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Best Of James Bond 50th Anniversary (2 CD) [Soundtrack]

Various Artists Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (157 customer reviews)

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Disc 1:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. James Bond Theme (From "Dr. No.")The John Barry Orchestra 1:47$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. From Russia With LoveMatt Monro 2:33$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. GoldfingerShirley Bassey 2:48$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. ThunderballTom Jones 3:02Album Only
listen  5. You Only Live TwiceNancy Sinatra 2:45$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. On Her Majesty's Secret ServiceThe John Barry Orchestra 2:35$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. We Have All the Time in the WorldLouis Armstrong 3:13$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Diamonds Are ForeverShirley Bassey 2:41$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Live And Let DiePaul McCartney And Wings 3:13Album Only
listen10. The Man With the Golden GunLulu 2:34Album Only
listen11. Nobody Does It BetterCarly Simon 3:28$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. MoonrakerShirley Bassey 3:08$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. For Your Eyes OnlySheena Easton 3:03$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. All Time HighRita Coolidge 3:02$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen15. A View to a KillDuran Duran 3:34$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen16. The Living DaylightsA-Ha 4:13$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen17. Licence to KillGladys Knight 4:11Album Only
listen18. GoldeneyeTina Turner 3:29$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen19. Tomorrow Never DiesSheryl Crow 4:52Album Only
listen20. The World Is Not EnoughGarbage 3:57$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen21. Die Another DayMadonna 4:36Album Only
listen22. You Know My NameChris Cornell 4:01Album Only
listen23. Another Way to DieJack White & Alicia Keys 4:23$1.29  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Dr No's FantasyThe Monty Norman Orchestra 1:41$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Under the Mango TreeDiana Coupland 2:23$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. 007The John Barry Orchestra 2:45$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Opening Titles (Medley): James Bond Is Back/From Russia With Love/James Bond ThemeThe John Barry Orchestra 2:28$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Into MiamiThe John Barry Orchestra0:57$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. The Laser BeamThe John Barry Orchestra 2:53$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Mr. Kiss Kiss Bang BangShirley Bassey 2:15$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Switching the BodyThe John Barry Orchestra 2:48$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Capsule in SpaceThe John Barry Orchestra 2:40$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Do You Know How Christmas Trees Are GrownNina 3:21$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Bond Smells a RatThe John Barry Orchestra 1:53$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Fillet of Soul-New Orleans/ Live and Let Die/ Fillet of Soul-Harlem (Medley) (feat. B.J. Arnau)The George Martin Orchestra 3:21$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. Underground LairThe John Barry Orchestra 4:17$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. Hip's TripThe John Barry Orchestra 3:19$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen15. The PyramidsMarvin Hamlisch 1:30$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen16. Cable Car and Snake FightThe John Barry Orchestra 3:07$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen17. Make It Last All Night (feat. Rage)Bill Conti 3:30$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen18. The Chase Bomb ThemeJohn Barry 1:57$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen19. Snow JobThe John Barry Orchestra 2:29$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen20. Where Has Everybody GoneThe Pretenders 3:36$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen21. If There Was a ManThe Pretenders 2:50$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen22. The Experience of LoveEric Serra 5:54$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen23. James Bond Theme (Moby's Re-version)Moby 3:23$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen24. SurrenderK. D. Lang 3:56$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen25. Only Myself to BlameScott Walker 3:37$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen26. VesperDavid Arnold 1:45$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen27. Time to Get OutDavid Arnold 3:28$1.29  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 9, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B0091V6TF4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (157 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,816 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

2012 marks the 50th anniversary of the iconic James Bond. The expanded 2-disc anniversary compilation features 50 tracks (to celebrate 50
years of Bond) from all 22 007 films including music by the John Barry Orchestra and Shirley Bassey.

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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Curiosity Piece and Perfunctory Collection October 9, 2012
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This is the 50th Anniversary of the cinematic James Bond film series and it would have been nice to have integrated familiar cuts and snippets of the melodies associated with the hallmark James Bond sound and theme interpolated throughout and still musically represent each film from DR. NO up to and including QUANTUM OF SOLACE. Given that this is a collection from 22 films, that could have been a daunting task, but far from impossible. My issues with this CD are with Disc 2 and what it really tried to capture.

DR. NO, FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE, GOLDFINGER, THUNDERBALL and YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE are well represented, considering the constraints, and it was very good to have the vocal version of Mr. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang included on Disc 2. It would have been nice if actual instrumental cuts of John Barry's On HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE and THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS scores had been included on Disc 2 as well.

I thought it was a shame that no instrumental cuts were included for Bill Conti's FOR YOUR EYES ONLY score, Eric Serra's GOLDENEYE score and David Arnold's scores for TOMORROW NEVER DIES, THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH and DIE ANOTHER DAY. In fact, there are no cuts for LICENCE TO KILL and DIE ANOTHER DAY on Disc 2. I find this to be very curious.

