Now, I present my five selections for my favorite James Bond songs.
Again, I grew up in the Roger Moore era, and remember his films with enormous fondness. The music in those films, in particular, reminds me of my childhood. The Spy Who Loved Me was one of the best of Roger Moore’s outings as Bond, and this song is, rightly, synonymous with the film.
3. “For Your Eyes Only” composed by Bill Conti and Michael Leeson. Performed by Sheena Easton.
For all its spectacular action sequences and outer space action, Moonraker (1979) was sort of a spin out of control for the James Bond. It was one giant step too far, perhaps, though I enjoy aspects of it. For Your Eyes Only has always felt like the re-grounding of Bond to me, and in a wholly appropriate sense. It’s a great film, and one of the truly underrated entries in the franchise. The final sequence with Bond (Moore) rock climbing to reach a mountain-top monastery boasts more suspense than just about any other Bond scene you can name, which is no small feat.
2. “Goldfinger” (1964) composed by Anthony Newley and John Barry, and performed by Shirley Bassey.
New decade. New Bond. New sound.