Who's got the biggest-selling Bond theme?

Who's got the biggest-selling Bond theme?

Billie Eilish has yet to score a UK No.1 single, though she’s come close with Bad Guy (No.2) and latest single Everything I Wanted (No.3).

But the US singer will be hoping to change that with her Bond theme for No Time To Die. Daniel Craig’s final outing as 007 is released in April. 

Surprisingly, though, Eilish would be bucking the Bond trend if she did reach the summit with her new song. While Sam Smith’s 2015 Skyfall song Writing’s On The Wall hit No.1, it was the first tune from the film franchise to reach the summit in its 50-plus year history.

Here, we look back at the post-1994 (when the Official Charts Company began collecting sales data) Bond themes to reveal which of them has sold the most… 

Goldeneye (Parlophone) – Tina Turner (1995)
Chart Peak: No.10
Weeks in Top 100: 9
Sales: 147,852

Tomorrow Never Dies (Polydor) – Sheryl Crow (1997)
Chart Peak: No.12
Weeks in Top 100: 9
Sales: 155,664

The World Is Not Enough (Island) – Garbage (1999)
Chart Peak: No.11
Weeks in Top 100: 10
Sales: 96,338

Die Another Day (Warner Records) – Madonna (2002)
Chart Peak: No.3
Weeks in Top 100: 17
Sales: 225,936

You Know My Name (Polydor) from Casino Royale – Chris Cornell (2006)
Chart Peak: No.7
Weeks in Top 100: 19
Sales: 316,543 

Another Way To Die (RCA) from Quantum Of Solace – Alicia Keys & Jack White (2008)
Chart Peak: No.9
Weeks in Top 100: 14
Sales: 261,481 

Skyfall (XL) – Adele (2012)
Chart Peak: No.2
Weeks in Top 100: 32
Sales: 1,110,516

Writings On The Wall (Capitol) from Spectre – Sam Smith (2015)
Chart Peak: No.1
Weeks in Top 100: 17
Sales: 765,592 

While older Bond themes' sales figures are incomplete, their post-1994 numbers are sometimes stronger than more recent efforts. Live And Let Die (1973) by Paul McCartney & Wings has sold 140,235 in the last 25 years, while Duran Duran's 1985 No.2 Bond Theme A View To A Kill has sold 125,610. 

To read our Hitmakers interview with Don Black on Diamonds Are Forever from the 1971 movie, subscribers can click here.

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