Favourite and least Daniel Craig theme tune

Now this era of bond is officially over, I wondered what other people thought of the theme tunes?

My favourite - skyfall

Least favourite - another way to die

Favourite - You Know My Name

Least favourite - The Writing’s on the Wall

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Favorite: “You Know My Name”

Least Favorite: “The Writing’s On the Wall” (this one, like the film it appears in, is quite possibly the worst of the bunch)

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Favourite: You know my name.

Least favourite: Another way to die. (Least favourite of them all. But I still kinda like it.)

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Favorite: “No Time to Die”

Least Favorite: “Another Way to Die”

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Favorite: “Writing’s On The Wall”–queer response to The Orphan Trilogy that presages the death of Robot Bond.

Least Favorite: “Another Way to Die”–an interesting idea that manifested oddly.

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Favourite " writings on the wall "
Least favourite " you know my name "

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Favorite: “Skyfall”, it sounds like classic Bond in line of songs like Thunderball, Diamonds are forever etc.

Least favorite: “Another Way to Die”, although the edited version in the movie is better than the full version.

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Favorite: Skyfall

Least favorite: The Writing’s on the Wall

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Like most everyone has said:

Favorite: Skyfall

Least favorite: another way to die

Rankings:

  1. Skyfall
  2. No Time To Die
  3. You Know My Name
  4. Writings on the Wall
  5. Another Way To Die

1-3 are all instant classics and could be interchangeable depending on my mood. WotW has grown on me over the years, despite initially hating it (I still don’t like the falsetto). AWTD is just strange and doesn’t work. Though the solo version Alicia Keys has sung over the years is light years better than the official duet. It pains me to think there was a much better song in No Good About Goodbye (which is even used as a motif throughout the film).

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Only written in full after QOS came out.

I gather the Amy Winehouse theme being made before she died used much of what ended up in it, but don’t quote me on that.

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  1. You Know My Name
  2. Skyfall
  3. No Time To Die
  4. I’ll Take It All
  5. Writing’s On The Wall
  6. Another Way To Die
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Favorite Daniel Craig theme song – You Know My Name – A kick-ass, rockin’ theme song that sets the mood and fits its new James Bond perfectly.

Least favorite Daniel Craig theme song – Writing’s On The Wall – A potentially solid song is completely undone by a cringe-inducing, totally un-Bondian falsetto.

Overall rankings:

  1. You Know My Name
  2. Skyfall
  3. Another Way To Die
  4. No Time To Die
  5. Writing’s On The Wall
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  1. Skyfall
  2. You Know My Name
  3. No Time To Die
  4. Writing’s On The Wall
  5. Another Way To Die

I’m afraid I don’t rate any of the Craig-era songs particularly highly. Skyfall is pretty good. 2 to 5 have all been disappointments for me.

I suppose I quite liked the energy of You Know My Name but too much of it sounded like the theme tune to an 80s action TV show which sat awkwardly with the exemplary quality of the film.

Writing’s On The Wall could have competed for #3 or even #2 without that damned falsetto.

Don’t mind me. I’m still bitter about Surrender…

  1. You know my name. (strong tune, energetic arrangement, spot on for the film)

  2. Writing‘s on the wall. (love the melody, don’t care for Smith, don’t dislike his voice, though)

  3. none

  4. (tie) Skyfall / No time to die (not too fond of Adele and the song, and Eilish‘s song is too depressing for my childlike soul)

  5. Another way to die (it sounds like a demo with great ideas, but two singers who couldn’t hear each other during recording)

  1. “You Know My Name” - One of the franchise’s best, calling back to the days when the franchise would occasionally give us a solid rock song, a la Duran Duran and Paul McCartney.

  2. “No Time to Die” - I was very surprised by this song, as I was not at all thrilled with the prospect of Billie Eilish performing a Bond title. She proved me wrong here, although I don’t think that the song works all that well in the movie. Maybe it was the mix they used for the film, or the sound settings on my TV, or the something to do with the quality of the stream I was watching it on, but it didn’t sound as good in the film as it does just listening to the song off of Youtube. Kleinman’s titles also didn’t help. Outside of the dot motif at the very beginning of the sequence (a really cool way of calling back to Dr. No, unlike the other attempts the film makes), it was his weakest title sequence to date, which in the context of the film hurts the song a bit as well.

  3. “Another Way to Die” - It’s half of a good song. The guitar riff is catchy and, I think, had it been an instrumental I would have liked it significantly more.

  4. “Skyfall” - The song itself isn’t bad. It’s actually OK. I have never cared for Adele’s music, and unlike with Eilish’s effort, this didn’t do anything to sway my opinion.

  5. “Writing’s on the Wall” - the less said about this the better.

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Yes, the problem with the song is an unexpected one. When I first heard of the unusual pairing of Jack White and Alicia Keys, I thought: the choice of Jack White for a Bond song is bold, but they pair him with Keys. If White goes too wild, Keys will be there to catch him and keep it within mainstream.

And what happens? Everything that can be identified as White’s part isn’t that bad, but every noise coming from Keys puts me off…

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I think this is exactly it. They wanted to do something bold and unexpected, perhaps taking the somewhat unconventional choice in Chris Cornell for Casino Royale and then running with that idea again, but ultimately couldn’t commit to making that big of a departure, thus bringing in someone who was very commercially successful at the times in Alicia Keys.

I could just imagine jack white singing ( to the music to doorbell)

" I’m looking at my target, am I gonna hit ? Am I gonna hit it?, I fired but he never fell! Oh well!":joy:

I’m a big fan of You Know My Name. Great song with fantastic lyrics that really tie into the film. The rest of the Craig songs… not so much.

NTTD and WOTW are actually my bottom two of the series.

AWTD is interesting but White and Keys really do not blend well at all and by the time they start with the “woah-oo”, “you gotta die” and “bang, bang”, I find it just insufferable and irritating.

I don’t mind Skyfall but the lyrics have always grated me, particularly the rhyming:

“Let the Skyfall, when it crumbles, we will stand tall and face it all, together”

“What you see I see, I know I’d never beme, Without the security

Maybe a bit picky, but something about it always irks me a little. As does some of the pronunciation used - I always hear “zas Skyfall” instead of “at Skyfall”

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