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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.

Disc: 1
1. James Bond Theme The John Barry 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. We Have All The Time In The World - Louis Armstrong
8. Diamonds Are Forever Shirley Bassey
9. Live And Let Die Paul McCartney & Wings
10. The Man With The Golden Gun Lulu
See all 23 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Dr. No s Fantasy The Monty Norman Orchestra
2. Under The Mango Tree - Diana Coupland
3. 007 The John Barry Orchestra
4. Opening Titles (Medley): James Bond Is Back/From Russia With Love/James Bond Theme The John Barry Orchestra
5. Into Miami The John Barry Orchestra
6. The Laser Beam The John Barry Orchestra
7. Mr. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang Shirley Bassey
8. Switching The Body The John Barry Orchestra
9. Capsule in Space The John Barry Orchestra
10. Do You Know How Christmas Trees Are Grown Nina
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 9, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B0091V6TF4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (216 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,145 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful By gobirds2 TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 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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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Travis on November 1, 2012
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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
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Diana Newman on August 29, 2013
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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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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By scs007 on October 12, 2012
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. Charles on March 1, 2013
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Every track on the cd did one of three things: Remind me of my favorite Bond movie, remind me of my favorite scene in the Bond movie tied to the particular song or made me wish I could remember more of the movie tied to the track playing at the time.

Shirley Bassey's performances of Goldfinger, Diamonds are Forever and Moonraker were the best parts of the cd. Nancy Sinatra, Lulu, Sheena Easton, A-Ha, Tina Turner, Sheryl Crow, Garbage and Madonna's tracks on the cd were equally spectacular.

I would recommend this cd for all James Bond fans.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Diane C Miller on August 29, 2014
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The set has 2 CD with the first covering all of the well known theme songs from each of the movies over 50 years. The songs are done by either the original artists or other very well known performers.It makes for plenty of easy listening and brings back fond memories of the movies themselves. The second disk is also very interesting with many of the songs from the movies which are not the actual theme song but sill were memorable music.It gives the listener a change of pace
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