The Bond between Jack and Alicia is strong. And by that I mean it has massive pecs and its name is Daniel Craig, because if we are talking musical bonds then no it is not strong. The musical bond sounds about as strong as White giving Alicia the keys to his 007 studio an hour after leaving and saying “Alicia please go in and sing the words and notes that I have sung and we will be a HIT BOND THEME COLLABORATION.” But the official hit Bond theme collaboration video does go a long way to establishing the pair have occupied the same space at some time, because despite the posing and instrument playing on green-screen sets hosting images of 007 opening-strut sequences and espionage-y deserts, there is a moment where the pair are leaning back to back while seated at Alicia’s keys. PROOF. Even so, I defy you to find a shadow in this video that isn’t created digitally. For added authenticity, of course:

They are so real. Better pairing: the White Keys or Meg LaMontagne?

Comments (63)
  1. grover  |   Posted on Sep 30th, 2008 0

    this is still pretty ok. it would’ve stood up as a white stripes song – as it probably was going to be until jack blew the dust off it.

  2. jack white is just a badass.
    and alicia keys.
    my god.
    it’s not life changing. but it’s a hellva fun song

  3. moery  |   Posted on Sep 30th, 2008 0

    i think the track is great. the more you listen, the more it sticks with you. it is memorable, which is more than i can say about prior Bond songs.

    would like to see the stereogum journalist write a song. not sure why stereogum have been so out to attack this pairing.

  4. danielle  |   Posted on Sep 30th, 2008 0

    yea i agree with moery… it an okay track … i’m not thrilled but i’m not adamantly against it either.

    i think the best bond track was golden eye by tina turner… so bad ass lol

  5. reido  |   Posted on Sep 30th, 2008 0

    uh, this is a pretty bad song if you ask me.

  6. notsold  |   Posted on Sep 30th, 2008 0

    Slick production doesn’t make it a better song. Also, props on the guitar playing zombie. :D

  7. paola  |   Posted on Sep 30th, 2008 0

    I don’t like it. The lack of feeling between the two comes out in the song which is without grip. Chris Cornell song was better

  8. come onnnnnn  |   Posted on Sep 30th, 2008 0

    wow why the hatred, just cause these two are too famous? it doesnt make sense at first but there is no denying this song is good. it sounds like a bond song and it could stand on its own too…jack white can do no wrong lately, this is coming from a wimpy hipster, this song is bad ass

  9. Matthew  |   Posted on Sep 30th, 2008 0

    its meh, not the best theme song but its good, white is vish on the drums

  10. Haven’t got to listen to the song yet, so no comment on it. But I wanted to ask: Is it just me, or does Jack look a bit like Michael Jackson in that picture above? I thought that’s who it was a first.

  11. drewsof  |   Posted on Sep 30th, 2008 0

    I think it would have been better had it just been Jack. Or the White Stripes/Raconteurs. Alicia just…. well, I’ll be honest – she ruins an otherwise kick-ass song. Her harmonies don’t quite fit and at the end… I shiver in protest.

  12. edog  |   Posted on Sep 30th, 2008 0

    I like the song, pretty well. I agree it would have been just as good or better sans Alicia Keys. That feeling is exacerbated by this video, which has all the chemistry of a sham marriage.

  13. Meh  |   Posted on Sep 30th, 2008 0

    Not a bad song but still middle of the road. Face it: The last Bond song you could hum two minutes after hearing it was “A View to a Kill.”

  14. The only good part is the Led Zeppelin breakdown.

    • tylenolmonkey  |   Posted on Sep 30th, 2008 0

      I thought the exact same thing. Would have been way cooler if they had made it longer and with Robert Plant instead of Alicia Keys. Also, whoever it was in the studio who let Keys sing “bang bang bang” at the end should be fired immediately. Weak sauce!

  15. it sounds like your usual bond theme… and is it just me or the parts where they sing together are just too awkward?

    could have been over after 3 minutes, too. i’m somewhat disappointed.

  16. I could not get through the entire video. And that dress makes her look ‘heavy’ man.
    Obviously there are many ways to die and this is one of them.

  17. afs  |   Posted on Sep 30th, 2008 0

    oh god haha, that’s an attractive face.
    the song is a bit disconnected but I still like it. the video’s kinda terrible though.

