James Bond and Rock Band Connections?

DragonpolDragonpol Flying round the stage like a lizard and that.
edited November 2015 in Music Posts: 12,859
This might seem at first blush to be a bit of a strange thread title/subject but I've been thinking about it a lot over the last while and I can't seem to excise the thought from my mind so I've decided that it was high time that I made a thread about it.

I know there are a range of music experts/musicians etc. here that will be abler to help me but of course this subject is open to anyone who wants to throw in their suggestions. All contributions are equally welcomed, as always!

So, to get down to business what I really wanted to know is are there any interesting connections that you know of concerning James Bond and rock music. This applies to both the literary Bond and the cinematic Bond by the way.
Here are a few obvious ones to get the ball rolling as it were:

Paul McCartney and Wings were the first rock band to do a Bond theme song with LALD. This was later covered by the hard rock band Guns 'n' Roses in 1991 on their Use Your Illusion double album.

The alternative rock band Jethro Tull were made from a band called The Blades, based on the club Blades in the Moonraker novel where the famous bridge game occurred with Sir Hugo Drax. Raymond Benson wrote a reference book on the band in 2001 and he mentioned this connection in an interview.

I'm sure there are many more. Let's compile a list of sorts. :)

Comments

  • DragonpolDragonpol Flying round the stage like a lizard and that.
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    Does anyone want to throw in some suggestions?

    I'd really love to hear from you! :)
  • Shark_0f_LargoShark_0f_Largo Lancashire, UK
    edited November 2015 Posts: 4,151
    Scouting For Girls - are they a rock type band?? If so they did a track called I Wish I was James Bond. Here's a youtube link -
  • DragonpolDragonpol Flying round the stage like a lizard and that.
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    Yes, that's a good example! Thanks, @Shark_0f_Largo!
  • Shark_0f_LargoShark_0f_Largo Lancashire, UK
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    And there's always Chris Cornell of YKMN fame who was lead singer of the band, Audioslave.
  • DragonpolDragonpol Flying round the stage like a lizard and that.
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    And there's always Chris Cornell of YKMN fame who was lead singer of the band, Audioslave.

    Another good one I'd forgotten about - thanks!
  • royale65royale65 Caustic misanthrope reporting for duty.
    edited November 2015 Posts: 3,918
    How about Alice Cooper's rejected song for TMTGG?

    And talking of TMWTGG, Chris Lee did a heavy metal album didn't he?
  • DragonpolDragonpol Flying round the stage like a lizard and that.
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    royale65 wrote: »
    How about Alice Cooper's rejected song for TMTGG?

    And talking of TMWTGG, Chris Lee did a heavy metal album didn't he?

    Yes, those are two other good ones!
  • royale65royale65 Caustic misanthrope reporting for duty.
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    If we are talking music, Felix Leiter was a journalist covering jazz in New York before the war, according to Fleming's Live and Let Die, and Guy Hamilton is a fan of that genre of music too.
  • DragonpolDragonpol Flying round the stage like a lizard and that.
    edited November 2015 Posts: 12,859
    royale65 wrote: »
    If we are talking music, Felix Leiter was a journalist covering jazz in New York before the war, according to Fleming's Live and Let Die, and Guy Hamilton is a fan of that genre of music too.

    Yes, I think his knowledge of black jazz is actually what saves Felix Leiter from being worse beaten up (than it could have been) by Mr Big's thug in the LALD novel. :D
  • royale65royale65 Caustic misanthrope reporting for duty.
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    Yes, exactly right. The goon and Leiter bonded over a particular trumpet player?
  • DariusDarius UK
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    royale65 wrote: »
    And talking of TMWTGG, Chris Lee did a heavy metal album didn't he?

    Yes, he released several...

    rollingstone.com/music/news/christopher-lee-inside-his-secret-life-in-heavy-metal-20150611

    Let's also not forget Robbie Williams and his use of the opening phrase from YOLT in "Millennium".
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    I remember seeing Radiohead cover Nobody Does it Better on MTV.
  • Some punk band -- Brit, I think -- covered "Goldfinger" in the early 1980s. My friend had the album... Can't for the life of me remember the band's name. But their version of the GF theme song was actually pretty good.
  • DragonpolDragonpol Flying round the stage like a lizard and that.
    edited November 2015 Posts: 12,859
    The now defunct Welsh nu-metal band Lostprophets (their lead singer Ian Watkins was jailed in December 2013 for 29 years for a series of shocking and depraved sexual crimes against babies/children) covered Duran Duran's A View to A Kill in 2002. It's a rather truncated version of the song and I recall taping it off the radio at the time on some Bond programme or other around the time that DAD was released:

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