Cool, romantic, dead-solid sexy. A good Bond song must sound slick as it plays over those undulating opening credits. A good Bond song must conjure images of conspiratorial canoodling and unforgettable Ursula Andress in a killer 'kini. Some 007 tunes do this particularly well (Tom Jones, Thunderball); some would have been better off in a Nair commercial (Sheena Easton, For Your Eyes Only); and some, well, we can't remember at all (Sheryl Crow, Tomorrow Never Dies). • Quantum of Solace's musical opener, the blaring, boastful Another Way to Die, is certainly dripped in hip, as ramshackle rocker Jack White and R&B stunner Alicia Keys play a noisy, nasty game of cat and mouse. But is the new cut good enough to make our Top 5 Bond Songs?
Sean Daly, Times pop music critic
5 All Time High, Rita Coolidge (from Octopussy): Warm 'n' comfy like rumpled bed sheets, accompanies equally warm thoughts of titular femme fatale Maud Adams.
4 Goldfinger, Shirley Bassey (from Goldfinger): In your face like a Walther PPK or a pair of red lips. GolllldFINGAHH!
3A View to a Kill, Duran Duran (from A View to a Kill): "Dance into the fire!" The only salvageable thing from this Roger Moore stinker.
2Nobody Does It Better, Carly Simon (from The Spy Who Loved Me): The ultimate salute to Bond's ego — though this one's probably about Warren Beatty, too.
1Live and Let Die, Wings (from Live and Let Die): Symphonies, 'splosions, reggae breakdowns: It shouldn't work, but 35 years later, it's still a thrill.