By Séamus Smyth

5. Skyfall – Adele

There is something unmistakably dramatic about the more recent Bonds. Daniel Craig, after all, was an established actor before he sported the black tuxedo so perhaps it is his aura that raises the level of elegance. There is more depth and more sorrow attached to Craig’s rendition, which is why Adele’s declaration of the sky falling out of the sky serves as an exquisite appetizer to the main course: Skyfall, the film.

4. Die Another Day – Madonna

The Bond series has managed to evolve with each generation, which is the primary reason it remains a successful franchise after 50 years. To juxtapose this ageless quality, there is arguably no artist who has managed, or at least desperately tried, to remain relevant throughout the years like the Material Girl. By giving Madonna the reigns was a sentiment to the careers of both involved parties.  Nobody expected Bond to begin raving like a teenager just because Madonna threw a dance-twist into her interpretation of the Bond anthem. But we did and do expect Bond to know what’s hip and what isn’t and this track could melt the sound speakers of even the rarest Aston Martins.

3. You Only Live Twice – Nancy Sinatra

Nancy Sinatra captures the majestic lifestyle of James Bond within the first 20 seconds of “You Only Live Twice.” Bond seems to have it all, and yet his ability to defy death but once is nothing but a disappointment to him. The appeal of Bond is that he is still a mere mortal. He wasn’t born on another planet nor was he bitten by a toxic spider. In other words, one can dream of splashing in the spoils of the 007 rivers without developing an obsession with bats or living with a perpetual fear of kryptonite.

2. Thunderball – Tom Jones

The brass thunder balls of James Bond smash his enemy’s fortresses via the booming roar of the one and only, Tom Jones. The swagger of Bond is in full strut in this number, as his wickedly-sharp tongue, and dashing good looks are finally recognized by the brashest of horns. Many of the Bond tracks capture the English spy’s elusiveness, but rarely do we hear a track that celebrates the machismo that helps define the James Bond personality.

1. Live and Let Die – Paul McCartney

It’s a tad unfair because “Live and Let Die” is a great song with or without the Bond connection. But once the association is acknowledged, it is easy to see that even Paul McCartney has fantasized about being known by three simple, but distinct numbers: 007. Bond is charming and clever, but is also a walking killing machine. Death to him is as natural as breathing, therefore to live and let die might be the one mantra that Bond continues to abide by. The line points to the one trait that enables him to kill at will, bed any woman of his choosing, and defy death on a daily basis: He just doesn’t give an F.