Title Song Performers of the Brosnan Era
Posted 21 September 2006 - 03:14 AM
Posted 22 September 2006 - 05:24 AM
Case in point: The "Tomorrow Never Dies"/"Surrender" conundrum. k.d. lang's is unquestionably the superior song of the two, but it's so unabashedly retro, it might alienate casual movie goers. So instead they push it to the end credits and get Sheryl Crow for the main titles, which has a bit of that James Bond vibe but is completely undone by Sheryl Crow's vocals which are not at all put to their best effect. (Frankly, Crow would have been better aping Carly Simon than Shirley Bassey)
As for the song "Goldeneye", like the Brosnan films it's top-heavy with big names (Tina Turner doing a song by Bono & the Edge), but lets the listener down by the fact Tina never cuts loose with the full-lunged power we know she has, and make the song completely her own. Still I'd give it a thumbs up even if with the names involved it should really have blown us away.
"The World is not Enough" is a much better balance of the need for a traditional Bond sound with the attempts to be more modern. I'm a huge Garbage fan so it is, "Surrender" aside, my favourite of the Brosnan-era title songs. However I will admit it's not one of the band's best songs, and it's not one truly great Bond songs. A pity.
As for "Die Another Day"? I'll just say that after hearing how the song was essentially pre-made and seen by Madonna's camp as just a bit of marketing synergy, I sometimes wonder if not just the execrable quality of the song but such a blatant example of uncaring business on Madonna's part is what made the Eon producers decide to draw the Brosnan era to a close, and rethink what they wanted to do for their next Bond film.
Edited by OK Connery, 22 September 2006 - 05:29 AM.
Posted 11 October 2006 - 09:44 PM
My favorite is Goldeneye (I like the beat), Followed by TWINE, then DAD and TND.
Still, none of these compare with songs I prefer MUCH more from the past Bonds - such as FRWL, GF, TB, AVTAK and yes, I like TLD song.
Posted 11 October 2006 - 10:39 PM
Posted 23 October 2006 - 03:20 PM
Edited by 00Twelve, 23 October 2006 - 03:20 PM.
Posted 29 October 2006 - 09:53 PM
Tomorrow Never Dies: My next favorite. Its got the classic Bond sound to it. Sheryl Crowe may not be my most favorite singer, (hell they could have totaly screwed this up and chosen Alanis Morrisette to do the song!), but her voice just seems right for this. It also happens to be my most favorite film of all the Brosnan Bonds.
The World is Not Enough: From this point, things start to go down hill. Will the theme tune is quite good, I'm still scratching my head as to how Garbage was chosen to perform it. I'll always associate them with that damn annoying " Stupid Girl" song.
Ew. Alanis Morissette would be a perfect Bondian singer. Have you ever heard 'Uninvited?'
And Garbage has an excellent record. Stupid Girl is an excellent song.
Posted 06 December 2006 - 01:27 PM
TND and DAD are more adventurous.
But Surrender is the best bond song since Nobody Does It Better.
Posted 18 December 2006 - 12:38 AM
Posted 21 December 2006 - 02:31 PM
1) Tina Turner / GoldenEye
2) Garbage / The World Is Not Enough
3) Sheryl Crow / Tomorrow Never Dies
4) Madonna / Die Another Day
Posted 21 January 2007 - 01:57 AM
An epilogue, however, would be that I still don't understand how or why Madonna was involved in the 40th Anniversary movie at all. I wish Graves had "accidentally" beheaded her during the Blades Club fight. In real life.
Posted 21 January 2007 - 04:33 AM
Posted 21 January 2007 - 10:19 AM
Posted 21 January 2007 - 06:08 PM
Posted 08 March 2007 - 07:01 PM
Posted 08 March 2007 - 07:22 PM
TWINE is nowhere near my favourite Bond theme, and GE is my least favourite. In my opinion it was the worst era for theme songs.
Posted 22 March 2007 - 05:17 PM
Posted 14 July 2007 - 11:35 PM
Posted 11 September 2007 - 12:50 AM
Posted 11 September 2007 - 01:23 AM
Posted 23 December 2007 - 11:33 AM
I have never understood the Eric Serra bashing. His music was distinctive. it fits the tone of the film, and can be listened and enjoyed on their own without the visuals. How can you see it is horrible piece of work with compositions like: We Share the Same Passions, The Severnaya Suite (which was used repeatedly in other tracks), Ladies Firsts, the GoldenEye Overture.
Then again, I have yet to hear anyone of those bashers gives a reason to justify their dislike of the soundtrack.
I have been a huge fan of Bond music and I found David Arnold's work very much mediocre. Very generic and with very little distinction between the first three movies he scored. The only one he did that I actually like is Casino Royale....that is because by then Arnold realized Bond music is not about noise.
As for the songs, Madonna's Die Another Day is unusual for a Bond movie but far from the worst. It is interesting that even though she is a woman, the song itself can be said to be sung in the voice any of the five main characters in the movie (Bond, Moon, Frost, Jinx or Zao). David Arnold once bragged that he didn't incorporate any of Madonna's song in the score. Ironically, her song was much better than the score that he composed. In the song, she sang: I'm gonna avoid the cliches, I'm gonna shake up the system. In a way she did, she could have easily composed a typical Bondian song, but knowing Madonna, she is not going fawn over 007.
For me, the worse title song is GoldenEye. While I admired Tina Turner's vocals work in it, lyric and melody-wise it is awful. It started out well until it hits the chorus: You never know how I watch you from the shadows blah blah blah blah...just jam in all the words you need regardless.
The best song in the Brosnan era for me is Surrender by kd lang,relegated to the credits (however, I do notice the version used in the films have different vocals than the one in the soundtrack. The movie version sounded like a demo whereas the soundtrack sounded more polished). Otherwise it is "The World Is Not Enough".
As for Bond 23, I am praying the David Arnold continue the trend that he followed in Casino Royale: incorporate the title song more into the score and cut down on the noise and repetition.
Posted 23 December 2007 - 12:30 PM
Posted 14 January 2008 - 05:33 AM
Then I'd have to choose Die Another Day. Madonna gives it a twist that doesnt seem just like another song. Give that unique spin.
Then Tomorrow Never Dies.
Love the Lyrics here as well.
Lastly Golden Eye.
Posted 01 March 2008 - 08:04 AM
Posted 01 March 2008 - 08:12 AM
I voted for GoldenEye by Tina Turner, but TWINE is a very close second. I really like that song, it is mysterious and quite catchy.