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The James Bond Movie Themes - Ranked from Worst to First

In honor of the late Roger Moore, who died this past week, djrobblog is paying tribute to the late British actor and his most famous role with a ranking of ALL the James Bond theme songs from worst to best, which includes Moore's films as well as that of the other five actors (Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig).

The franchise began with 1962's "Dr. No" starring Connery and continues to this day with the most recent Bond flick, "Spectre," featuring Craig in the lead role.

Excluding "Never Say Never Again" and an earlier satirical take on "Casino Royale," in which David Niven played the lead role, there have been 24 Bond films with 24 distinct theme songs. For this special djrobblog countdown, however, the famous instrumental James Bond theme introduced in "Dr. No," the one that has been common throughout all of the films, is not included in this ranking. It would clearly have the unfair advantage given its franchise tag and its familiarity to all Bond fans.

So only the theme songs used in the next 23 official films are included. And there are some monster hits among them, including classics by Shirley Bassey (the only singer with more than one - she has three), Tom Jones, Carly Simon, Duran Duran, Louie Armstrong, Tina Turner, Gladys Knight and Nancy Sinatra.

Even the recently deceased Chris Cornell of Soundgarden fame once joined the fray.

So, without further delay, here are the James Bond themes ranked by djrobblog in order from worst to best, along with some interesting tidbits about each.

Scroll through and enjoy!


23. "Another Way To Die" - Jack White & Alicia Keys (2008; Quantum of Solace).

Star: Daniel Craig. Song: An unlikely pairing of stars from the 2000s resulted in a predictable failure song-wise. Watching Keys clink and clonk her way on the piano through this go-nowhere tune while she and White deliver uninspired vocals is tough to see. Hearing them at the 2:35 mark with the "ohhhh ohhhh oh ohh ohh" is even harder on the ears.