10. Nancy Sinatra, ‘Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)’
Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
Another brilliant beginning. Heavy boots crack glass and pound on wood as the camera finds Uma Thurman's bloodied face staring up at an unknown assailant.
'This is me at my most masochistic' a gravelly voice mourns, before a gunshot that launches into a melancholy cover of Cher's hit over the opening credits. Bang bang...
“Bang Bang set to Uma for the opening credits was in my mind on the set of Pulp Fiction.
The only difference is that back at that time I was going to use the Cher version. I love the Cher version – it's fantastic. But Nancy Sinatra's is so soulful, and she sings it like it's poetry.
If all you know about Nancy Sinatra is These Boots Are Made for Walkin', it gives you new respect for what a wonderful vocalist she was. She makes it her own.”
9. The Delfonics, ‘Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time)?’
Jackie Brown (1997)
Not so much a moment as a theme, with The Delfonics' gorgeous, ambling love song saying everything that Robert Forster's sharp-but-straight bondsman Max can't put into words about his feelings for Pam Grier's foxy Jackie Brown.
[on his enormous vinyl collection] “My biggest collection of any one genre would be my soundtrack collection.
That’s just alphabetical until you get to Z. Then I have it broken down into sub-genre. I have a whole blaxploitation section.
Then I have a whole spy movie section. And then I have a whole spaghetti western section, and a whole biker movie section – these are all subgenres that have their own sound and characteristics.”