"A sweet distraction for an hour or two ..." The best of Bond themes of the '80s
It's a shame that Octopussy gets a bad rap because of the silly name. It's easily one of the most "fun" Bond movies in the franchises. And the theme song by Rita Coolidge? Heavenly.
Still where does it rank among the best James Bond theme songs of the '80s? With the Florida Orchestra set to perform "Classic Bond" around Tampa Bay this weekend as part of their pop series, it's time to get off the fence and rank them. (I'll be at tonight's performance at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Pete).
Vote for your own personal ranking, but here is mine:
TOP BOND THEMES OF THE 1980s:
5. LICENSE TO KILL (Gladys Knight): Love the orchestration and voice, not so crazy about the lyrics.
4. A VIEW TO A KILL (Duran Duran): It was the band's biggest hit to date, but it never really felt like either a Bond song or a Duran Duran song. (And yes, the video is fantastic.)
3. THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS (a-ha): Of all the Bond themes, this one might be biggest earworm. Any word on whether the band performs it live still? One last chance, of course, since a-ha is doing their farewell tour dates.
2. ALL TIME HIGH (Rita Coolidge): Do we dare subtract points because the song isn't called Octopussy? Remember, not every Bond song has the name of the movie as its song title.
1. FOR YOUR EYES ONLY (Sheena Easton): Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think this title sequence is the only one (maybe just the first one) to feature the actual singer performing the song. If I wasn't already hopelessly in love with Deborah Foreman, I think I would have run off with Sheena after seeing this movie's opening sequence.
Okay, time to tell I'm wrong and give me your own ranking.