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Thunderball: Original Motion Picture Sound Track Soundtrack

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The film Goldfinger firmly established the James Bond franchise as a box-office juggernaut, while the pop success of Shirley Bassey's title song only helped focus attention on the film's score and composer John Barry's key musical contributions in setting the mood for the series. But it was the next installment in the British spy's saga, Thunderball, that stands as Barry's most evocative and memorable Bond score. Tom Jones's rendition of the title track has all the muscular bombast of Bassey's previous effort, but Barry's scoring quickly shifts the mood to one of dark mystery. The brassiness of the Goldfinger score is supplanted here by jazz-inflected winds and Barry's distinctive, haunting string arrangements; a nigh-perfect cocktail of action, adventure, and suspense elements. --Jerry McCulley

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Main Title-Thunderball - Tom Jones
  2. Chateau Flight
  3. The Spa
  4. Switching The Body
  5. The Bomb
  6. Cape Martinique
  7. Thunderball
  8. Death Of Fiona
  9. Bond Below Disco Volante
  10. Search For Vulcan
  11. 007
  12. Mr. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang


Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Original Release Date: December 29, 1965
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Capitol
  • Run Time: 130 minutes
  • ASIN: B00000DR8A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #241,844 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
Ever since "Thunderball" was issued on CD it has contained a defect. I have purchased 3 copies through the years and they all contain the same defect.
On Track 5 titled "The Bomb" at exactly 2:40 and 2:41 minutes the sound goes dead and then skips a note as it returns. This is one of John Barry's best tracks on this album and it just ruins it, for me at least. I purchased my third copy just this last summer thinking the problem would have been corrected after all these years. It has not.
As an interesting note, when this album was issued on Liberty audiocassette it did not contain this defect. When Liberty reissued the audiocassette simultaneously with the "Thunderball" CD it too contained the same defect. If you own these on audiocassette you will note that the serial numbers for both audiocassettes are different.
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The top three James Bond scores were all the work of John Barry: "On Her Majesty's Secret Service," "Goldfinger," and "Thunderball." Barry's music for "Thunderball" is often underrated, however. The score is outstanding and Tom Jones' rendition of the title song is both powerful and representative of what most people expect a Bond title to be. In fact, there was another vocal, "Mr. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang," that was recorded by both Shirley Bassey and Dionne Warwick and it too is really quite impressive. This song is included instrumentally on the soundtrack and both vocals are found on the double disc, anniversary "The Best of Bond." Vocal songs aside, Barry's score for "Thunderball" is dynamic; it is dramatic, powerful, and menacing to be sure, but also laid back in places as with "Mr. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang." Again, Barry's music for the pre-title sequence is stunning and can stand as almost a mini-soundtrack all by itself. Sadly, as with other early Barry scores, there is music that is not included on the original soudtrack and cd, but the good news is that the anniversary album includes a wonderful Barry conducted suite replete with music absent from the soundtrack recordings. Given the material that is readily available, an expanded album (with both songs and the suite) is possible and would be a welcome offering. The current recordings are a must for any Bond fan, or the many students of John Barry's work.
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I believe some else of the reviewers of this soundtrack mentioned the word "underrated". That's true. I would say that this soundtrack is a little TO dark and mysterious to be the best Bond-soundtrack, but I rate it very high on my list. To start with, the dark songs on this soundtrack really is great, and those are what you associate this soundtrack with. The following songs are of this type: Track nr 3: "The Spa", Track nr 4 "Switching the Body" and Track nr 5 "The Bomb"(should be named "The Bombs", I think!). The best of those songs are "The Spa", but "The Bomb"-theme is also good. And just how marvellous isn't the beginning of "The Bomb"? The soundtrack is also filled with instrumental versions of the songs "Thunderball " and "Mr. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang"(which is instrumental on the soundrtack as well, but there exist vocale versions of this song, in one sings Shirley Bassey and in the other Dionne Warvick). The beatufil "Cape Martinique" is a version of "Mr Kiss...", and so is "Death of Fiona". Instrumentals of "Thunderball" are Tracks nr 7 (of course) and nr 9 "Bond below Disco Volante". (in an action-version) The action-song "Chateau Flight", from the beginning of the film, is superb and a great and cool version of the Bond-theme. The classic "007"-theme returns, here in the strangest way it ever appeard. The version is quite cool, but I can't compare it with the original, cause it is in a total different way. But I am missing the action-music from the end of the film, when they are fighting at Disco Volante.Read more ›
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Definately, one of my favorite John Barry scores for the 007 series. Even more than GOLDFINGER, the previous James Bond adventure, THUNDERBALL perfectly captures the essense of Bond and his world.
In fact, you could say that the 007 music fully evolved with this film. Unlike the sparse sounding music of the first three films, THUNDERBALL has a fully orchestrated sound filled with exciting musical motifs.
My personal favorite is the pre-title music "Chateau Fight," which fully captures the intensity of the moment where 007 confronts a cross-dressing SPECTRE agent which results in a rather nasty fight, which climaxes when 007 dons a crash helmet and a jet pack.
My only dissapointment is that this score is from the first half of the film. The second half which features the climatic underwater battle can be heard in the 30th Anniversary album. It's a shame that MGM hasn't combined the halves into one.
But, that quibbling aside, this is definately one of the best early scores.
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