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Who Should Be Behind the Next Bond Opening? 

Who Should Be Behind the Next Bond Opening?

Five Artists with Great Potential to Bring a Fresh Twist on the Bond Opening Theme

The James Bond franchise has long endured in the world of cinema and has established itself as a cultural touchstone. No film has been able to successfully emulate the perfect blend of action, charm, and espionage as the spy franchise has. Its ability to adapt to relevant social commentary and themes in the world while also maintaining the franchise’s core brand keeps audiences coming back. Even the constant change in the actor that plays the world-famous 007 keeps things interesting and brings new life to the series. From Sean Connery’s charisma to Daniel Craig’s intensity, it’s difficult not to stay engaged in the continuation of the franchise. The evolution of the franchise and its ability to stay relevant is impressive, reaching generations of viewers. The iconic series not only gave the world fun, action-packed films, but it also gave them other aspects to look forward to, like the equally iconic opening Bond song. 

No Bond movie is complete without its tailor-made opening theme, where one artist is given the opportunity to make their mark on the cinematic phenomenon. The signature spy theme is manipulated and personalized by the chosen artist, but it still maintains the essence of the franchise and is a staple that sets the tone for the coming movie. Everyone not only patiently awaits the new movie but also the opening song that comes along with it. With the closure of Daniel Craig’s run in the franchise and a new movie in the works, the question of who will be the next artist for the Bond opening is raised. These are five contenders that have the potential to bring something new while also maintaining the classic charm and energy of the films. 

5. Lewis Capaldi 

Who Should Be Behind the Next Bond Opening?

The Scottish singer-songwriter quickly rose to fame after the release of his song “Someone You Loved,” a powerful, authentic piano ballad. Throughout his career and musical works, Capaldi has proven time and time again his capabilities to produce emotionally resonant songs that result in vivid stories told to the audience. Capaldi’s ability to connect with listeners on a deep level is what is needed to continue the legacy of the Bond franchise and captivate newer audience members across generations. 

His vocal talent and control are other aspects that would make him a strong contender for the Bond opener. Many previous artists who participated in the Bond franchise were vocal powerhouses, exhibiting outstanding vocals, intensity, and character. Capaldi’s ability to belt, sustain long notes, and sing with such rawness would definitely set a specific tone for the film to come. The raspy element of his voice texture is also a great aspect to add to the next opening song, as it adds part of his own character to the music and would personalize the performance further. It would create a dynamic and interesting piece for audiences to listen to. His specific tone is hard to forget and would be a fun change from recent songs while also maintaining the gritty yet exciting nature of the Bond films.  

If the Bond franchise were to stay in the darker, edgier tone it has recently set, then Lewis Capaldi would make an excellent choice to bring out the more emotional, raw side of 007 through a power ballad. 

4. Lorde 

Who Should Be Behind the Next Bond Opening?

Many know Lorde due to her rise in 2013 for her hit single “Royals,” in which she explores the theme of consumer culture through sonically captivating and unique production, thought-provoking lyrics, and expressive vocals. All of these elements have proven to be consistent on all three of the albums she has released thus far. The sound and image she crafted for herself at the young age of 16 impacted the pop world so profoundly that many listeners kept returning to her music, making her a global phenomenon. 

Her sound has been characterized as having an ethereal feel to it. There are deep, prominent bass lines and encapsulating harmonies weaved in ways that make the audience listen intently as they try to understand the complex melody before them. Her lyricism is nothing short of outstanding. Her introspection and exploration of herself provide deep, thought-provoking insights into the human experience, making her relatable to many. She universalizes her own emotions and uses them to comment on the world we live in through beautifully crafted metaphors and narrative storytelling. Lorde would be able to create a specific piece to emulate the complexity and intricacies of the Bond films themselves. It also helps that she has experience singing for previous film franchises such as The Hunger Games, in which she covered “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” in a haunting yet melodic way that captured the essence of the film perfectly. She knows what she is doing. 

Based on Lorde’s artistic style, it is clear that she would make a great candidate for a Bond film simply because she would bring something new to the table and at a much deeper level, something acoustically challenging for viewers, leaving them wondering more about the song’s meaning and its connection to the next film coming out. She would captivate the audience with her powerful vocals and create a memorable theme song that perfectly sets the tone for the movie.

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3. Hozier

Who Should Be Behind the Next Bond Opening?

