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Bond Movies And Their Memorable Theme Songs

Britain's Adele is the latest to sing a Bond movie theme song. She's part of a "who's who" list of singers who have recorded Bond themes.

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Even for 007, it's tough to keep something top secret. This week, a security breach led to the release of this audio recording.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "SKYFALL")

ADELE: The sky falls and it crumbles. We'll face it all together.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

That's the unmistakable voice Adele singing the theme to the latest Bond movie, "Skyfall." This song was not supposed to come out until today but earlier in the week someone leaked a snippet of it online. We're sure British intelligence is investigating.

Adele is now part of a who's who list of singers who've recorded Bond themes.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "GOLDFINGER")

SHIRLEY BASSEY: (Singing) Goldfinger. He's the man, the man with the Midas touch.

MONTAGNE: Ah, yes, the voice of Shirley Bassey will recorded the most themes. "Goldfinger" in 1964, "Diamonds are Forever" in 1971 and "Moonraker" in 1979.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "LIVE AND LET DIE")

PAUL MCCARTNEY: (Singing) what does it matter to ya, when you've got a job to do, you gotta do it well. You gotta give other fellow hell.

MONTAGNE: Paul McCartney and Wings had a hit with "Live and Let Die" in 1973. Four years later, Carly Simon recorded the theme to "The Spy Who Loved Me."

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "THE SPY WHO LOVED ME")

CARLY SIMON: (Singing) Nobody does it better. Makes me feel sad for the rest.

INSKEEP: This is the point where we may and I begin to feel like Casey Kasam. It was Duran Duran's turn in 1985 with "A View to a Kill."

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "A VIEW TO A KILL")

DURAN DURAN: (Singing) Until we dance into the fire that fatal kiss is all we see. Dance into the fire, the fatal sound of broken dreams.

INSKEEP: And here's Madonna in 2002 with "Die Another Day."

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "DIE ANOTHER DAY")

MADONNA: (Singing) I guess I'll die another day. Guess I'll die...

INSKEEP: Others on the James Bond hit list include Louis Armstrong, Lulu, Sheena Easton, Tina Turner and Sheryl Crow.

MONTAGNE: And if you missed your favorite, check out our James Bond music playlist on Spotify.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "DIAMOND ARE FOREVER")

BASSEY: (Singing) Diamonds are forever...

MONTAGNE: This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

INSKEEP: And I'm Steve Inskeep.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "DIAMOND ARE FOREVER")

BASSEY: (Singing) Sparkling round my little finger, unlike men diamonds linger. Men are mere mortals who are... Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

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