#18 – Shirley Bassey – “Diamonds Are Forever” – (1971)

This is the second Shirley Bassey Bond theme on this countdown. There’s something about her voice… that shrill Welsh-ness. Bassey has about zero name recognition in the United States, which is part of the problem. I mean, it’s better than “Moonraker” but that lounge act vibe of it just doesn’t translate well. And that annoying horn “punch” or whatever you want to call it that was used so often in these songs. I’m not a fan.

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