Here’s a PJ article on the 5 worst and 5 best James Bond theme songs.
My question is: why, why, why is there no “Dr. No” there among the best? Is it because there was no conventional “song” (with words, that is) that came out of it? Because IMHO the music in “Dr. No”—the very first Bond movie, the one that established the Bond theme song that intermittently shot through the other Bond movies—was primo in every way.
Have a listen:
I saw the movie “Dr. No” before it came out in movie theaters, and before I knew a thing about it. I was pretty young, taken on a cruise (the only one I’ve ever been on, before or since) at Christmastime with my family on the old, late and great Mauretania. As part of that ship’s festivities (very muted compared to today’s bacchanals), there were showings of about-to-be-released movies that had not yet opened in theaters. Thus, “Dr. No.”
I remember sitting down in the ship’s little theater with my older brother, and as the opening credits and the music came on, we were blown away. It was so cool! So cosmopolitan. Sean Connery—so smooth. And Ursula Andress—well, she was like another sort of being entirely, both Aphrodite and Amazon at the same time. Wow.