How Well Do You Know Your Bond Title Songs? A quiz from Andy Trudeau, NPR's movie-music maven, tests fans on the more than 20 songs that have appeared with the title credits in a James Bond film, from Goldfinger to Live and Let Die and beyond.
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How Well Do You Know Your Bond Title Songs?

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When is a James Bond score not a James Bond score? Careful listeners to the corresponding audio piece will notice that I mentioned that the new Chris Cornell song is the 18th Bond title song. Now, I consider the core canon of James Bond films to number 21, counting the newest. But a search of various databases will turn up at least 23. Why the difference? The 21 I'm counting as the core canon are those produced by Broccoli/Saltzman, later just the Broccoli family (all of which I'll just refer to as EON Productions). I have nothing against the two non-EON films (1967's Casino Royale and 1983's Never Say Never Again), but I can never truly enjoy their scores because neither was allowed to use the famous "James Bond theme", whose use is controlled by EON. So all references that follow come from the core canon, following the rule of thumb: "If you hear the James Bond theme, it counts."

Quiz Time!

Ready to earn your license to thrill? (Or at least amuse or annoy your friends?) Answer these five questions:

1. Which singer has contributed to the most James Bond title songs?

A. Anthony Newley

B. Shirley Bassey

C. Madonna

2. Which lyricist has written the lyrics to the most James Bond title songs?

A. Leslie Bricusse

B. Tim Rice

C. Don Black

3. Not counting the new Casino Royale, the name of which James Bond film is NOT part of the title song lyrics?

A. The World Is Not Enough

B. Octopussy

C. The Spy Who Loved Me

4. The lyrics of which James Bond main title song take the longest (word count only) to reach the film title?

A. Tomorrow Never Dies

B. The Spy Who Loved Me

C. The Living Daylights

5. How many James Bond main title songs begin with the name of the film?

A. 2

B. 5

C. 4