Spectre is out in theaters on Nov. 6, and while Sony continues to ramp up its promotion for the next James Bond adventure — a new teaser debuted this week — one part of the 007 puzzle is still a mystery: Who will sing the Spectre theme? EW’s own Kevin O’Donnell, Jessica Goodman and Christopher Rosen have their own opinions on the matter. Ahead, 16 artists who should sing the next Bond theme.
The ’80s pop icons made one of the greatest Bond themes ever — and there are a lot of duds — with “A View to a Kill,” for the 1985 caper of the same title. Now, with the group reportedly working on new music with Chic founder Nile Rodgers, the time is right for them to do another.
Because Beyonce. Also: she was rumored to be in the running for the 2008 Quantum of Solace theme, which ended up going to Jack White and Alicia Keys. And as one of the greatest living singers, she’d slay any theme put in front of her.
Believe it or not, only two solo male singers have had the honor of performing the title song — Chris Cornell for 2006’s Casino Royale and Tom Jones for 1965’s Thunderball. As Smith recovers from having vocal surgery, he could do worse for a comeback than stepping up to the mic for the Spectre theme.
He’s one of the biggest DJs on the planet. And having an EDM star (along with the pop diva of his choosing on vocals) handle the title tune as the genre has its moment would be an edgy choice. Then again, a Guetta theme might leave Bond superfans shaken, not stirred.
Only Sad Drake need apply.
Taylor Swift is probably already best friends with the new Bond girl, the Bond girl’s sister, the Bond girl’s sister’s camp friend, and all their mothers. If there’s one artist who can challenge Bond’s hold on the patriarchy with a synth-pop theme song, it’s Swift.
After putting together the Mockingjay soundtrack, Lorde proved she has an ear for what movie-goers want. Throw her husky voice together with Bond-style drama to create a track that will rival all the emotions felt on Pure Heroine.
Based on Cyrus’ new leaked track, “Nightmare,” her follow-up to 2013’s Bangerz is going to be another set of — sorry — bangers. Might as well have one help Bond’s next adventure, too. Plus, it’d be fun to see her bring her new brand of social activism, equality, and happy hippies to Bond life.
If James Bond is the sexiest man alive, his theme song deserves the FKA Twigs’ treatment — complete with a bondage-themed music video and seductive fabric art.
Ms. Lauryn Hill has been channeling Nina Simone as of late, and will cover her tracks in a new tribute album. If she could take Simone’s frenetic spirit and pair it with her own bravado, we’d have ourselves the most intense Bond theme in years.
Let’s be real, James Bond would be lucky if hip-hop’s reigning queen took some time out of her busy schedule to grace the world with a theme song.
What better way for the former One Direction member to launch into a solo career than by belting out a Bond theme?
Remember when Radiohead covered “Nobody Does It Better,” Carly Simon’s theme from The Spy Who Loved Me? They could literally just do that again and it would be perfect. (If Radiohead wants to do an entire album of Bond covers, we’d be there for that too.)
Things have gone a bit askew when artists have tried to modernize the classic Bond theme sound — keeping it traditional is part of the reason why Adele’s “Skyfall” is one of the series’ best tracks — but if anyone could take a stab at updating 007, it’s Kanye West.
If the Radiohead thing doesn’t work out.
But let’s be real: It should just be Adele again.