James Bond Movie Theme Songs, Ranked Worst to Best

From A-Ha to Adele, breaking down the franchise's legendary (and legendarily bad) opening numbers

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14. 'License to Kill' (Gladys Knight)

Essentially a cover of the Goldfinger theme (royalties had to be paid to the writers of the original), the title track from 1989's License to Kill takes Shirley Bassey's classic and remixes it with the hold music from your favorite cable service provider. Fortunately, Gladys Knight goes a long way, and she's given free reign to flex her vibrato with the same indifference to song structure as James Bond has to the architecture of the buildings he blows up. Bonus points for some of the most homicidally covetous lyrics of any Bond tune: "I've got a license to kill/and you know I'm going straight for your heart/I've got a license to kill/anyone who tries to tear us apart." Given 007's track record, she's going to have her hands full.

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