Yesterday, I had a chance to catch the latest 007 movie with Daniel Craig, "Skyfall" last night (which is why I couldn't write anything here). Of course, there is the famous theme song by Monty Norman with the guitar and brass that starts the adventures with the proverbial bang.
If I hadn't had already done so a few months back, I would've written about the theme for "Lupin the Third"（ルパン三世） since I think it and the Bond theme are somewhat like soulmates. However, what's done is done. But there are still plenty of famous crime-connected theme tunes in Japanese pop culture. I've already profiled the techno theme for "Odoru Dai Sosasen"（踊る大捜査線....Bayside Shakedown) (1997), the cop show which takes place in Odaiba, the modern Tokyo Bay area. But there was another one a few years previously.
Unlike "Odoru Dai Sosasen"'s theme, the theme for Japan's most eccentric TV detective is solidly in the jazz genre. Composed by Yusuke Honma（本間勇輔）, who has scored the lion's share of TV dramas, anime and movies, "Ninzaburo Furuhata"starts off with urgent strings before something that sounds like a minor-chord intro to "My Favourite Things" and then a jazz riff reminiscent of a 30s crime caper.
The actor behind the detective, Masakazu Tamura（田村正和）, has come out and said that he regrets taking on the character since he has now been effectively stereotyped. Sometimes, I think he should get together with some of the cast from the classic "Star Trek" to commiserate.
In any case, the theme song is one of the most recognizable for most Japanese.