The Best of Bond

Austin powers, Derek Flint, John Shaft, Matt Helm, Ethan Hunt all bow their heads to the one original… Bond.

History books tell us James Bond was born when Ian Fleming placed his fingers on the keys of his typewriter in the 1950s at Goldeneye in Jamaica. In regards to music, Bond was not born until 1962 at the opening of Dr. No when Monty Normans legendary James Bond theme played under a series of moving, flashing, colorful dots.

The theme is now the most recognized two minutes in the history of film music. It calls to mind not just a character but also an entire world of girls, gadgets, guns, thrills, double entendres and more. Today there are 20 official movies and two unofficial ones. James Bond movies are the most successful film franchises in the world. Some of the films are dark serious by stories and others are silly self- parodies. The style has always been the fun and the music that for three generations has defined the world's sexiest, suavest, coolest secret agent.

The Bond producers Harry Salzsman and Albert Broccoli realized the movies going forward needed to open with a more intriguing way than the first effort. So starting with From Russia with Love two elements were added to the films: elaborate title sequences and theme songs.

Many fans look forward to the Bond title sequences more than they do the actual films. There are often highly suggestive, borderline pornographic meeting movies that feature new girls silhouettes and sometimes compromising positions that involve guns, diamonds, water and other imagery from the films. Sometimes Bond himself is featured and on one occasion the singer of the theme song was featured, Sheena Easton and For Your Eyes Only.

The songs became as important to the series of the sequences and have proven to be the most durable. They bring a musical voice to the films and provide a marketable hook and can be played on the radio and bring more ticket buyers to the theaters.