Nobody Does It Better [April A2Z]

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Welcome to my April A-Z! This month I will be posting about James Bond 007 every day except Sunday, mostly focusing on the movies, not the books. Enjoy!

One of the most enjoyable aspects of a Bond flick is the music. Fans love to hear the signature theme play near the beginning after “Bond, James Bond” introduces himself and the scene segues to the “gun barrel sequence.” Almost every 007 film begins this way. That original music was written by Monty Norman, who has received royalties since 1962. John Barry wrote the “007 adventure” music for From Russia with Love, and this music has appeared during action scenes of subsequent Bond films. Norman has won two libel actions against publishers for claiming that Barry wrote the theme. The James Bond Theme is what plays during the gun barrel sequence (and sometimes other places). Monty and John are listed as composers on some of the songs that play during the films (the songs are distinct from the theme music).

Luckily for us, YouTube has a plethora of videos to choose from to watch the opening sequence of Bond films along with the music. I chose a compilation to share and it’s really interesting to view the subtle changes in the gun barrel sequence as well as slight modifications to the tune. What’s also interesting is to see how much more comfortable Connery and Craig are when firing their guns as opposed to Moore, who actually hated guns in real life. I never noticed that before, but it’s obvious when you view the openings one after another. Yes, I watched the whole thing as a true Bond aficionado.

Bond films have introduced us to memorable songs as well. I already mentioned Shirley Bassey singing “Goldfinger” and “Diamonds Are Forever,” and there are many more. Other great tunes are “Thunderball” sung by Tom Jones, “Live and Let Die” written and performed by Paul McCartney & Wings, “Nobody Does It Better” sung by Carly Simon (for The Spy Who Loved Me), and “Writing’s On the Wall” written and performed by Sam Smith (for Spectre). I had mixed feelings about Adele’s “Skyfall,” but it’s grown on me. I love her singing generally, but I thought that song was too “light” for such a heavy movie at the time.

My personal favorite is the Carly song.

Tune in tomorrow for more A-Z Bond!


Information and images from Wikipedia, Wallpapercave.

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25 responses to “Nobody Does It Better [April A2Z]

  1. It’s one of my favorite part of the movies, the trademark music!

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  2. Often the best part of the movie.

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  3. Nobody does Bond better than you Paula.

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  4. Yes I agree with your song choices. No movie series does such an amazing job on their intros like Bond films. Great share. Again enjoyed it very much. Thanks Paula.❤

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  5. My all-time favorite guitarist, Laurence Juber, was the primary picker on that soundtrack. /trivia

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  6. I was compelled to watch the whole video also. I never noticed they all started the same way (except for that one, which is an anomaly.) Brosnan had the most suave turn and fire 🙂 I do love those James Bond songs, there have been a good bunch of them.

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  7. The compilation was pretty cool. I’ll have to see if Moore Bond braces like that in the movies… I can’t remember 🤔

    I never knew, or I’ve forgotten that Nobody Does It Better is a Bond song. I just like the song😆🎶💃🏼

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  8. The “James Bond theme” is my ringtone…

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  9. Never truly paid this any attention before! LOL!

    Roger does looks a tad bit off, and Sean will forever be my fav, but right now, I’m on Team Pierce! 😀 😀 😀

    (Totally forgot about Timothy!) LOL!

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  10. One of my favorite Bond theme songs. But my #1 favorite is Garbage’s World is Not Enough.

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  11. Have you heard the latest one – Billie Eilish’s No Time to Die. Quite good, actually, if on the conventional side.

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  12. If I’m picking Bonds based on opening shooting sequence alone, Timothy Dalton and Daniel Craig win. BTW, did you notice Sean Connery’s right knee wobbles? He gets no down-votes for that; just something you notice when it’s repeated a few times in row. 😀

    As for theme songs: The one you picked, “Live and Let Die”, and “Goldfinger” by Shirley Bassey just because I love her voice doing that song. The Bond song that really disappointed me was Tina Turner’s (Goldeneye).

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  13. I watched the entire video fo the barrel sequence too. How interesting. You’d think it’s alwasy the same thing, insead it’s never the same thing.

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