That's as bad as listening to the Beatles without earmuffs!(The Thread of Bad Bond music placement.)

MurdockMurdock Mr. 2000
edited April 2016 in Music Posts: 16,035
Throughout the years, Bond music has been pretty good. To exciting to suspenseful, even emotional. But sometimes there are musical moments in Bond movies that either ruin a good scene or either take you out of the movie altogether.

My list.
1. California Girls playing during the AVTAK PTS. (Why John Glen?)
2. The Slide whistle used during the car flip in TMWTGG. (Way to spoil a good stunt.)
3. Ladies First from GoldenEye. ( I may love the soundtrack, but that's the only track I dislike.)
4. The Banjo cue from Goldfinger. (This one always takes me out of the movie as it is so badly out of place in a Bond movie.)
5. The circus music from The Spy Who loved me. (Cheap joke music. ruined the suspense from the scene that came before it.)
6. The soap opera music from TND when Paris slaps Bond in the face. (Subtle but so cheesy.)
7. Romeo And Juliet Overture-Fantasy used in Moonraker. (We get it Jaws finds a girlfriend, was that really necessary?)
8. The circus music from Moonraker PTS. (Not really that bad, but it really made the PTS ending super cheesy.)
9. Health and Safety from Skyfall. (It's very quirky and sounds like a leftover song from Wall-E. Out of place IMO)
10. The ending victory music from Doctor No. (It sounds like something out of a 40's war movie, It's lowest on the list since it was the first Bond score.)

So what are your least favorite Musical decisions in the entire Bond franchise. (No title songs.)


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  • Posts: 1,492
    The experience of the love from ge

    Sheer crud
  • StirredNotShakenStirredNotShaken I'm gonna use this to clarify that Dalton is tied with Craig
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    The use of the Lawrence of Arabia theme in TSWLM when Bond and Anya are walking through the desert is the ultimate example of self parody in Bond.
  • edited February 2014 Posts: 12,317
    The slide whistle has to be the worst. All the others mentioned so far annoy me but they're not really placed over anything major. The car flip is one of the best stunts of the whole series, and the slide whistle just ruins it. That's why it's the worst for me.
  • MurdockMurdock Mr. 2000
    Posts: 16,035
    The slide whistle has to be the worst. All the others mentioned so far annoy me but they're not really placed over anything major. The car flip is one of the best stunts of the whole series, and the slide whistle just ruins it. That's why it's the worst for me.

    Agreed. It's so bad I forget about the car flip most of the time.
  • Posts: 4,669
    The use of the Lawrence of Arabia theme in TSWLM when Bond and Anya are walking through the desert is the ultimate example of self parody in Bond.

    Same goes for the use of "The Magnificent Seven" theme in MR. One of the things the Bond movies in the seventies took from CR '67 (Born Free and What's New Pussycat).
  • That softcore porno music that plays when Bond is racing Xenia in GE. And anything that even sounds like Madonna in DAD.
  • Bradford4Bradford4 Banned
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    The slide whistle is not music. Its a sound effect, doesn't belong in this thread whether or not its loved or hated.

    My choice of bad music placement is OHMSS, the Bond theme at the very end. Very inappropriate. Have silent end credits or a more somber Barry composition.
  • MurdockMurdock Mr. 2000
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    Bradford4 wrote:
    The slide whistle is not music. Its a sound effect, doesn't belong in this thread whether or not its loved or hated.

    My choice of bad music placement is OHMSS, the Bond theme at the very end. Very inappropriate. Have silent end credits or a more somber Barry composition.

    It's played from a musical instrument and it's included on the soundtrack, so it qualifies as a musical cue.
  • edited February 2014 Posts: 2,341
    The stupid whistle in TMWTGG ruined a great stunt.
    California Girls during a ski chase in Siberia? Come On!
    Lawrence of Arabia theme while Bond and Anya are lost in the desert. Please
    Madonna's title track for DAD is cringe worthy.
  • Posts: 1,492
    Jesus, the experience of love is painful.

    Just when i had got rid of notes from the ears this pops up.
  • doubleoegodoubleoego #LightWork
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    Eric Serra at his annoying best haha!
  • Posts: 1,492
    Eric serra at his annoying worst.
  • That softcore porno music that plays when Bond is racing Xenia in GE. And anything that even sounds like Madonna in DAD.

    Yes. Ridiculously cheesy. As if the scene itself wasn't pandering to 14-year-old boys badly enough as it was.

  • MurdockMurdock Mr. 2000
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    Anything else to contribute before this becomes a Serra bashing thread? 8-|
  • edited February 2014 Posts: 2,469
    Bradford4 wrote:
    The slide whistle is not music. Its a sound effect, doesn't belong in this thread whether or not its loved or hated.

    My choice of bad music placement is OHMSS, the Bond theme at the very end. Very inappropriate. Have silent end credits or a more somber Barry composition.

    I wholeheartedly agree. The only real misstep in the whole blessed film.

    My other nominations are...

    AWTD, it is as bad a song as DAD is a film, and that's saying a mouthful, to quote the execrable Jinx.

    The goofy synth track in FYEO's Citroen chase scene. That was actually a pretty good chase, but Conti's scoring drags it down to the level of comedy. Such. A. Waste.

