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Best of Bond James Bond Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, Import

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Rissue of the only official Bond music compilation, with 3 new songs, including a previously unrelea sed version of the James Bond Theme, in conjunctio n with 40th Anniversary of the Bond film franchise 20th Bond film, "Die Another Day," in theatres Nov. 22.

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James Bond themes tend to be just as memorable as their movie counterparts and, to a certain extent, just as time sensitive. While many fans can remember the Monty Norman Orchestra's steamy Dr. No theme or Shirley Bassey's "Goldfinger," how many of us remember Rita Coolidge's dated "All Time High" from Octopussy or A-Ha's theme from The Living Daylights? Yes, just as we all have our favorite Bonds, we all have our favorite eras of Bond movie music. But surprisingly, whether they're New Wave, soul, or just Euro-pop inspired, most are still worth hearing. There are some real gems on this compilation: On Her Majesty's Secret Service's "We Have All the Time in the World" by Louis Armstrong, the Thunderball theme sung by Tom Jones, and the spunky theme to The Man With the Golden Gun by Lulu. Just overlook those sporadic lean years and you have a pretty stiff soundtrack cocktail here. --Jason Verlinde

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. James Bond (From Dr. No) - John Barry & Orchestra
  2. Goldfinger (From Goldfinger) - Shirley Bassey
  3. Nobody Does It Better (From The Spy Who Loved Me) - Carly Simon
  4. A View To A Kill (From A View To A Kill) - Duran Duran
  5. For Your Eyes Only (From For Your Eyes Only) - Sheena Easton
  6. We Have All The Time In The World (From On Her Majesty's Secret Service) - Louis Armstrong
  7. Live And Let Die (From Live And Let Die) - Paul McCartney & Wings
  8. All Time High (From Octopussy) - Rita Coolidge
  9. The Living Daylights (From The Living Daylights) - A-Ha
  10. Licence To Kill (From Licence To Kill) - Gladys Knight
  11. From Russia With Love (From From Russia With Love) - Matt Monro
  12. Thunderball (From Thunderball) - Tom Jones
  13. You Only Live Twice (From You Only Live Twice) - Nancy Sinatra
  14. Moonraker (From Moonraker) - Shirley Bassey
  15. On Her Majesty's Secret Service (From On Her Majesty's Secret Service) - The John Barry Orchestra
  16. The Man With The Golden Gun (From The Man With The Golden Gun) - Lulu
  17. Diamonds Are Forever (From Diamonds Are Forever) - Shirley Bassey
  18. Goldeneye (From Goldeneye) - Tina Turner
  19. Tomorrow Never Dies (From Tomorrow Never Dies) - Sheryl Crow
  20. The World Is Not Enough (From The World Is Not Enough) - Garbage
  21. James Bond Theme (From Tomorrow Never Dies) - Moby
  22. James Bond Theme (Goldeneye Trailer Version) - Parodi/Fair


Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 17, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: September 17, 2002
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, Import
  • Label: EMI Europe Generic
  • ASIN: B00006I0BO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,665 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Alan Caylow on September 19, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I'll just cut to the chase, 007 fans: "The Best Of Bond, James Bond" is a must-own CD. It's got *every single* Bond theme on it, from the first film, 1962's "Dr. No," to the 19th film, 1999's "The World Is Not Enough." ALL original recordings by the original artists are here, such as Shirley Bassey, Tom Jones, Nancy Sinatra, Paul McCartney, Carly Simon, Sheena Easton, Duran Duran, Tina Turner & Garbage. And no Bond CD would be complete without the legendary "James Bond Theme," featured here in no less than *three* versions: Monty Norman's 1962 original, the 1997 version by Moby, and, making it's CD debut, the "Goldeneye Trailer" version from 1995 that has featured in many 007 trailers since then (including the current trailers for the upcoming 20th Bond film, "Die Another Day"). Not only that, but the CD booklet gives you a brief rundown of Bond's history on the silver screen, film by film. Quite simply, "The Best Of Bond, James Bond" is a CD that no Bond fan should be without. It's also a great testament not only to the longevity of the world's most famous superspy, but also to the power of Bond's music. Buy it. Just buy it. :-)
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It appears that MGM/Capitol are going to make a regular event of updating "The Best of Bond...James Bond" and that is just great. The changes will involve the addition of the more recent Bond vocals/themes and, as in this release, maybe an extra cut or two. Two disappointments, however..."Tomorrow Never Dies...Surrender" SHOULD be included in this package...David Arnold's song was the real main theme for that film, and the addition of Madonna's "Die Another Day" would have been a nice promotional touch. There are two versions of the James Bond theme from Moby and Parodi/Fair, the latter never released, that will be interesting for many Bond fans but the big plus here is that apparently for the first time all of the songs and themes have been remastered for what is the best production values ever. This is a must for Bond fans...trade in the earlier versions if you have them (except for the special edition with additional pieces of John Barry's scores...hang on to that). As a 40th Anniversary album this is nice, BUT, somthing like the 30th Anniversary two disc set would have been welcomed with more unreleased music (especially Barry's) from earlier films. Very well produced and nicely packaged (an outstanding collection of photos and notes). In two years or so we can expect that "James Bond Will Return."
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If you are a fan of the Bond movies and particularly the various musical themes, this CD is a must-have for your collection. Of course, the classic Bond theme is here in its full orchestral glory. Other well-know classics include "Goldfinger" by Shirley Bassey (who actually sings three different Bond themes offered here), "Nobody Does It Better" from Carly Simon, and "Live and Let Die" by Paul McCartney and the Wings. More recent Bond themes have been included as well, from the 80s hits "For Your Eyes Only" by Sheena Easton and "View to a Kill" from Duran Duran to "Golden Eye" (Tina Turner) and "Tomorrow Never Dies" (Sheryl Crow) from the late 90s Bond films. Missing from the most recent Bond movie is Madonna's "Die Another Day," but few will be saddened by this loss. This is a great collection of great music for Bond and non-Bond fans alike.
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I am sorry everyone but sometimes "newer isn't always better". If you have the oportunity to do so, GET THE 30TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION! With the exception of the two latest movies, It has everything that the 40th ed. has PLUS a second disc of radio promo spots, out-takes, and.... GET THE 30TH ed.
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I had to go and dig this one out of my collection after Channel 4 screened a countdown of the most popular 22 James Bond tunes (according to a national MORI poll) the other night. I haven't stopped playing it since. It might sound like a cliche but I had genuinely forgotten how good this CD actually is.

The documentary was in commemoration of the new 2006 "Casino Royale" with the new James Bond, Daniel Craig. The poll excluded the new movie and it's theme tune (by Chris Cornell?) but did include the spoof original "Casino Royale" starring David Niven and Peter Sellers, and the unofficial "Never Say Never Again", which starred Sean Connery. (The CD ignores both these movies).

It was a very enjoyable and very educational two hours of TV. I've loved James Bond movies since I was a kid and have probably watched them all more than a few times but I knew very little about the gestation of the theme tunes.

We learned, for example, that Rita Coolige's "All Time High", (the theme from "Octopussy"), didn't have any chart success due to the lack of cross title promotion - and that no one was really prepared to write or sing a song with that name. We learned that discomania stopped "Moonraker" from having a success even though a disco version was later re-recorded. We also learned that although Gladys Knight was up for doing a James Bond tune in principle and was definitely up for working with producer Narada Michael Walden, she wasn't sure about the licence to kill ethic. Apparently, it clashed with her religious beliefs. Eventually the song was re-written and mellowed out by making it a threat to anyone who tries to come between her and her man. That, she could live with.
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