James Bond Wedding Cocktail Hour

March 16, 2016 by Gregg Hollmann

james_bond_conneryJames Bond, Agent 007, is a man of international intrigue. A creation of writer Ian Fleming, James Bond was adapted to the silver screen in 1962 with “Dr. No” starring Sean Connery. Skyfall (2012) was the 23rd installment in the film series. The series has grossed over $6 billion to-date, making it the second-highest-grossing film series ever (behind Harry Potter) and the single most successful when adjusted for inflation.

In addition to colorful characters, exotic locales and clever gadgets, Bond films have contained a wealth of great music through the years. To this end, it was relatively easy to compile a list of songs for a James Bond-themed cocktail hour – with artists ranging from Adele to Duran Duran to Louis Armstrong to Sheena Easton. Our playlist even contains several soca-calypso tracks that were featured in Dr. No and Licence to Kill.

Ambient DJ continues its tradition of selecting a signature cocktail for each wedding cocktail hour playlist. The “Vesper Martini” is a drink that was invented by fictional secret agent James Bond in the 1953 novel Casino Royale. Its namesake was inspired by the beautiful female character Vesper Lynd. Of course, Mr. Bond would want his Vesper Martini “shaken, not stirred.” The recipe and history of the Vesper Martini can be viewed by clicking here.

James Bond Cocktail Hour Playlist

James Bond Theme – The John Barry Orchestra (Dr. No) (1962)
From Russia with Love – Matt Monro (1963) .. alternatively, consider Natacha Atlas’ cover version.
You Only Live Twice – Nancy Sinatra (1967) .. alternatively, consider Coldplay’s cover version.
We Have All the Time in the World – Louis Armstrong (On Her Majesty’s Secret Service) (1969).. alternatively, consider Iggy Pop’s cover version
Diamonds are Forever – Shirley Bassey (1971)
For Your Eyes Only – Sheena Easton (1981)
Nobody Does It Better – Carly Simon (The Spy Who Loved Me) (1977)
All-Time High – Rita Coolidge (Octopussy) (1983)
GoldenEye – Tina Turner (1995)
Licence to Kill -Gladys Knight (1989)
Wedding Party – Ivory (Licence to Kill) (1989)
Kingston Calypso – Byron Lee & His Dragonaires (Dr. No) (1962)
Under the Mango Tree – Diana Coupland (Dr. No) (1962)
Skyfall – Adele (2012)
A View to a Kill – Duran Duran (1985)
Die Another Day – Madonna (2002)
The Living Daylights – a-Ha (1987)
Live and Let Die – Paul McCartney & Wings (1973)
The World is Not Enough – Garbage (1999)
Tomorrow Never Dies – Sheryl Crow (1997)
James Bond Theme Song (2005 drum & bass remix) – LTJ Bukem

Recap of Previous Cocktail Hour Playlists

Here are our prior submissions:

Alternative Rock Cocktail Hour, Craft Beer (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
The Quintessentially Mixed Cocktail Hour, Long Island Iced Tea (DJ AQ). Click here.
Good Vibes Cocktail Hour, Pina Colada (DJ Iron Mike). Click here.
Head to Shoulder Dip Cocktail Hour, Hairy Navel (DJ Gary G). Click here.
Retro Soul Cocktail Hour, Ciroc Havana Coconut Martini (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
Smooth Sail Cocktail Hour, Malibu Bay Breeze (DJ Mike K). Click here.
Back to the Eighties Cocktail Hour, Midori Sour (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
Beach Themed Cocktail Hour, Red Stripe Beer (DJ Spinz). Click here.
Classic Wedding Cocktail Hour, Tanqueray & Tonic (DJ Garrett B.). Click here.
International Excursions Wedding Cocktail Hour, Sangria (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
Country Wedding Cocktail Hour, Manhattan (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
Crooner Wedding Cocktail Hour, Jack Daniels on the Rocks w/Splash of Water (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
Chanteuse Wedding Cocktail Hour, White Lady (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
TV Theme Songs Wedding Cocktail Hour, Coca-Cola with a side of Popcorn (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
Christmas Wedding Cocktail Hour, Eggnog (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
Boardwalk Empire / Great Gatsby Wedding Cocktail Hour, Rum Punch for a Crowd (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
Classic R&B Wedding Cocktail Hour, Ciroc Blue Ocean (DJ Iron Mike). Click here.
About Ambient DJ Service

Ambient DJ Service is a full-service mobile NJ DJ entertainment company based in Central New Jersey that specializes in wedding DJ entertainment. Ambient DJ is a 2013 winner of the Knot Best of Weddings award as well as of the WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Award. We have a deep passion for the music that we play and enjoy collaborating with our brides and grooms to create unforgettable parties! For more info and to read our wedding reviews, visit us on the web at www.ambientdj.com.

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Ambient DJs’ Founder and President, Gregg Hollmann, is a leader in the wedding and events industry. With formal musical training on several instruments, Gregg is known for his creative mixing and chameleon-like ability to play in different musical styles. His musical knowledge allows him to excel in environments ranging from elegant wedding receptions to convivial dance parties. A graduate of the College of New Jersey, he holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration. He enjoys working with clients and personalizing events to their tastes. An industry leader, Gregg has served as President of the East Coast’s premier professional disc jockey organization, the New Jersey Disc Jockey Network for the past three years. He is the author of The Bride’s Guide to Selecting the Perfect Wedding DJ available on Amazon.com.


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