The Borgified Corpse wrote:
As I understand it, the theme was always going to have the same melody. They even had a female singer record the “Mr. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang” version of the lyrics. Later, they changed the lyrics to “Thunderball” but with the same melody, and that's what Tom Jones recorded.
Does anyone have the original “Mr. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang” lyrics?
Weird Al Yankovic's title song for the Leslie Neilsen comedy Spy Hard
is a spoof of Bond theme songs in general, but it was obviously inspired by “Thunderball.”