5 Artists Who Should Sing the Next Bond Theme
As the Bond 23 production chugs along at its notoriously secretive pace, there has already been mention of who should sing its theme, a highly coveted honor previously bestowed on musical luminaries including: Shirley Bassey, Tom Jones, Lulu, Duran Duran and Gladys Knight. While the previous two themes have been met with mixed to negative reception, it hasn’t been enough to dampen the anticipation for serious Bond enthusiasts. Critics were tad kinder to Chris Cornell’s bad ass “You Know My Name” than Jack and Alicia’s inspired “Another Way to Die”, I think both were on the right track. Cornell’s track hits me in all the right Bassey places. As for Jack & Alicia it’s as saucy and frustrating (in a good way) as Lulu’s “The Man with the Golden Gun”.
1. Bjork – Bjork is my front runner. Honestly, I can’t figure out why she hasn’t been tapped to sing a theme. You don’t necessarily have to be a Bjork or Bond fan to see this is a marriage made in musical heaven. A mid tempo ballad a la “Nobody Does it Better” all Bjorkified would be brilliant. Actually, I’ve always thought “Hyperballad” sounded like a Bond theme!
2. Prince – Oh the royal purple one has been raising his profile whether it’s through his well publicized aversion to technological advance or his electrifying performances. Ten years ago or even at the height of his 80s fame I wouldn’t have suggested Prince, but as he’s transitioned into Denny’s Early Bird special eligibility I am becoming more fond of him singing a Bond theme.
3. Grace Jones – From Bond Girl to Bond theme singer? How cool would that be? Oh sure, us Grace-o-philes talk a good game when it comes to defending our idol against the slings and arrows of outrageous Gaga conflation, but we need something else! We need our Grace shutting down a “Moonraker” like slow jam!
4. Seal and Sade duet – Oh please, what did you think “Kiss From a Rose” was, if not an inescapable, heavily rotated audition. And Sade. Well what is there to say? But Seal and Sade together? It might tear a hole in fabric of time and space, but I’m willing to risk it.
5. Shakira – One of the hallmarks of a good Bond theme singer is international appeal, a distinct style and talent! What has long been lacking, however, since perhaps P-Mac’s “Live and Let Die” is FUN! Shakira could bring a bit of unabashed hip shaking fun to the classy, sometimes stuffy proceedings. La lo la lo la la, indeed!
Honorable Mention – Siouxsie Sioux!