Spy films and TV shows have had some very cool theme music. The music ranges from lush orchestral maneuvers to sparse passages with just a single
guitar, a lonely violion or cello, or even just a beat on the bongos. Instrumental surf bands have incorporated "spy music" into their playlists.
So have punk bands. There is even a punk genre called "cold war music".
Some of the spy music themes are instantly recognizable, like the James Bond guitar theme or the Mission Impossible theme. Music genre purists have
named a sub-genre they call "private eye music", like the Peter Gunn theme.
Here are some favorites. Feel free to contribute.
Of course, we need to kick it off with the original. Vic Flick, the guy who played the Bond theme for 1962's film 'Dr. No'
Nancy Sinatra had a hit with her spoof song "Last of the Secret Agents" in 1967. This song incorporates all the spy music elements, right down to
the ominous-sounding guitar fills.
Cold War Music: This dark piece by Massive Attack is "Superpredators", and was used in the intro of the film The Jackal.
Punk band The Rezillos had a song called "Cold Wars" that featured a guitar solo (1:15 mark) that is very James Bondish. The song was inspired by
the 1963 British novel 'The Spy Who Came In From The Cold'.
There were even cartoons that had great spy music:
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