James Bond-age: Songs James Bond (presumably) doesn’t like

Licence Expired: The Unauthorized James Bond (ChiZine 2015)

Licence Expired: The Unauthorized James Bond (ChiZine 2015)

Since November is James Bond month (because of the new ChiZine Publications anthology Licence Expired: The Unauthorized James Bond, which I have a small contribution within [click here for purchase information {but only in Canada!}]), I thought I’d fill the month with Bond-related paraphernalia, before my interviews proper with contributors to the new anthology start winning the Internet.

Today, movie music!


They’re almost as treasured as the man himself. We all lay claim to our favourite and least favourite James Bond movie themes. Mine? Paul McCartney’s Live and Let Die is the Bond song I’m most often humming to myself (followed closely by Sheryl Crow’s Tomorrow Never Dies, don’t know why), while the aural mush that is Gladys Knight’s License to Kill is the muzak that plays in a constant loop while I serve out my sentence in Hell.

Yet for every song, there’s a slew of also-rans; songs recorded and rejected for who knows what reasons. And some of them are pretty damned catchy. I love k.d. lang’s try at Tomorrow Never Dies, and Johnny Cash’s ode to Thunderball is a surprise and a half.

BONUS: One of these themes is false. Try to guess which one! I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Anthony Newley , Goldfinger (Goldfinger)
Ace of Base, The Goldeneye (Goldeneye)
Johnny Cash, Thunderball (Thunderball)
Blondie, For Your Eyes Only (For Your Eyes Only
Pulp, Tomorrow Never Lies (Tomorrow Never Dies)
Red Flag, Beyond the Ice (Die Another Day)
Straw, Take My Hand and Decide (The World is Not Enough)
Joe Cornish, Suantum of Quolace (Quantum of Solace)
k.d. lang, Surrender (Tomorrow Never Dies)

Licence Expired: The Unauthorized James Bond (ChiZine 2015)

Licence Expired: The Unauthorized James Bond (ChiZine 2015)

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