James Bond is one of very few franchises that never seems to be out of the news, whether it's new rumours suggesting #DanielCraig has been offered an exorbitant amount of money to play Bond again or bookies reducing odds on who will take over the role of Bond from Daniel Craig.
Very little is known at current about Bond 25, what it'll be called, who will direct, who will star as #Bond, be it Daniel Craig returning despite saying he'd rather slash his wrists than play Bond again or a new actor entirely, who else will star in Bond, who the villain will be, what the plot will be, when it'll be released and many more mysteries - all of which seem to have been spoken about in some way or another.
There is however one mysteries that could be argued is just as important as these other mysteries, but has received little to no conversation yet. That is of course who will sing the theme song for the next film. Now I know with not even so much as a rough idea of a release date yet this is probably not at the forefront of people's mind when discussing Bond, however it is a discussion that does have to occur.
Whoever sings the theme for Bond 25 will follow in the footsteps of some of the biggest names in music; Adele, #SamSmith, Paul McCartney, Louis Armstrong, Duran Duran, Jack White, Alicia Keys, #Madonna, Shirley Bassey and Tom Jones to name but a few.
This is something I spent time pondering over, and I now present to you my thoughts as to some of the artists who I believe should be considered and then finally decided upon to sing the theme for as the yet unnamed Bond 25 and as you'll see most genres of music are present!
James Bond is one of very few franchises that never seems to be out of the news, whether it's new rumors suggesting Daniel Craig has been offered an exorbitant amount of money to play Bond again or bookies reducing odds on who will take over the role of Bond from Daniel Craig.
Now I know what you're thinking 'Adele? But she's already done a Bond theme?' and you'd be right she performed the theme song for 2012's Skyfall, which she subsequently went on to win the Oscar for Best Original Song for, but if previous Bond songs are anything to go by, Shireley Bassey performed the theme for three separate Bond films, then Adele could definitely be a contender for recording the theme song.
Let's face it, since the 2012 release of Skyfall Adele has only continued to grow in global popularity having released her third studio album in late 2015 which then preceded to go to number 1 in just about every country it was released in, and also selling out just about every date on her subsequent global tour.
There is also yet more evidence that #Adele would be perfect to perform the theme song for Bond 25 and this has to be the strongest piece of evidence. Adele's third, and latest, studio album is titled '25' and the next Bond film would be Bond 25 - now I don't want to say it's made to be but it awfully seems like it.
Most Bondesque song: Of course it has to be her 2012, Academy Award winning Bond song - Skyfall.
#Muse are a very unique band, as it is entirely possible you have never heard of them, but they're one of the biggest bands in the world today. They've sold out stadiums of over 70,000 capacity (see there 2007 sold out performance at Wembley Stadium), headlined the UK's biggest festival, Glastonbury, three times, and headlined America's biggest festival Coachella.
Muse are primarily a rock band and some, me included, would argue that's what a James Bond song is lacking, a bit of energy and flare (see Jack White & Alicia Keys theme for Quantum Of Solace) and Muse would definitely deliver.
Muse have experience of working on the soundtracks to films, with their music featuring heavily in the Twilight franchise, with them even making a song for it (Neutron Star Collision). They also featured heavily in 2013's World War Z with their music being played over some of the most crucial scenes in the film.
Most Bondesque song: Supremacy, the mixture of guitars and a string orchestra playing in the background make you almost question if Muse intended for it to be a Bond song - the Bond song that never was. But don't just take my word for it, it's sounds so much like a Bond song that someone took the song and played it over the trailer for Spectre and Skyfall and it works beautifully.
With an incredibly powerful and unique voice #Sia is an artist who has spent years and years working in music, she has seven studio albums but has only recently made a name for herself, this is because she's been working behind the scenes writing songs for some of the most well known artists out there including #Beyonce, #Rihanna, Britney Spears, Katy Perry, Kylie Minogue, Kayne West, Ne-Yo and many others.
Her voice is one of the most iconic in contemporary music with her song Chandelier reaching over one billion views on YouTube. There are plenty of examples of the power of her voice not least her cover of Unforgettable, more of that in a minute, with a voice that powerful she would make singing a Bond look like making a sandwich - easy.
This wouldn't be Sia's first time performing the main song for a film she has previously performed songs for films such as San Andreas, Finding Dory, Fifty Shades Of Grey, The Great Gatsby, Twilight and many more.
Most Bondesque song: Her cover of Unforgettable for 2016's Finding Dory. Her cover shows off her powerful vocals with an orchestral backing, admittedly this is a cover however she takes it and makes it her own, she is definitely a contender for performing the next Bond song.
Now I know what you're thinking; "Coldplay?!" The same band who performed at the SuperBowl half time show and had the audience display a banner saying 'Believe in Love' why would they do a song for a violent film?". Well yes, #Coldplay are one of the biggest bands on the planet right now and are guaranteed to have a successful song that'd most likely go straight to number 1.