  18. renee  |   Posted on Oct 1st, 2008 0

    LOVE it!

  19. I really like this song.

  20. i like how it well combines 2 genres. maybe it’s a way to appeal to 2 audiences at once, create more exposure for each field. i think that’s what a theme song should partly do, appeal to a broader crowd.

  21. alex  |   Posted on Oct 1st, 2008 0

    those drums sound AWESOME, though the rest of the levels are kinda weird. this song’s pretty good though. JW + AK sound good together, but keys’s voice seems a little lacking sandwiched between white’s.

  22. teni  |   Posted on Oct 1st, 2008 0

    it’s cool that two artists from completely different genres came together but it’s been done before with far more enthusiasm and creativity.

  23. Brian  |   Posted on Oct 1st, 2008 0

    The Song has grown on me, but the video gives me douche chills. pretty lame, too much green screen. cant stand the “singing into each others face” thing.

    Oh, and best bond song??

    Paul McCartney & Wings – Live & Let Die

    No competition. Chris Cornells most recent bond song was amazing, and i would put it in the top 5 bond songs of all time. this one not so much.

  24. God their voices sound terrible together. What a contrived, unnecessary piece of shit that was.

  25. anonymous  |   Posted on Oct 1st, 2008 0

    This song is just about what I would expect from a Bond song although like everything now a days it feels like it tries too hard to be something more than just an average song song at best……………..which it is. The video sucks but Alicia looks hot imo

  26. Trisha  |   Posted on Oct 1st, 2008 0

    Have to admit this whole video and Alicia bein in it and all does not sound or look right!!
    Anyhow, I love the Plain White T’s— and of course Alicia —they are NOT A DUO though. Lyrics are good but sung by the wrong people Seriously!!!

  27. juin  |   Posted on Oct 1st, 2008 0

    the Amy Winehouse one could have been really something now that I have heard this song. I think that a solid James Bond song should be more sophisticated, more sultry, and less “slapped together”.
    Too bad that Ms. Winehouse couldn’t have contributed something. I expected more from White-Keys. wahhhhh!!!! I will still see the movie tho

  28. its not terrible, but its not amazing

  29. Austinjedwards  |   Posted on Oct 2nd, 2008 0

    It’s not the best song, but the guitar/piano sound is good.
    I don’t understand the match-up, but it could’ve been worse.
    I honestly don’t care about james bond, but i could watch jack white play the drums ALL DAY. Holy shit.

  30. dropstring  |   Posted on Oct 2nd, 2008 0

    It’s strange but I like exactly this microtone friction between their voices. And Alicia has to cope with the problem of playing riff rock on a piano (tendency of the whole song; happens to happen when you reduce Bond theme violins into a ra-ta-ta-tat) therefore in benefit of the doubt and I like it at least partially because of Ms Keys.
    Only the video is so terribly cheesy that it hurts and this call and response style solo towards the outro… let’s just say: they shouldn’t have gone there

  31. Delilah  |   Posted on Oct 2nd, 2008 0

    I totally disagree that they shouldn’t be together. I hadn’t heard of Jack White-not my genre of music-but I was impressed by his vocals. I already like Alicia and thought they were great together. I thought it was interesting to put them together and thought both voices together were impressive and excellent. I think too many are swayed by either the genre they like or the original review. I think the song is good, but their voices are great!

  32. he could have done this solo.

    thanks, clive davis.

  33. the first time i listened to the song my sound was low on my computer and i didnt like the song. Which is weird, but i love jack white…. so i listened to it a couple more times… and loud. Now i love the song.

  34. Will Darter  |   Posted on Oct 2nd, 2008 0

    The song is really good, but as said Alicia ruined it. And it’s funny that Jack is better at drums than Meg.

  35. Jd  |   Posted on Oct 2nd, 2008 0

    It’s not awful…I mean…I love them both…don’t NEED them together…but don’t mind it either… The writer sounds like a sour puss though….I guess…those who can’t rock, write.

