Switched On Pop | James Bond's Spycraft Sound
A podcast breaking down the music of pop hits.
Switched On Pop
Published 21 October 2021
Billie Eilish

Pop music surrounds us, but how often do we really listen to what we’re hearing? Switched on Pop is the podcast that pulls back the curtain on pop music. Each episode, join musicologist Nate Sloan and songwriter Charlie Harding as they reveal the secret formulas that make pop songs so infectious. By figuring out how pop hits work their magic, you’ll fall in love with songs you didn’t even know you liked.

The latest installment of the James Bond franchise, No Time To Die, closes the book on the Daniel Craig era of the international superspy.

The film’s theme song, “No Time to Die”, by Billie Eilish, Finneas, and Hans Zimmer, also marks the conclusion of one of the great musical sagas in recent cinema.

Monty Norman
’s and John Barry’s now-iconic “James Bond Theme”, written for 1962’s Dr. No, has remained a constant across six decades of espionage and one-liners. But every new Bond theme has also developed subtle variations on the original that reflect the character’s changes over time.

On this episode of Switched On Pop, we uncover what inspired the theme, how it’s changed, and why it almost never happened.

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