Goldfinger – Shirley Bassey
Shirley Bassey sang the theme song Goldfinger, and she would go on to sing the theme songs for two other Bond films, Diamonds are Forever and Moonraker. The song was composed by John Barry, with lyrics by Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse. Newley originally sang the song, but Bassey’s recording was used in the film and was featured on the soundtrack.
The Man with the Golden Gun – Lulu
The theme tune to “The Man with the Golden Gun”, released in 1974, was performed by Scottish singer Lulu, and composed by John Barry. The lyrics to the song were written by Don Black. Alice Cooper claims his song “The Man with the Golden Gun” was to be used by the producers of the film, until it was dropped for Lulu’s song instead. Cooper’s song appears on his album Muscle of Love.
GoldenEye – Tina Turner
The theme song, “GoldenEye”, was written by Bono and The Edge, and was performed by Tina Turner. As the producers did not collaborate with Bono or The Edge, alternate versions of the song did not appear throughout GoldenEye, as was the case in previous James Bond films.
Tomorrow Never Dies – Sheryl Crow
The theme was chosen through a competitive process. There were around twelve submissions, including songs from Swan Lee, Pulp, Saint Etienne, Marc Almond, Sheryl Crow, and David Arnold. Crow’s song was chosen for the main titles while David Arnold’s song Surrender, performed by k.d. lang, was used for the end titles, its melody cropping up throughout the film.
Die Another Day – Madonna
The title song for Die Another Day was written and sung by Madonna, who also had a cameo in the film as a fencing instructor. This is the first Bond theme to directly depict the film’s plot since Dr. No; all of the other previous Bond titles are stand-alone set pieces. The concept of the title sequence is to represent Bond trying to survive 14 months of torture at the hands of the North Koreans. Critics’ opinions of the song were sharply divided—it was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Original Song and the 2004 Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording, but also for a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Original Song of 2002. In a MORI poll for the Channel 4 programme “James Bond’s Greatest Hits”, the song was voted 9th out of 22, and also came in as an “overwhelming number one” favorite among those under the age of 24.