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The Best of James Bond 30th Anniversary [Box set, Limited Edition]

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  • Audio CD (September 8, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Box set, Limited Edition
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B000002V0S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,302 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. James Bond Theme - The Monty Norman Orchestra
2. From Russia With Love - Matt Monro
3. Goldfinger - Shirley Bassey
4. Thunderball - Tom Jones
5. You Only Live Twice - Nancy Sinatra
6. On Her Majesty's Secret Service - The John Barry Orchestra
7. Diamonds Are Forever - Shirley Bassey
8. Live & Let Die - Paul McCartney & Wings
9. The Man With The Golden Gun - Lulu
10. Nobody Does It Better - Carly Simon
See all 16 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. James Bond Theme - The John Barry Orchestra
2. 007 - The John Barry Orchestra
3. Goldfinger - Anthony Newley
4. Pussy Galore's Flying Circus - The John Barry Orchestra
5. Golden Girl - The John Barry Orchestra
6. Death Of Tilley - The John Barry Orchestra
7. The Laser Beam - The John Barry Orchestra
8. Mr. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang - Dionne Warwick
9. Thunderball Suite - The John Barry Orchestra
10. Mr. Kiss-Kiss Bang Bang - Shirley Bassey
See all 15 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

Released in 1992 to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the release of Dr. No, this two-disc set still stands as the ultimate Bond music collection. Disc one includes all of the hit songs from the Bond films, including Shirley Bassey's "Goldfinger," Tom Jones's "Thunderball," Paul McCartney & Wings' "Live & Let Die" and Sheena Easton's "For Your Eyes Only." Disc two includes Louis Armstrong's lovely "We Have All the Time in the World," as well as a nice collection of rarities (Anthony Newley's demo of "Goldfinger"), lesser-known orchestral cuts from Goldfinger and Thunderball, and radio ads for You Only Live Twice, Thunderball, and Live & Let Die. The perfect accompaniment for a martini built for two. Shaken not stirred, of course! --Dan Epstein

Product Description

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Genre: Soundtracks & Scores
Media Format: Compact Disk
Release Date: 8-SEP-1992

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A CD No James Bond Fan Should Be Without. January 12, 2007
Format:Audio CD
As someone who has been a huge James Bond since before he could walk, you can bet I love every aspect of the films, including the music. Many of the theme songs to the films are classics, while the ones that have slipped under the radar remain awesome underrated numbers.

In 1992, to commemorate the 30th anniversary of 1962's "Dr. No", the 2 cd "The Best Of James Bond" was released. Itr included all the theme songs for the movies from 1962's "Dr. No" up to 1989's "License To Kill", as well as a second disc of rarities.

This is an excellent compilation that all 007 fans must have in their collection. You get all the classic Bond themes, such as Shirley Bassey's "Goldfinger", Paul McCartney & Wings' "Live And Let Die", Carly Simon's "Nobody Does It Better", Sheena Easton's "For Your Eyes Only", and Duran Duran'a "A View To A Kill", as well as some lesser heard but equally great songs, such as Nancy Sinatra's luscious theme for "You Only Live Twice", Bassey's sexy rendering of "Diamonds Are Forever" and her mysterious, sweet "Moonraker", Lulu's thrilling "The Man With The Golden Gun", Rita Coolidge's glorious "All Time High", and a-ha's excellent "The Living Daylights". There are a few rough spots (Tom Jones' over the top "Thunderball" and Gladys Knight's awful "License To Kill"), but other than that, it's a nearly flawless compilation.