To truly take the Bond franchise opener in a new direction, Hozier would be a striking choice. His breakout single, “Take Me to Church,” took the world by storm. Just by listening to that one song, it’s easy to tell that Hozier would make a great artist to take up the mantle of creating a powerful and soulful track for the next 007 spy. Hozier has no issue blending genres through his constant mixing of rock, soul, folk, and blues, creating a unique and captivating sound that would perfectly complement the thrilling and mysterious atmosphere of a James Bond film. Not only does his sound particularly stand out, but he is also masterful at telling stories through his lyricism, which is only amplified by the genre style he chose to adopt for his music. Once again, this is another artist who is very introspective but also applies his songs to the grander schemes and issues of the world. “Take Me to Church” first comes across as a love song, but it also explores deeper themes of homophobia and discrimination, proving that he is capable of writing a complex song related to the deeper subtext of the film to come. 

Hozier would bring something new to the table that many male artists writing and singing for the Bond opener rarely achieve. His soulful voice and folk-rock production would add a unique and captivating depth to the song and show the complexities of the franchise itself. It would undoubtedly leave a lasting impression on audiences and solidify Hozier as a standout artist in the Bond film franchise.

2. Faouzia 

Who Should Be Behind the Next Bond Opening?

The newest artist out of the bunch is Faouzia, a Moroccan-Canadian singer-songwriter. She has been making music online since she was fourteen years old and has already demonstrated exceptional vocal control and power at such a young age. Her vocal talent alone makes her a strong qualifier for the Bond opening. Songs such as “You Don’t Even Know Me” and her breakout song “This Mountain” showcase her rich, emotive vocals and demonstrate her incredible technique through her smooth runs and impressive vocal range. 

Faouzia also blends several genres together, including pop, R&B, and electronic music, creating a unique sound that sets her apart from other artists, but she is no stranger to a classic piano ballad, which she has effortlessly performed time and time again. Her ability to seamlessly transition between different musical styles showcases her versatility as an artist. The Bond franchise would definitely benefit from her talent and adaptability, as she would be able to match the ever-evolving nature of the iconic series. Finally, there is a cinematic quality to her music, as she often features orchestral arrangements and harmonies that create an immersive and whimsical atmosphere in her songs. Faouzia’s artistry can only be compared to that of another iconic Bond artist, Adele. Both have incredibly powerful voices, captivating lyrics, and a unique ability to bring raw, deep emotion to their performances. This upcoming artist definitely has the potential to create a song as big as “Skyfall” and bring the same level of impact and success to the Bond franchise. 

1. Taylor Swift 

Who Should Be Behind the Next Bond Opening?

It only makes sense for the biggest artist in the world to have a chance to make their mark on one of the biggest franchises in the world. It is no secret that Taylor Swift possesses a unique storytelling talent that immerses listeners in new experiences with every song she writes. This quality is clearly demonstrated throughout her entire discography. She has also proven time and again her ability to adapt to new styles and genres, showcasing her versatility as an artist. From country to pop, alternative, and a touch of R&B, there is no doubt that she is able to match the darker themes of the Bond franchise. Songs such as “No Body, No Crime” encapsulates the perfect blend of mystery and intrigue, making her a perfect fit for a Bond film. Her talent is only amplified by her ability to capture the feeling of the song and manipulate her vocals and tone in order to get her message across clearly and for it to resonate with the audience. 

Swift also has previous experience writing songs for films such as “Safe and Sound” for The Hunger Games and “Carolina” for Where the Crawdads Sing. In both examples, she captures the vibe of each film perfectly while also narratively telling an engaging story related to each of the films’ themes. Swift has established herself as a seasoned expert in the music industry and has experience writing for feature films, making her a perfect choice for composing original songs for the Bond franchise. Not only would she create an interesting narrative piece, but her fame would bring in new audiences and further generate excitement for the franchise.

Who knows which direction the Bond franchise will go next? But it’s always fun to speculate about who could be the next artist to be featured in the world of 007 and what they can do for the movies. Each artist mentioned can bring something new to the table and put their own fun twist on the franchise, keeping it fresh and exciting for audiences worldwide. The possibilities are endless, and until a song or any news about the next film is released, one can only hope for their favorite musician to get their moment to shine and make an impact on the franchise!

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Yasmine, a talented intern in TV and film writing, possesses a deep-seated passion for storytelling. She is pursuing her degree in Cinema and Media studies and Creative Writing with a clear objective of becoming a screenwriter. Her primary creative outlets include film, reading, and writing, and she holds Little Women as her favorite movie.