Even though she performs James Bond songs for audiences all the time, Debbie Gravitte loves it when the guitar riff to the original “James Bond Theme” starts playing.
“I just get all tickled,” said Gravitte, who will perform with the Omaha Symphony at Saturday's “James Bond and Beyond” concert. “I think that's so cool.”
Gravitte, an actress and singer, will perform with the symphony under the direction of Michael Krajewski, the principal pops conductor of the Houston, Atlanta, and Jacksonville Symphony orchestras.
Gravitte is especially excited to sing “Skyfall,” the theme sung by Adele from the most recent Bond film of the same name. “To do it live, it's challenging,” she told us over the phone from her home in Connecticut. “You can tell when I did it, people were like, 'Yay!' It's something new.”
Later this year, Gravitte and Krajewski will perform the concert with orchestras all over the country as well as in Malaysia and Canada. Performing the songs, which so many people know well, is really fun, Gravitte said.
“I keep saying this, but they're so iconic... and they're so goofy,” she said. “There's so much history, and I really honestly do love all the James Bond movies.”
We talked to fans of Bond about their favorite songs from the franchise. Here's what they had to say:
1. Carly Simon's “Nobody Does It Better;” 2. Adele's “Skyfall;” 3. Shirley Bassey's “Diamonds Are Forever”
— Bill Grennan of Omaha
“We Have All Time In The World” (by Louis Armstrong from “On Her Majesty's Secret Service”) is the best Bond song, though it avoids the typical trappings of other Bond themes. It doesn't necessarily fit in with the others and has little tie-in to the theme of the movie. It's just a beautiful, beautiful song with a one-of-a-kind performance.
— Vic Padios of Omaha
“View To A Kill” by Duran Duran
— Marq Manner of Omaha
“For Your Eyes Only” by Sheena Easton
— Shannon Tarvin of Omaha
“Live and Let Die” by Paul McCartney — for some reason, that song scared ... me when I was a kid.
— Jeri Studt of Underwood, Iowa
“Thunderball” by Tom Jones, right? Sneaky strings everywhere. If James Bond had a career as a vocalist, he'd be Tom Jones. For the overall soundtrack, I'd go with “Live and Let Die.” There are some (great) tunes on there. Plus the inner gate-fold cover is worthy of framing.
— Chris Klemmensen of Omaha
“For Your Eyes Only.” Actually had that 45 when I was younger. Not sure why, but I did.
— Wayne Brekke of Omaha
Those are weird ways to spell “Skyfall.”
— Michael Bell of Papillion
I'm a big fan of “Another Way to Die.” Also “GoldenEye.” Because of Tina Turner.
— Rebecca Lowry
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