  • The only serious ones IMHO are the slide whistle (i found it actually funny when I was 14 or 15) and the James Bond Theme roaring as Connery is just checking his room for hidden mics on FRWL
  • MayDayDiVicenzoMayDayDiVicenzo Here and there
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    The only serious ones IMHO are the slide whistle (i found it actually funny when I was 14 or 15) and the James Bond Theme roaring as Connery is just checking his room for hidden mics on FRWL

    I'm glad somebody else mentioned the unnecessary use of the Bond theme in the hotel in FRWL. I'm afraid I must take issue with it. Calvin Dyson did a very humorous spoof of this scene in his FRWL review.
  • Madonna's song in DAD, by a mile. I'm in a minority, but I really enjoyed DAD, but that song is awful, and I actually like some of her songs.
  • Posts: 2,341
    I almost forgot:
    another annoying play on music:
    From OP Vejay posing as a snake charmer plays a couple of bars of the JamesBond theme as Bond walks by and catches his attention. "Thats a charming tune" says Bond.
    Kinda silly scene.
  • pachazopachazo Make Your Choice
    edited February 2014 Posts: 7,144
    I never really enjoyed the musical cue when Bond is shooting the helicopter in FRWL. It's not horrible but it reminds me of Dr. No and it always takes me out of the film. Some original music could have made for a dramatic improvement.
  • MurdockMurdock Mr. 2000
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    pachazo wrote:
    I never really enjoyed the musical cue when Bond is shooting the helicopter in FRWL. It's not horrible but it reminds me of Dr. No and it always takes me out of the film. Some original music could have made for a dramatic improvement.

    FRWL did re-use music from Doctor No as a matter of fact. Which is disappointing considering John Barry composed some fine music for that film.

  • edited February 2014 Posts: 2,341
    Keep in mind that FRWL came out a year later and the budgets were pretty tight in those days. They probably had little choice but to re cycle some of the tracks from DN.
  • Posts: 12,198
    Already mentioned but the two that get me are the Beach Boys in the AVTAK PTS and Laurence of Arabia from TSWLM......etc. Great music so please do not misunderstand me? It's that it just was not required in any Bond movie. A bit like some of the silly sound effects in some of the other Moore movies, as much as I love dear ole Rog! %-(
  • OHMSS69 wrote:
    I almost forgot:
    another annoying play on music:
    From OP Vejay posing as a snake charmer plays a couple of bars of the JamesBond theme as Bond walks by and catches his attention. "Thats a charming tune" says Bond.
    Kinda silly scene.

    Love it. The best fourth wall-breaker of the series.

  • RogueAgent wrote:
    Already mentioned but the two that get me are the Beach Boys in the AVTAK PTS and Laurence of Arabia from TSWLM......etc. Great music so please do not misunderstand me? It's that it just was not required in any Bond movie. A bit like some of the silly sound effects in some of the other Moore movies, as much as I love dear ole Rog! %-(

    I actually liked the Laurence of Arabia theme. Very majestic and totally appropriate, IMO.

  • Posts: 1,817
    - The Lawrence of Arabia theme was unnecesary and I don't like it. It's one of the lowest points in the terrible Marvin Hamlich soundtrack.
    - The Romeo and Juliet in MR proves that even a bad scene could get worse.
    - The ending in DN was totally out of place... which proves this film has the worst OST in my opinion.

    Now, I don't mind that much the California Girls song, nor the slide whistle, though I do believe the films would have gain with their exclusion.
  • Samuel001Samuel001 Moderator
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    Murdock wrote:
    The slide whistle has to be the worst. All the others mentioned so far annoy me but they're not really placed over anything major. The car flip is one of the best stunts of the whole series, and the slide whistle just ruins it. That's why it's the worst for me.

    Agreed. It's so bad I forget about the car flip most of the time.

    The stunt is also shown in slow-motion. Another big mistake.
  • WalecsWalecs On Her Majesty's Secret Service
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    I see why you all hate the slide whistle, but to be fair, it makes me laugh each time.
  • edited February 2014 Posts: 956
    The only serious ones IMHO are the slide whistle (i found it actually funny when I was 14 or 15) and the James Bond Theme roaring as Connery is just checking his room for hidden mics on FRWL

    I'm glad somebody else mentioned the unnecessary use of the Bond theme in the hotel in FRWL. I'm afraid I must take issue with it. Calvin Dyson did a very humorous spoof of this scene in his FRWL review.

    I took a look and, well, ROFLMAO. This Calvin Dyson guy is good, like James Rolfe or Doug Walker but Bond-themed. He just won a new fan here.
  • MayDayDiVicenzoMayDayDiVicenzo Here and there
    Posts: 5,065
    The only serious ones IMHO are the slide whistle (i found it actually funny when I was 14 or 15) and the James Bond Theme roaring as Connery is just checking his room for hidden mics on FRWL

    I'm glad somebody else mentioned the unnecessary use of the Bond theme in the hotel in FRWL. I'm afraid I must take issue with it. Calvin Dyson did a very humorous spoof of this scene in his FRWL review.

    I took a look and, well, ROFLMAO. This Calvin Dyson guy is good, like James Rolfe or Doug Walker but Bond-themed. He just won a new fan here.

    Do watch his Diamonds Are Forever review. You will never see Charles Gray in the same light again!
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