James Bond Theme


James Bond Theme (Tab)(PDF)

Quantum of Solace? What of what?

I’m flabbergasted that Bond is still going. The whole idea is outdated and they ran out of ideas decades ago. The theme tune, on the other hand, still sounds fantastic.

I’ve been working on this arrangement for an age (I think Sean Connery was Bond when I started) and it’s tough to play – I cock it up a couple of times in the mp3. I’ve tried to cram as many parts of the original onto the uke and there’s a great deal of changing between picking and strumming.

Bar 2: Not a triplet, but I use a triplet strum in this bar: down, up with index, up with middle.

Bars 3 – 6: The bass line crops up on the G string played with the thumb along with strums (up, down, up) on the other three strings.

Bars 7 – 14: This is where it starts to get really tricky. You’ve still got the bass line on the G string and the strums on the E and A strings, but now you’ve got the guitar part on the C string as well. A good rule of thumb (and fingers) is to pluck the G string with your thumb when there are no other notes and strum when there are other notes. There are also quite a few rolls in this section.

Bars 19 – 26: Another step up in difficulty with the brass section. The bass line is still going, but this time it’s moving over the strings.

James Bond ukulele tab

Bars 28 – 33: Finally a bit of a rest. You can just strum out this section.

Outro: My favourite part of the tune. I love the last chord: Cm6add9.

There’s a simplified version of this tab here.

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36 Comments

  1. Bertrand October 26th, 2008 6:33 pm

    This is an awesome arrangement and an excellent interprétation, congratulations !

  2. Paul October 26th, 2008 9:07 pm

    That was brilliant! Great job, Woodshed.

    I can’t wait to tackle this one!

  3. LonnaB October 27th, 2008 1:27 am

    You just won’t quit.

    Nice work.

  4. Connor October 27th, 2008 3:46 am

    :O
    You are a legend…
    Sounds Great!!

  5. Cheeky Polenta October 27th, 2008 1:07 pm

    One day, after I’ve tried a million other things, I may get round to attempting the first flourishes of the arrangement, so this is one for the sock drawer. A desert island undertaking.

    But, for now, you should know the following (i.e. my reaction) about the mp3 I’ve just listened to: THAT is amazing.

  6. ukulele-coolia October 27th, 2008 7:47 pm

    Awesome arrangement!

  7. Woodshed October 27th, 2008 9:01 pm

    Bertrand: Thanks!

    Paul: Good luck with it.

    Lonna: I just can’t quit. It’s an affliction. I need help!

    Connor: Legend? I don’t think so, but thanks.

    Cheeky: It’s definitely one you need to set plenty of time aside for.

    Julia: Thanks.

  8. King David Ukulele Station October 28th, 2008 1:16 pm

    James Bond theme par Woodshed…

    Alors qu’il parait que le célèbre thème musical de l’agent le moins secret du monde est de moins en moins voire plus du tout utilisé dans ses films ou sa promotion, Mr. Al “Uke Hunt” Wood le sauve de l’oubli pour la postérité avec un arrange…

  9. J-Hob November 5th, 2008 7:05 pm

    That is a fantastic arrangement! I’m not so foolish as to attempt it – currently leagues above my current skill level and likely to remain so for the foreseeable future.

    Nice work tho!

  10. Woodshed November 5th, 2008 7:21 pm

    Thanks, John. I think the riff will probably turn up next time I do a ‘guitar riffs for uke’ series.

  11. JCMcGee November 17th, 2008 6:55 pm

    To second all the above, that arrangement, tab and the playing on that MP3 are all fantastic!

    Acording to the Guardian newspaper on Sat’…”experts” at various disciplines have spent an average of 10.000 hours practicing….I’m gonna spend a few of those l have left practicing this!

    It’s brilliant, cheers!

  12. Woodshed November 17th, 2008 7:26 pm

    Thanks, Jimmy. It feels like I’ve spent 10,000 hours practicing this tune and I still can’t get it right. But I am a bit simple in the head.

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  14. Cocher May 8th, 2010 3:42 pm

    Awesome!

  15. Jimmy August 10th, 2010 8:35 am

    wait, Isn’t that you in the video? why are you playing lefty? you play right handed in all the other vids

  16. Woodshed August 10th, 2010 8:21 pm

    Jimmy: Yes, it was a mistake with the video not me being ambidextrous.

  17. geogre August 22nd, 2011 1:58 pm

    coool wish i could read uke sheet musick

  18. Woodshed August 22nd, 2011 3:54 pm

    george: There’s a guide to reading tab here.

  19. Oona August 26th, 2011 1:58 pm

    This is absolutely fantastic! Best regards from germany

  20. Woodshed August 26th, 2011 11:43 pm

    Oona:: Thanks very much!

  21. BeatleBoyJohn May 19th, 2012 4:46 pm

    Amazing…post more with tabs/video!
    Probably take me years to learn but who cares…that was fantastic!!!

  22. Woodshed May 21st, 2012 8:20 am

    BeatleBoyJohn: Thanks! I plan to.

  23. seamus4string August 4th, 2012 1:18 am

    on those rolls, are you using your pinky or just ring, middle and index fingers?

  24. Woodshed August 4th, 2012 6:33 pm

    seamus4string: I’m using all my fingers but I think you’d get the same result without it.

  25. seamus4string August 6th, 2012 4:23 am

    Thanks Woodshed

  26. jcmcgee October 19th, 2012 9:47 pm

    This, and the Japanese Ukepunk cover of Debaser are my absolute fave’ bits of ukulele playing ever!

  27. Woodshed October 20th, 2012 12:22 pm

    jcmcgee: Thanks very much! That’s very flattering. How’s the new album coming along?

  28. John Hubbard December 6th, 2012 6:19 am

    Ive just picked up on this one. I think its a really brilliant peice of playing. It incorporates everything thats important for me ie. smooth stumming techniques,finger picking. Its so smooth I cant believe it. Its about time you released a CD and this needs to be on it. I dont know if Im going to try and tackle it as some things do not need to be butchered.I cant believe I missed this one before
    John

  29. Woodshed December 6th, 2012 8:56 am

    John: Thanks very much! It’s pretty safe to say I’m never going to release a CD, though.

  30. Robbie December 23rd, 2012 3:54 pm

    Hi, first of all amazing work with all the tabs. Really enjoying learning some of these songs.

    One thing I would pick up on is that the tab for this song doesn’t follow the video. Is there another video that more closely follows the tab, or a tab arrangement in the right order? The actual chords and notes are all right, it’s just that some of the sections are shorter or are in the wrong place.

    Cheers

  31. Robbie December 23rd, 2012 6:57 pm

    Apologies for the last post, i’ve played it along to the theme music and it’s all in order. CHEEEERS

  32. Woodshed December 24th, 2012 12:24 pm

    Robbie: Thanks very much. Glad you got it sorted.

  33. Charlotte February 10th, 2013 11:04 am

    Ow. My little finger! This is tough but sounds so amazing when you play it. It shall be mine. Oh yes. It shall be mine (evil laugh)

  34. Woodshed February 10th, 2013 12:35 pm

    Charlotte: *Little finger hugs*! Good luck with it.

  35. Alistair C October 29th, 2013 8:50 pm

    That just looks impossibly hard!! May have to be a new year’s resolution tune. 2017.

  36. Woodshed October 30th, 2013 9:22 am

    Alistair: Good luck for 2017!

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