?

Wow-Factor = The impact on the viewer.

Execution = How well made is it
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For Your Ears Only: Ranking the songs of James Bond

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Let’s face it. The songs are the best parts of the James Bond movies. Throughout 007’s five decades, the title tracks are each film’s one hope of rising above dubious casting choices, retreads of old villains, and grandiose plots for world domination that will inevitably be foiled. And like all that other stuff, we like the songs because they’re another expected element in a series that’s filled with them, a pop cultural barometer for measuring the secret agent’s standing in the zeitgeist.

Bond songs can be aged bygones of their time with poetically vague lyrics that don’t add up to much, but the best ones rise above their period trappings to comment and reflect on their respective films. With Spectre set to hit American theaters this week, let’s look back at each and every title song in Metro Golden Mayer’s canon:

24. Rita Coolidge
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23 best and worst Bond theme songs ranked: Which are classics and which need their 00 status revoked?

23 best and worst Bond theme songs ranked: Which are classics and which need their 00 status revoked?
James Bond is finally back in Spectre and, like all Bond films, it boasts a high-profile theme tune from an artist-of-the-moment. But where does Sam Smith sit in the illustrious ranks of Shirley Bassey, Paul McCartney and Rita Coolidge (!)? We've gone back through every single 007 song to find out which ones are earworms and which need their 00 status revoked.

A quick point to note: we've discounted instrumentals so the opening credits pieces from Dr No and On Her Majesty's Secret Service are not on the list.

23. 'Another Way to Die' - Jack White & Alicia Keys (2008)

The first and only duet in the entire Bond theme back catalogue, on paper this sounded great but what emerged was a sludgy, lifeless and unremarkable track that went in one ear and out the other.

22. 'Die Another Day' - Madonna (2002)

Compounding the horror of her on-screen cameo in this stinker of a
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The British public vote for their favourite James Bond theme of all time

With the brand new 007 movie Spectre only a couple of weeks away from release, and Sam Smith’s new single Writing’s On The Wall riding high at the top of the UK charts, the British public have been out in force voting for their favourite Bond theme of all time.

perhaps unsurprisingly Adele’s Skyfall from the film of the same name topped the poll, which was conducted by Bingocams. The track, from the 2012 film of the same name, attracted a huge 366 votes out of the poll of 1700 people, nearly double that of its nearest rival, Paul McCartney and Wings’ superb Live and Let Die, which bagged 188 votes.

Shirley Bassey’s scored a double-whammy with third and fourth place with her themes from Diamonds Are Forever (160 votes) at the number three position, and Goldfinger with 147 votes in fourth. Carly Simon’s Nobody Does It Better from The Spy Who Loved Me
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22 best and worst Bond theme songs ranked: Every single's here, but which are classics and which need their 00 status revoked?

22 best and worst Bond theme songs ranked: Every single's here, but which are classics and which need their 00 status revoked?
According to Spectre director Sam Mendes, we'll soon find out who'll be joining the illustrious ranks of Shirley Bassey, Paul McCartney and Rita Coolidge (!) in belting out a James Bond theme.

To mark the occasion, we've gone back through every single 007 song to find out which ones are earworms and which need their 00 status revoked. A quick point to note: we've discounted instrumentals so the opening credits pieces from Dr No and On Her Majesty's Secret Service are not on the list.

22. 'Another Way to Die' - Jack White & Alicia Keys (2008)

The first and only duet in the entire Bond theme back catalogue, on paper this sounded great but what emerged was a sludgy, lifeless and unremarkable track that went in one ear and out the other.

21. 'Die Another Day' - Madonna (2002)

Compounding the horror of her on-screen cameo in this stinker of a film is Madonna's
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Adele To Perform At Oscars: Watch Other Bond Themes Sung Live

Adele To Perform At Oscars: Watch Other Bond Themes Sung Live
From MTV News

We now have confirmation that Adele will perform "Skyfall" at the Academy Awards (shortly before collecting her Oscar, we hope). The song will be a part of the tribute to James Bond and his 50 years on screen.

An enormous part of that tradition is undoubtedly the bombastic opening theme songs, so in anticipation for Adele's big performance, we've rounded up a collection of other Bond themes sung live.