Now they may be a very hippy band who denounces violence. But they did do the theme song to the arguably more violent 2013 Hunger Games: Catching Fire, a film revolving around the idea of people being put against each other until only one person is left alive.
However taking all this into account there is a slight problem with this, in an interview Chris Martin, Coldplay's lead singer, compared their 2015 album 'Head Full Of Dreams' to the final Harry Potter book. But in the same interview he did say "I don't think we'll split up as a band so hopefully we'll try to work out something to do at some point" - a James Bond song potentially? Only time will tell.
Most Bondesque song: Violet Hill. This is one of Coldplay's first attempts at a rock song and it works really well, and at times even feels like a Bond song. If they were to do a Bond song this would be the song to look for the direction they should take.
At just 20 #Lorde has had a career people older than her could only wish for especially with only just one album under her belt. Her 2013 single 'Royals' is what most people will recognize her for as this went to number one all around the world and was nominated for numerous awards.
She is also praised by lots of other household names one of the biggest being the one of the biggest names in music ever - David Bowie. He was quoted as saying he thought she was 'the future of music' with Bowie's pianist saying they had 'a few wonderful moments together'. Then when Bowie died in 2015, Lorde performed a tribute to Bowie, at the 2015 Brit Awards ceremony which was highly praised by many including Bowie's son, Duncan Jones:
Like Coldplay, Lorde also worked on the soundtrack to the Hunger Games franchise working on the third film - Mockingjay Part 1. However unlike Coldplay, not only did Lorde perform songs for the soundtrack she oversaw the collation of the content for the album. She is also due to be releasing her second studio album soon which could give us more of an indication of what she could do given the chance to perform a Bond song.
Most Bondesque song: Yellow Flicker Beat. Now if you've seen The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 then you should recognize this song, as this was the song that was played over the finishing credits for the film. See also her David Bowie tribute at the 2016 Brit Awards where her whole performance was emotional and raw, giving another level to the tribute which not many artists could achieve.
Yellow Flicker Beat:
David Bowie tribute performance at the 2016 Brit Awards:
#EdSheeran has recently returned after a year off releasing two new singles Shape of You and Castle On The Hill, both of which occupied both the top two spots in most of the music charts around the world, and his new album is due to be released on the 3rd of March this year and is sure to be a success. Now he may not strike you as the kind of act to sing a Bond song but that doesn't mean he couldn't do a good job of it, and it would definitely reach number one.
He has proven that all someone needs to be a successful artist is a guitar, however he hasn't had a song with a large orchestral backing as most Bond songs have, therefore this would be uncharted territory for him, but then again he could perform one of the first acoustic Bond songs, and maybe that's what Bond is missing; Bond being forced to work under the radar and therefore is stripped back to basics - much like an acoustic song.
With two, soon to be three, albums under his belt he has made a name for himself. He has also ventured out into the film world before having performed the theme song for the second film in The Hobbit trilogy - The Desolation of Smaug was the film and the song was I See Fire, both of which did extremely well. He also performed and wrote the theme song for the film adaption of The Fault In Our Stars.
Most Bondesque song: I See Fire. As said above this song was performed for the second Hobbit film The Desolation Of Smaug. This is probably the closest Ed Sheeran has come to a Bond song, it is, like many of his songs, very stripped back with very few instruments being played other than the acoustic guitar, at the chorus there is also the addition of a violin which adds another level to the song.
Before the release of 2012 album Our Version of Events, #EmeliSande wasn't that well known she then went on to win the Brits Critic's Choice Award in the UK with other winners before and after including Adele, Sam Smith, Ellie Goulding, James Bay and Florence and the Machine. Her album then proceeded to go 7x platinum in the UK and spent 66 consecutive weeks in the top 10 UK album charts beating The Beatles Please Please Me.
Her uniquely powerful voice instantly sets her apart from her counterparts. She has released numerous singles ranging from slow melodic heartfelt ballads to songs that'd you'd expect to hear at a festival with the whole crowd dancing too - she is one of very few artists today with a broad range. This makes her ideal for a Bond song. She has such a powerful voice and as is the case with some of her songs she is familiar with an orchestral backing.
As of yet Emeli Sande hasn't made her impression on the film world having not performed a song for any films to date. But this doesn't mean she should be ignored for doing a Bond song as both Adele and Sam Smith hadn't either, prior to Bond, and it didn't seem to go too badly for them, and considering they have also both won the Brits Critic's Choice Award it seems she is a hot contender for the next Bond song.
Most Bondesque song: Daddy. This was one of the first songs released by Emeli Sande and what a song it is. This song especially shows off the power in her voice showing how she can hit those high notes. It also has a Bondesque backing to it with string instruments playing a large part.
Now this would definitely be a controversial decision on the Bond producers side, which would almost definitely receive lots of backlash. However every Bond film always prides themselves in keeping the film in the real world and keeping it up to date and modern, and with the rap genre growing exponentially over the last 20 or so years, it'll only be a matter of time before a Bond song is performed by a rap artist and who better than #Eminem.
