Greg McCambley suggested this pairing. Without even testing it, I knew this track from Muppets: Most Wanted would be a perfect fit for the Goldfinger opening. I’m a little jealous I didn’t come up with it myself considering how much I love this song. The pace of Brownjohn’s editing almost perfectly matches the tempo of Cockatoo in Malibu.
I know this song from No Doubt may not have been a totally obvious choice… but follow me down the rabbit hole. If you pay close attention to the visual cues and how they play along with the lyrics in the song, suddenly Goldfinger becomes a love story between Bond and Goldfinger. Or at least a foregrounding of their latent Oedipal rivalry showcased in their competition for “mom” aka Pussy Galore. Really. Swearsies. I’m not making this up.
The instrumental opening to On Her Majesty’s Secret Service is a John Barry classic. It was even updated by the Propellerheads with some divine 90’s electronic vibes. I’m not sure why I was convinced Chicago would be a good fit here… I tried a couple of tracks, but ended up with my first instinct: Chicago’s “25 or 6 to 4.”
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service Opening Remixed with Chicago
That I hadn’t thought to set Bobby Brown’s “Humpin’ Around” to a Bond opening sequence is inexplicable. Could there have been a more perfect title and thematic connection between song and character? Humpin’ Around. HUMPIN AROUND! C’mon.
From Russia With Love opening remixed with the Red Hot Chili Peppers. At first I was convinced that an old No Doubt track would fit the tempo of female body part gyrations. After almost fitting “Ex-Girlfriend,” I got the bass line from “Soul to Squeeze” stuck in my head. I tried that. It was juuuust a bit too slow. After discarding a few more Chili Pepper songs I tried “Suck My Kiss” on a lark, thinking it would be far too bombastic. Well, as it turns out, Flea’s bassline here complements belly dancing quite well and the juxtaposition of a more aggressive Peppers’ song with old school Bond was too tempting to pass up.
From Russia With Love Opening Remixed with the Red Hot Chili Peppers
I didn’t mind the Alicia Keys/Jack White combo on the QoS intro, but I’ve always wanted to use a Reverend song for a Bond intro and I think I finally found my opportunity. And by “don’t mind” I mean that I’m not compelled to riot and overturn cars every time I hear Alicia Keys croon “shoot ’em up bang bang.” Minor, manageable rage only. Instead of that nonsense, let’s get our Rockabilly on.
Quantum of Solace Opening Remixed w/ the Reverend Horton Heat