Check them out after the jump!

"Goldfinger" by Shirley Bassey

"Live and Let Die" by Paul McCartney and Wings

"Nobody Does It Better" by Carly Simon

"A View to a Kill" by Duran Duran

"Goldeneye" by Tina Turner

"Die Another Day" by Madonna

"You Know My Name" by Chris Cornell

Bonus Awesomeness: "Nobody Does It Better" by Radiohead
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Best of Bond...James Bond: 50 Years - 50 Tracks review

Ignoring the 1954 American television version of Casino Royale (and one really should), it’s been 50 years this month since James Bond first graced the silver screen and entered the world’s consciousness and collective hearts. Created by author and former secret service agent Ian Fleming, Bond was a Commander in Her Majesty’s Royal Navy who became a Double-o agent of MI6. He’s a spy who kills and loves without conscience, suave yet deadly. The classic cliché of a man who women want and men want to be. Six actors and twenty-two official movies later, and Bond is still just as popular. And now, Capitol Records and MGM Music have released a new album filled with all sorts of musical goodies from those films.

The two-disc set starts off with The John Barry Orchestra performing the now iconic “James Bond Theme”, which is just as exciting to listen to
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A Definitive Guide to the 10 Best James Bond Themes

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A word about Adele's "Skyfall," the theme of the upcoming same-named James Bond film starring Daniel Craig in his third turn as 007: Eh? The institution of the Bond theme is built on gorgeously overwrought music and ballistic emotions, and "Skyfall" feels like a drippy, austere tune with a so-so conclusion.

The best Bond themes combine five key elements: melodrama, a compelling vocal, classic James Bond appeal, a touch of the insane, and a palpable sexiness. Based on those criteria, "Skyfall" wouldn't even make a top 10 list of Bond anthems. But what would? I count down James Bond's 10 best musical triumphs (songs only, no scores) below.

10. Chris Cornell, "You Know My Name"

Melodrama: 6

Compelling Vocal: 7

Classic Bond Appeal: 8

A Touch of the Insane: 5

Sexiness: 7

Total: 33

By 2006, it'd been years since we'd heard a definitive "rock" Bond anthem, so Chris Cornell's sinister track felt like the freshest possible fit
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Win The Best Of Bond. James Bond . New Collection Of Iconic Music From 50 years Of 007

2012 marks the 50th anniversary of the iconic James Bond film franchise, and in conjunction with Eon Productions and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, Capitol/Emi is proud to join the world.s celebration of 007. Best Of Bond. James Bond, a new commemorative collection of the legendary films. digitally remastered music, will be released in two configurations on October 9th (October 8th outside of North America). Best Of Bond. James Bond features the memorable theme songs from all 22 official Bond films and will be available on CD and digitally, and as a deluxe, .50 Years . 50 Tracks. 2Cd and digital collection. On October 5th, the 50th anniversary of the release of the first Bond film, Dr. No, James Bond Day was celebrated around the world.

The 23-track single-disc edition and deluxe edition of Best Of Bond. James Bond both feature the themes from all 22 Bond films released since 1962, including The John Barry Orchestra.s seminal .James Bond Theme. from Dr. No,
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50 Years Of Timeless 007′s Bond Themes And Score Selections Compiled And Remastered For Commemorative CD, 2Cd and Digital Releases

2012 marks the 50th anniversary of the iconic James Bond film franchise, and in conjunction with Eon Productions and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, Capitol/Emi is proud to join the world’s celebration of 007. Best Of Bond. James Bond, a new commemorative collection of the legendary films’ digitally remastered music, will be released in two configurations on October 9th (October 8th outside of North America). Best Of Bond. James Bond features the memorable theme songs from all 22 official Bond films and will be available on CD and digitally, and as a deluxe, “50 Years – 50 Tracks” 2Cd and digital collection.

On October 5th, the 50th anniversary of the release of the first Bond film, Dr. No, James Bond Day will be celebrated around the world. Best Of Bond. James Bond will be available for pre-order on James Bond Day.

The 23-track single-disc edition and deluxe edition of Best Of Bond. James Bond both feature the
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