As I said this would definitely be hit with lots of backlash with there almost indefinitely being the few who decide to boycott the film due to its choice of performer. But that is exactly what Bond is missing, every genre of music seems to have been equally represented other than rap (and dance but we'll ignore that because that would be financial suicide on the producers part), and there are plenty of rap songs with orchestral backing that could easily convince you are Bond songs themselves.
Now getting back to the choice, Eminem is by far away one of the most successful and globally recognized rappers in the world having worked with many different artists including Rihanna, Dr Dre, Sia and Kendrick Lamar. Eminem has also worked in the film industry himself starring in the 2002 film 8 Mile which he also performed the song Lose Yourself for which won him the Academy Award for best original song. Not only did he work on the soundtrack for 8 Mile but he also did for the 2015 boxing film Southpaw, his song Without Me featured in DC's Suicide Squad.
Most Bondesque song: Lose Yourself. Arguably Eminem's most famous song made famous by the film 8 Mile, and he also picked up and Academy Award for it. This song has a constant backing beat throughout the duration of the song, which, like the song is famous in itself. This kind of song from Eminem would play nicely over the introduction to a Bond film.
It's entirely possible you've never heard of #GabrielleAplin, she's still a relatively small act, which breaks the trend of this list as they're all big name global acts. Currently she doesn't really have that large of a following outside of the UK, with at current only two albums and one EP, all you have to do is look at her Wikipedia page in comparison to the other names on this list to see how small of an artist she is, but all that could change if she were to do a Bond song.
In my personal opinion Gabrielle Aplin is one of the most underrated artists working the music industry today, she like other female artists on this list has a huge range and can go from doing a slow, emotional tear jerking song to doing an upbeat song happy go lucky song; all this and her amazing voice make for a brilliant artist with extreme talent. And it's about time a smaller artist got the opportunity to perform a Bond song, arguably one of the highest honors of the music world, instead of it going to industry heavyweights every time, and Gabrielle Aplin would do an amazing job of it.
Where she doesn't have that large of a global following she hasn't recorded any tracks for films, however in the UK it is somewhat of an honour to perform the track that'll be played over the John Lewis Christmas Advert and in 2012 she did exactly that, covering Frankie Goes To Hollywood's hit The Power Of Love, see the advert below, and it has since been hailed the best one yet thanks to her powerful cover. Some of her songs have also been featured in trailers for films such as Brooklyn, Age Of Adaline and The Little Prince, with this being the closest to making a song for films; but this doesn't mean she couldn't do a Bond song as her voice is so powerful she would make a unique, emotional, raw Bond song.
Most Bondesque song: Salvation. This is one her most famous songs, and out of the three above mentioned trailers featured in two (Age Of Adaline and The Little Prince). The song itself is a very emotional song, hence why it was picked for two very emotional trailers, and definitely shares some similarity to some songs by Adele, especially Skyfall. If you try to visualize the beginning to a Bond film while listening to this song, it's hard to argue that it works.
Now for her 2012 cover of The Power Of Love for John Lewis' Christmas Advert:
Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone
Take this with a massive pinch of salt, but it would certainly be interesting. Daniel Craig has famously said that he doesn't want to don the Bond tuxedo again therefore leaving said tuxedo empty at current, so another actor is required to take over the role of Bond and #RyanGosling is a name that has been mentioned.
So if he were to take over from Daniel Craig as Bond then why not sing and perform the theme song because Gosling demonstrated in La La Land he can not only sing but he can also play the piano.
This is when we introduce #EmmaStone, as she could also be the Bond girl. She too demonstrated in La La Land that she has an incredible singing voice. So not only is Bond performing the theme song but the theme song then becomes a duet between Bond and the Bond girl, furthering their romanticism during the course of the film.
It would definitely make for a unique Bond song as it would be the first Bond song where the actor playing Bond and the Bond girl also performed the theme song, and who wouldn't want to see that!
Most Bondesque song: This is difficult as neither of them have sung much outside of La La Land, so this isn't Bondesque but it definitely shows off his vocal talents and yes it is from La La Land. City of Stars. There are two versions of this, one with just Gosling singing and the other being a duet between Gosling and Stone, the later of which would be better to see in the film, Bond and Bond girl performing the song.
JUST Ryan Gosling:
Ryan Gosling AND Emma Stone:
Now I have to say out of all those on that list I personally believe Muse or Gabrielle Aplin should be the one to perform the next Bond song as they would both bring something different to the song, Muse a more rock route which could potentially reflect the plot of the film, and Gabrielle Aplin because it would be a unique raw song that not many small artists would be able to achieve but she could with ease, and it would be great to see a small artist get the chance to sing a Bond song.
But lets see what you think, take part in the poll below to see who you, the readers, think, from my list, should perform the next Bond song:
Who do you think should perform the next Bond song?
Feel free to agree or disagree with my list in the comments, and put forward any other artists you think I left out!