Live And Let Die voted favourite Bond theme by 5 live and Radio 2 listeners

Date: 17.09.2012     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 18.16
The epic theme tune to the film Live And Let Die by Paul McCartney and Wings has been voted the UK’s favourite Bond theme in a poll of BBC Radio 5 live and BBC Radio 2 listeners.

Voting on a shortlist of 10 chosen by Mark Kermode, Simon Mayo and the general manager of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Richard Wigley, the winning tune was revealed in Mark and Simon’s Film Review: A James Bond Special on 5 live on Friday 14 September.

The song was played alongside other Bond classics as part of a collaboration between 5 live and the BBC Philharmonic, and later in Friday Night Is Music Night: Bond And Beyond On Radio 2.

The concerts marked 50 years since James Bond first appeared on cinema screens in Dr No, with 5 live celebrating the franchise’s hugely successful musical partnerships and exploring why its theme tunes are such a crucial ingredient. Friday Night Is Music Night looked at other iconic music from the special agent genre, alongside more Bond classics.

These two concerts are part of BBC Philharmonic Presents, a series of eight concerts that are taking place at MediaCityUK and across the North of England until the end of the year, supported by BBC North. All the events are free and are broadcast across the BBC's national radio networks. Full details for BBC Philharmonic Presents can be found at

A highlights programme featuring the BBC Philharmonic playing a variety of Bond themes across both concerts will be available on BBC iPlayer and via the BBC Red Button.

Fans of Simon and Mark’s weekly Film Review can visit the 5 live website ( to see the duo transformed into their Bond alter-egos (images copyright Radio Times).

Friday Night Is Music Night: Bond And Beyond also gave Radio 2 audiences the opportunity to watch Friday Night Is Music Night, the world’s longest running live music programme, broadcast live for the first time in its 60-year history via the Radio 2 website (, the Red Button and across the UK Big Screens network.

Kermode and Mayo’s Film Review: A James Bond Special was broadcast from 2pm to 4pm and Friday Night Is Music Night: Bond and Beyond was broadcast from 8pm to 10pm on Friday 14 September.

Listeners cast their votes via the 5 live website. The top three tunes were selected as follows:

1) Live And Let Die from Live And Let Die, Paul McCartney and Wings (28 per cent)

2) Nobody Does It Better from The Spy Who Loved Me, Carly Simon (20 per cent)

3) Goldfinger from Goldfinger, Shirley Bassey (13 per cent)

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