For the James Bond enthusiast spirit in many of us I suppose it is still better than nothing at all for the 50th Anniversary. "The Laser Beam" from GOLDFINGER, "Switching The Body" from THUNDERBALL, "Snow Job" from A VIEW TO A KILL and "Vesper" from CASINO ROYALE are excellent cuts. However, this collection remains a curiosity piece and perfunctory at best.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
By Travis
Format:MP3 Music
Most reviews have concentrated on complaints, so it's worth addressing those:

No "Best of Bond" compilation has included the current film's title song. Go back to the The Best of Bond: James Bond; you won't find "The World Is Not Enough". The Best of Bond James Bond did not include "Die Another Day", and Best Of Bond... James Bond, The (CD) did not include "Another Way to Die". I'm not saying it isn't a fair complaint; just that complaining about it demonstrates an unfamiliarity with the "Best of Bond" compilation series dating back to 1999.

The absence of music from specific films has to do with rights issues:

Licence To Kill and Music From The MGM Motion Picture The World Is Not Enough are controlled by MCA
Tomorrow Never Dies was released by A&M Records; the expanded score album Tomorrow Never Dies (1997 Film) was issued in 2000 on the boutique label, Chapter III Records
Music From The MGM Motion Picture Die Another Day was released by Warner Records

I'm hopeful that La-La Land Records might get the rights to give us a proper score release for LICENCE TO KILL, given that they just released an expanded DR.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 50 Years of 007: An almost perfect collection October 24, 2012
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As a 007 fan and collector since 1981, I would like to state that I think this is a GREAT collection of 007 music. Including many songs by the legendary (and GENIUS) John Barry. The first 007 Bond theme song collection I owned was the "James Bond Greatest Hits" vinyl album released on EMI records in 1982. Does anybody else remember that album?!

The only complaint I have is this: The producers of this collection SHOULD have squeezed in Patti Labelle's "If You Asked Me To" from 1989's "Licence To Kill" on disc two. Knowing what a popular song it was for Ms. Labelle (and several other artists). To include the closing credits songs "Surrender" from "Tomorrow Never Dies" and then omit "If You Asked Me To" and skip to "The Experience of Love" from "GoldenEye" seems bizarre and SO WRONG.

Otherwise, this is a NEAR-PERFECT 007 theme song collection for those of us who LIVE for the cinema's GREATEST franchise, and the world's GREATEST secret agent JAMES BOND 007!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars James Bond Fanatic October 12, 2012
By scs007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
If you are a Bond Fanatic like me, then you MUST buy the 50th anniversary Bond CD.
I pre-ordered it and it was deliver this morning. It is a 2 disk set. Great for collectors or just cool to have, It has the most amzing clear sound all of the classic bond songs sung by the original artits Best Of James Bond 50th Anniversary (2 CD)and Instramentals. Some of the featured songs are Goldfinger sung by Shirley Bassey, View to a kill by Duran Duran, Die another day by Madonna and of course the Casino Royal theme You know my name by Chris O'Connel. WHEW!!!! You will love it.
P.S. Sorry , No Adelle for Skyfall an this track. You have to pre-order for Nov.movie release.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't try to drive while listening to this. August 29, 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
All of a sudden you will think you're cool, thin, rich, good-looking and driving something you can't afford, sitting next to someone you can't afford.
Much better to listen to alone at home in your best panties.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars I like the newer songs better
I thought it might have LIve and Let DIe, SkyFall, You only LIve twice etc Not crazy about the songs on this collection.
Published 4 days ago by Angela B. Klein
5.0 out of 5 stars Remember when movie music was just as grand as the movies?
I bought this for my dad who is a way bigger James Bonds fan than I am... and I kept it! I know, it's stupid because I got the download version as well, but I didn't want to rip... Read more
Published 1 month ago by P. Larochelle
5.0 out of 5 stars The BEST $5 ever spent
I was able to pick this gem up on one of Amazon primes sales. Big 007 fan so this was just amazing. If you like those songs, get this album.
Published 1 month ago by Vegan Karen
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice to have all these in one spot
I don't love all these songs for various reasons, but next to the great ones - everything sounds pretty good. Read more
Published 1 month ago by D. Doescher
5.0 out of 5 stars The music of Bond is amazing!
This CD is great. I strongly suggest anyone that's a fan of music over the last 50 years to pick this up. Many great artists have sung some of their best songs for Bond. Read more
Published 1 month ago by themusicaddict
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Music
More good music than great music. Some tracks are so so, a few are very good. Overall worth the it for the special album pricing I paid.
Published 1 month ago by HD Futch
5.0 out of 5 stars all the great songs
this cd has all the theme songs from all the mgm 007 movies. I played it 5 or 6 times the first 2 days I had it
Published 1 month ago by henry r
4.0 out of 5 stars All inclusive CD package of theme songs and top music scores of Bond...
If you want a good dose of Classic James Bond music then you should get this pretty all inclusive package of Bond Theme songs and best pieces from the movie soundtrack scores. Read more
Published 1 month ago by steve
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Much the Surprise
...and this from a non-Bond fan...alright, I'll concede that I've sat through most of the films, admit having friends who commit them to memory, and recognize most of the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by johcafra
5.0 out of 5 stars Great compilation of all Bond movie themes
Great cd with all original recording as they were heard at the movies. I definitely recommend this cd collection to anyone who is looking for the original bond movie hits... Read more
Published 2 months ago by STEVE C CORDON
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I've always really wanted to have this song on a Bond compilation but they never include it for one reason or another.
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