Tim Tan Huynh

The best Bond themes that never were

  • 6 Nov 2015
  • The worldwide release of Spectre, the 24th official Bond movie, gives me a chance to post my favorite songs that have a 007 vibe and don't feature in any of the movies.
  1. Swan Lee – “Tomorrow Never Dies”
  2. Swan Lee – “Stay Tonight”
  3. Pulp – “This is Hardcore”
  4. Portishead – “All Mine”
  5. Lana Del Ray – “Shades of Cool”

Swan Lee – “Tomorrow Never Dies” (c 1997)

Could’ve been used in: Tomorrow Never Dies, obviously

This song was actually considered for the 1997 movie before the song by Sheryl Crow was chosen. Swan Lee, a now-disbanded group from Denmark, released this song on their 2001 album Enter and later licensed it for use in the 2006 video game Hitman Blood Money.

Swan Lee – “Stay Tonight” (2001)

Could’ve been used in: any movie in which one of Bond’s lady-friends gets killed

This song is also on the Enter album. It’s my favorite Swan Lee song.

Pulp – “This is Hardcore” (1998)

Could’ve been used in: Quantum of Solace, I guess

This song is the fifth track on Pulp’s album of the same name. It’s over six minutes long, but it could be shortened to play with opening credits and then the full version could be the reprise for the end credits.

Portishead – “All Mine” (1997)

Could’ve been used in: that movie in which one of Bond’s lady-friends tries to kill him first

The video is endearing and unsettling at the same time. This song is the second track, and first single, from the second Portishead album, Portishead.

Lana Del Rey – “Shades of Cool”

Could’ve been used in: Casino Royale, the best Bond movie ever

Lana Del Rey gets a lot of hate, but the opening riff uses the “James Bond chord” to great effect. This song is the third track on her second album, Ultraviolence.