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Best of Bond...James Bond: 40th Anniversary Edition
     

Best of Bond...James Bond: 40th Anniversary Edition

 

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Ushering in the longest running series in film history were three words unforgettably uttered by Sean Connery: "Bond. James Bond." One of the most familiar musical passages of our time and no less memorable is John Barry's "James Bond Theme," performed by the Monty Norman Orchestra. The songs accompanying the opening credits for each film

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Ushering in the longest running series in film history were three words unforgettably uttered by Sean Connery: "Bond. James Bond." One of the most familiar musical passages of our time and no less memorable is John Barry's "James Bond Theme," performed by the Monty Norman Orchestra. The songs accompanying the opening credits for each film have always been an eagerly anticipated and intrinsic part of the Bond phenomenon. Small wonder that top pop artists from Paul McCartney to Tom Jones to Nancy Sinatra were eager to do a Bond song. Among the 19 knockout original performances included in this very fun collection are Shirley Bassey's clarion sounding of "Goldfinger," Duran Duran's "A View to a Kill," Carly Simon's droll "Nobody Does It Better," and Matt Monro's crooning "From Russia With Love." Bassey turns up twice more with "Diamonds Are Forever" and "Moonraker," and Louis Armstrong reassuringly reports "We Have All The Time in the World." Liner notes that include recording info and photos add to a very tasty collection worthy of Mr. Bond.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
One of the signature aspects of a James Bond movie is its theme song, and, as demonstrated on this collection of those songs, there is a remarkable consistency to them. 1962's Dr. No, the first Bond film, featured Monty Norman's "James Bond Theme," a distinctive instrumental piece that has figured in every Bond picture since and that leads off the disc. But with the second entry in the series, 1963's From Russia With Love, there was a specially written title song sung by a contemporary pop artist during the opening credits. And as of the third entry, 1964's Goldfinger, that song, as often as not, would become a hit. Shirley Bassey's melodramatic performance of "Goldfinger" remains a standard for Bond themes, but, just as the films have been subtly updated through the years, so the theme songs have reflected changes in pop music. Echoes and approximations of Norman's theme turn up over and over as a basis for the songs, even though they make room for individual interpretation. For example, Gladys Knight's "License to Kill" from 1989 may be an '80s power ballad complete with synthesizer accompaniment, but it still uses familiar orchestral elements. And some of the least-characteristic songs are also some of the most successful. Carly Simon's "Nobody Does It Better" doesn't even use a film title, yet it is one of the better-remembered theme songs. Many of the artists who sing the songs are pop footnotes (a-ha, Sheena Easton), but they were hot when they were asked to participate, and their performances hold up. [Originally released in 1999, the album was reissued in a 40th anniversary edition in 2002 containing three additional tracks, one of which was Garbage's theme song for The World Is Not Enough and another, Moby's electronica-styled reconstruction of the original theme. It was reissued again in 2008 with Madonna's contribution to 2002's Die Another Day and Soundgarden/Audioslave front man Chris Cornell's "You Know My Name" from 2006's Casino Royale, the first film to feature Daniel Craig as James Bond.]

Product Details

Release Date:
09/17/2002
Label:
Emi Europe Generic
UPC:
0724354055423
catalogNumber:
5405542

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Performance Credits

Shirley Bassey   Track Performer
a-ha   Track Performer
Rita Coolidge   Track Performer
Duran Duran   Track Performer
Sheena Easton   Track Performer
Gladys Knight   Track Performer
Paul McCartney   Track Performer
Carly Simon   Track Performer
Tina Turner   Track Performer
Tom Jones   Track Performer
Nancy Sinatra   Track Performer
Lulu   Track Performer
Matt Monro   Track Performer
Sheryl Crow   Track Performer
Louis Armstrong   Track Performer
Wings   Track Performer
John Barry & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Monty Norman Orchestra   Track Performer
Pierce Brosnan   Dialogue

Technical Credits

a-ha   Producer
Duran Duran   Producer
Starr Parodi   Producer
Moby   Producer,Engineer
Bernard Edwards   Producer
George Martin   Producer
Lionel Bart   Composer
Bill Conti   Producer
John Barry   Arranger,Composer,Producer
David Arnold   Producer
Paul Atkinson   Producer,Executive Producer
Don Black   Composer
Bono   Executive Producer
Leslie Bricusse   Composer
Jason Corsaro   Producer
Hal David   Composer
Wes Farrell   Producer
Mitchell Froom   Producer
Peter Grant   Art Direction
Richard Hewson   Arranger
Nellee Hooper   Producer
Narada Michael Walden   Producer
Anthony Newley   Composer
Monty Norman   Composer
Cheryl Pawelski   Producer
Richard Perry   Producer
Steve Rosenthal   Engineer
Garbage   Producer
Jonathan Watkins   Producer
Walter Afanasieff   Producer
Mark Chalecki   Engineer
Kevin Flaherty   Producer
Danny Biederman   Liner Notes
Marc Rashba   Executive Producer
Darren Wong   Art Direction
Herb Agner   Executive Producer

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