James Bond Wish List: 5 Artists Who Should Sing 'Spectre' Title Song

Like diamonds, James Bond may as well be forever. Skyfall director Sam Mendes revealed the title of the 24th canonical installment in the Bond franchise is titled Spectre and will come out in fall 2015.

For the fourth time, Daniel Craig -- the sixth actor to portray Bond on the big screen -- is set to star, alongside Oscar winner Christoph Waltz and new Bond girls Monica Bellucci and Lea Seydoux.

But there's one massively important element of Spectre we still know nothing about -- who will sing the opening credits title song?

As much as James Bond's shaken-not-stirred martini and his equally dry wit, title songs are an equally important part of the franchise. From Shirley Bassey to Carly Simon to Paul McCartney to Duran Duran to Tina Turner to Adele, brilliant artists have turned in classic Bond songs over the years -- hell, Adele's "Skyfall" was so good it nabbed her an Oscar.

Here are 5 artists we're dying to hear deliver a Bond title song.

Lana Del Rey

Seriously, this is a no-brainer. Her retro image, sultry voice and arresting tales of doomed romance are a perfect fit for Bond. We can easily imagine her delivering a song called "Spectre of My Dying Love" -- her voice aching with obsession, lust and self-destruction.

Florence Welch

It's been a minute since we've heard from the Florence + the Machine frontwoman, and a Bond song would be the perfect return for her. Like Lana, she aces introspection tinged with sadness. But unlike LDR, she has a voice that can shake the rafters, placing her in the company of previous Bond singers like Bassey and Adele. Bonus: She's British!

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Sam Smith

Historically, women have sung more Bond title tracks than men -- and theirs tend to be better, especially when you factor in recent efforts from Chris Cornell and Jack White. But Smith has a tear in his voice, lending his gospel-tinged soul the somber vibe that many of the best Bond title tracks boast. He was born to sing a Bond song about being irresistibly drawn to the wrong person. Plus, he's a Brit.

Lady Gaga

The great thing about giving Gaga free reign over a Bond song is that you wouldn't know what to expect. While you can imagine her delivering a full-throated torch song, she could also deliver an ominous dance-pop track like Madonna and Duran Duran before her. Also, "Spectre" should already be the name of a Gaga song, right?

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Mary J. Blige

She's not a Brit, but she might as well be these days. Her upcoming album is titled The London Sessions and it features heavy contributions from Sam Smith and dance duo Disclosure. And seriously, a dark, dance-tinged ballad produced by Disclosure featuring Blige's soul-stirring voice would be the stuff Bond dreams are made of.

 


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