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007 at the symphony
By Kevin Coffey | WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER


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.

If you go:

What: The Omaha Symphony's “James Bond and Beyond” When: 8 p.m. Saturday 

Where: Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St.  

Tickets: $20 to $65 at www.ticketomaha.com, the Ticket Omaha box office, 12th and Douglas Streets, or by phone at 402-345-0606 
Information: www.omahasymphony.org or 402-342-3560

The Program


The Omaha Symphony's program includes all kinds of music from James Bond films including scores, themes and, yes, songs from the opening credits.
Some of the songs are instrumentals performed by the symphony and others will feature Debbie Gravitte on vocals. (Some of the tunes are from other spy films.)
The program includes:
»James Bond themes
»Theme from “From Russia with Love”
»Theme from “You Only Live Twice”
»Theme from “Diamonds are Forever”
»Theme from “The World is Not Enough”
»Concerto for Cell Phone
»Suite from “Casino Royale” and “Quantum of Solace”
»Theme from “Goldfinger”
»“Secret Agent Man”
»“Soul Bossa Nova” from “Austin Powers”
»“Sooner or Later” from “Dick Tracy”
»Inspector Clouseau Theme from “The Pink Panther”
»“It Had Better be Tonight” from “The Pink Panther”
»The Best of Bond Suite
»“Skyfall”

Bond: The Music

With more than 23 films, the James Bond franchise has had just as many opening themes. Though many are often remembered as strange tunes played over female silhouettes, there's actually quite a variety.

The first two films had no vocals, and up until 1977's “The Spy Who Loved Me,” the songs shared the name of their accompanying film.

Shirley Bassey has performed the most Bond songs (3) and John Barry has had a hand in writing the most songs (11).

Here they are, all of the opening songs from all 23 James Bond films.
1962: “Dr. No” — “James Bond Theme” by composer Monty Norman
1963: “From Russia With Love” — “From Russia With Love” by Matt Monro
1964: “Goldfinger” — “Goldfinger” by Shirley Bassey
1965: “Thunderball” — “Thunderball” by Tom Jones
1967: “You Only Live Twice” — “You Only Live Twice” by Nancy Sinatra
1969: “On Her Majesty's Secret Service” — “We Have All The Time in the World” by Louis Armstrong
1971: “Diamonds Are Forever” — “Diamonds Are Forever” by Shirley Bassey
1973: “Live and Let Die” — “Live and Let Die” by Paul McCartney & Wings
1974: “The Man With the Golden Gun” — “The Man with the Golden Gun” by Lulu
1977: “The Spy Who Loved Me” — “Nobody Does It Better” by Carly Simon
1979: “Moonraker” — “Moonraker” by Shirley Bassey
1981: “For Your Eyes Only” — “For Your Eyes Only” by Sheena Easton
1983: “Octopussy” — “All Time High” by Rita Coolidge
1985: “A View to a Kill” — “A View To A Kill” by Duran Duran
1987: “The Living Daylights” — “The Living Daylights” by A-Ha
1989: “A Licence to Kill” — “A Licence to Kill” by Gladys Knight
1995: “GoldenEye” — “GoldenEye” by Tina Turner
1997: “Tomorrow Never Dies” — “Tomorrow Never Dies” by Sheryl Crow
1999: “The World Is Not Enough” — “The World Is Not Enough” by Garbage
2002: “Die Another Day” — “Die Another Day” by Madonna
2006: “Casino Royale” — “You Know My Name” by Chris Cornell
2008: “Quantum of Solace” — “Another Way to Die” by Jack White and Alicia Keys
2012: “Skyfall” — “Skyfall” by Adele

“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

Contact the writer:

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Kevin covers music, whether it's pop, indie or punk, through artist interviews, reviews and trend stories. He also occasionally covers other entertainment, including video games and comic books.

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