#21 – Tom Jones – “Thunderball” – (1965)

This song has a lot in common with “Moonraker” – so does the movie: instead of outer space, Bond is killing bad guys underwater with a harpoon. And the movie is quintessentially 1960s-British – to a fault. Apparently, Johnny Cash wrote a song called “Thunderball” and submitted it to the producers for use in the film (the song, in country music fashion, told the story of the film). But they declined. Instead they went with a soaring vocal from Tom Jones. And not the fun, swinging, womanizing Tom Jones. But hey, it was originally recorded by Shirley Bassey and Dionne Warwick, so at least they changed it up a little bit.