2012 marks the 50 year anniversary of the James Bond film series. Seeing as how that’s a damn impressive milestone, and the fact that I’m a massive fan, what better way to celebrate it than doing a post about that iconic theme music? Well, there’s probably far better ways to celebrate, but it’s the best we can do. Beyond living my life vicariously as James Bond, anyway. Which I don’t do. Because that’d be silly. R-right?

The surf rock style guitar riff that defines the theme has almost transcended the character himself, but its combination with the bold brass elements cements the reputation. No matter how many films that come about claiming to be ‘Bond-esque’, none will ever match what the Bond films offer. This theme is one of many reasons why that’s the case. Shaken, not stirred indeed!