    And I totally agree, “Live and Let Die” is the Best Bond Song….EVER. Wait, that is until I did hear/see Fergie’s version and I almost ripped my ears off. I digress…

  36. jk  |   Posted on Oct 2nd, 2008 0

    this song sucks ass

  37. cmingus  |   Posted on Oct 2nd, 2008 0

    To Will Darter: Anyone can play the drums better than Meg White because conceptually she’s a primitive drummer. Meg White could play the drums better than Meg White. It’s not like she can’t practice.

    And it’s funny that the only people who like the song are people who like Jack White.
    God this song sucks. And I hated the Chris Cornell one as well.

    Stop giving the Bond song to any random rock star who wants to do one, and give it to someone who can actually write one.

  38. Joe Biden  |   Posted on Oct 2nd, 2008 0

    Look at what a sink in quality Pitchfork and StereoGum have had.

    Really pathetic.

  39. Joelle  |   Posted on Oct 3rd, 2008 0

    Absolutely love the song. It’s so brash and aggressive, tailor made for the new Mr Bond. Well done Jack. As a pairing J & A have just the right amount of edge. The video is simple to be sure, could’ve just watched Jack play drums throughout to be honest. Not a bad clip though, can’t wait to see the tune played out the big screen! I love all the emotions this song has stirred, some mehs but mostly passionate yays or nays. Excitement.

  40. Yuck! I don’t like how either of them look, or sound!

  41. Will Darter  |   Posted on Oct 3rd, 2008 0

    Yes, it was a bit of a joke, I absolutely love the primitive drumming style, that’s how i drum when i play live (but mostly because drums aren’t my primary instrument). I was simply complimenting Jack’s drumming on this song.

  42. vince  |   Posted on Oct 3rd, 2008 0

    This is fucking awful. Let me rephrase that: Jack White is done with the good music thing.

  43. THIS SONG ROCKS!!

  44. 1235  |   Posted on Oct 4th, 2008 0

    music orgasm… it gave me that tingley sensation throughout my body, and not many songs do that. the song has won me over.

  45. Wow, this goes to show how there are no definitives. For everyone that loves it another hates it or these two artists being paired together. While I am pro odd pairings like these (especially across genres), I am frankly not crazy about the song itself (although I was really impressed by Jack’s drum chops – at least it appears like he actually played the part based on his gestures at the drum set).

    RS

    • hey buddy  |   Posted on Oct 6th, 2008 0

      your opinions are stupid, stop signing them “RS” and looking all pensive and deep in your display picture. it is ridiculous.

  46. Brian  |   Posted on Oct 6th, 2008 0

    How in the hell did “The Last Shadow Puppets” not get tapped for the theme to this movie? This song sounds forced and tepid. TLSP could have broke out the full orchestra and made a pretty special Bond theme instead of this throwaway.

  47. Buddy, unless you have something to say about the content, you ought to keep your comments to yourself. I’ll say what I like.

    RS

    • hey buddy  |   Posted on Oct 6th, 2008 0

      *listens to Ramin – black coat*

      yeah i guess you really will say what you like…

      HB

    • ahahahahahha  |   Posted on Oct 9th, 2008 0

      “Imagine John Lennon with members of Roxy Music or perhaps Echo and the Bunnymen as the backing
      band. Then pepper in reminiscences of a young Elton John or Tom Petty with poetry inspired by the likes
      of Dickens, Rumi or even Carl Sandburg and you begin to get the idea….”

      are you serious???

      wow……..

  48. Jason  |   Posted on Oct 8th, 2008 0

    I think the song is kind of cool, especially the breakdown, but what’s up with the vocal effects? The fact that the audio seemingly drops out from time to time, and that their voices mix together when they switch leads makes me think that Jack should have bit the bullet and let someone else produce this track. This minimalist version of maximalism sounds like fail to me.

  49. Kabir Gobin  |   Posted on Oct 29th, 2008 0

    alot of views here…..

    i think this song goes a long way and is probably alot deeper than alot of us thnk! Quite much has been said about the pairing of these 2 artists….

    the song is fantastic as any one knowing these 2 artists would know that this song would have been impossible without them 2 together. The break drums, guitars mixed with alicia’s intuitive-creative sing as she goes improvisations clearly shows in the song – but by each bringing their own styles together – the violins orchestra and trumpet/sax harmony rush in every so often to remind us this is 007.

    Its not enough and it is also too much – immaculately put together.

    all i can say is that i cant stop listening to this song. i love it.

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