The second disc is a great treat for hardcore Bond fans. For starters, you get several radio spots for "You Only Live Twice", "Thunderball" and "Live And Let Die", some great instrumental scores, two different recordings of the scrapped "Thunderball" theme song "Mr.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cracking collection, a little biased towards 60s October 29, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
For anyone getting into the music of the James Bond films, this is an essential collection. Even if you own every Bond soundtrack album (I know, it's sad, isn't it?) you will still find plenty here to make up for the repeat material.
It's neatly arranged with all the main themes in chronological order on one disc, and a second disc mixing familiar incidental music with recently rediscovered rarities, so it makes a fitting celebration, not just another cheap cash-in. The liner notes are a treat, too, complete with comments on the films themselves and background info on the new material.
My only criticism is the bias towards the 60s. Apart from the 'Live and Let Die' radio trailer, everything on the second disc comes from the 60s. Popular wisdom says this was the golden era of Bond, but fans of anything so enduring tend to have a more comprehensive appreciation. By being biased towards the 60s, it is also biased towards John Barry who surely deserves a special place in Bond history, but we shouldn't forget the other contributions which add to the richness of the whole story. Hopefully, the balance will be redressed if the rumoured reissue of the soundtrack back-catalogue takes advantage of the opportunity to unearth a few more nuggets, as illustrated by the 'Deluxe Edition' of 'The Living Daylights'.
On the whole, an undeniably worthwhile and fascinating compilation.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must for Any Bond Fan October 17, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Capitol's "Best of James Bond -30th Anniversay" collection is still a definitive is what an "anniversary" collection should be. Combining all of the main themes, vocal and instrumental (it includes the vocal version of "From Russia With Love" rather than Barry's instrumental treatment, and both Barry's instrumental "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" and "We Have All the Time in the World")with a second disc that includes some amazing odds and ends that had never been released, this is a must for Bond fans. Among those odds and ends are many John Barry cues that never made it to soundtrack albums, including a stunning suite from "Thunderball," and several vocals that were not used. Perphaps the most interesting addition is the tremendous vocal version (by two different artists, no less-Dionne Warwick and Shirley Bassey)of "Mr. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang," that had been scheduled to be the vocal theme for "Thunderball." Well produced, and nicely packaged with abundant notes and photos, this is a treat. In some ways the later, 40th Anniversary album is a better sound production (and includes newer vocals), but it also failed to give us much of the unreleased music that so many of us have been hoping for. Something closer to the 30th Anniversary collection would have been nice in 2002, but as we all know...James Bond will return.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great, BUT... September 30, 2001
Format:Audio CD
EVERY song here, in one way or another, is an all-time classic. This package includes the 007 themes from DR. NO (1962) to LICENSE TO KILL (1989). However, I'd suggest skipping this seemingly incredible comp and going instead for the 2-CD set of the SAME NAME! Disc 1 on that contains the 16 themes in chronological sequence (which this, strangely, doesn't), while Disc 2 contains a LOT of previously-unreleased tracks that can be found nowhere else.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Licence to Thrill August 4, 2003
Format:Audio CD
This collection as you can see, is fairly comprehensive, but not complete; it stops at the Dalton Bond films (not that that's a bad thing!), but includes some rarities from earlier efforts such as Thunderball and You Only Live Twice.
But back in the day, the Bond theme song was always a highlight of the movies themselves. Big, pompous (often with brass sections), over-the-top, but completely winning in conviction. Top picks: Nancy Sinatra's "You Only Live Twice", Sheena Easton's "For Your Eyes Only", Paul McCartney/Wings "Live and Let Die", and my personal favourite, Carly Simon's "Nobody Does It Better".
Later theme songs are marginal at best, and are therefore, inessential. This is the one to pick up.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars James Bond fan
I just love this music, it is so well composed. I am a big fan and listen to the CD when in the car or working on a project at home.
Published 1 month ago by Robert Snapp
3.0 out of 5 stars ho-hum quality
The songs are all there but the quality of the recordings is not very good. I would not recommend this ...
Published 3 months ago by Leslie
5.0 out of 5 stars great find
I Have looked for a cd version of John Barry's great movie hits as I had it on LP many years ago.
Published 12 months ago by Mary Anne
5.0 out of 5 stars A license to enjoy!
A great 2CD set containing the best of the bond movie themes whilst staying away from the latest modern bond offerings.
Published 12 months ago by Janusz
3.0 out of 5 stars James Bond recaptured
I loved the James Bond movies. The theme songs vary from mediocre to fabulous. "Live and let Die" I think is one of the best; "Diamonds are Forever" not so great. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Ann L.
5.0 out of 5 stars Bond fan
I enjoyed there Anniversary one because it was the first one my father got and it was a good one to listen to.
Published 15 months ago by Kurt Mstoecklhuber
1.0 out of 5 stars This is the ONE DISC version
You guys that are reviewing this CD are confusing and misleading customers. This is NOT the two disc set. Read more
Published 17 months ago by John L. Mack
5.0 out of 5 stars the best of james bond 30th aniversary collection
product arrive undamaged and fast, cost was favorable, quality was good, I would reconmend this CD "the best of james bond 30th aniversary collection"
Published 20 months ago by david
5.0 out of 5 stars 30th Limited Edition Outshines 50th Anniversary Collection
I feel this 2-disc Best of James Bond 30th Anniversary Limited Edition Collection is far better than the current 50th Anniversary Collection for several reasons. Read more
Published 21 months ago by gobirds2
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of James Bond 30th Anniversary
If you like music from the movies, then this one is a must have! I have a really killer surround system w/ over 700 watts of power,and I'm fond of muting the sound on some of the... Read more
Published 22 months ago by oldbull
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