QuickTakes: 007

Shirley Bassey

Goldfinger (GOLDFINGER – 1964)

It’s like Ethel Merman went on a hallucinogenic acid trip and brought the sleaziest horn section in Vegas along for the ride. In a bad way.
-Alexander Abnos

Carly Simon

Nobody Does it Better (LIVE AND LET DIE – 1973)

Only Carly Simon could have written a Bond theme with enough magic to convince Robbie Williams to sample it on “Millennium.”
-Ben Doak

Sheryl Crow

Tomorrow Never Dies (TOMORROW NEVER DIES – 1997)

Either a metaphor for post-coital exhaustion or a rare example of autoscopy in pop lyrics.
-Philip Burrowes

Alicia Keys & Jack White

Another Way to Die (QUANTUM OF SOLACE – 2008)

What do Jack White, Alicia Keys and 007 have in common? Nothing.
-Chloe Popescu

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