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

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Barnes & Noble - Andrew Velez
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," ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Andrew Velez
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.
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.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/17/2002
  • Label: Emi Europe Generic
  • UPC: 724354055423
  • Catalog Number: 5405542
  • Sales rank: 72,072

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 James Bond Theme - Monty Orchestra Norman (1:47)
  2. 2 Goldfinger - Shirley Bassey (2:49)
  3. 3 Nobody Does It Better - Carly Simon (3:29)
  4. 4 A View to a Kill - Duran Duran (3:35)
  5. 5 For Your Eyes Only - Sheena Easton (3:04)
  6. 6 We Have All the Time in the World - Louis Armstrong (3:15)
  7. 7 Live and Let Die - Paul McCartney & Wings (3:14)
  8. 8 All Time High - Lulu (3:03)
  9. 9 The Living Daylights - a-ha (4:15)
  10. 10 Licence to Kill - Gladys Knight (5:15)
  11. 11 From Russia With Love - Matt Monro (2:35)
  12. 12 Thunderball - Tom Jones (3:03)
  13. 13 You Only Live Twice - Nancy Sinatra (2:46)
  14. 14 Moonraker - Shirley Bassey (3:09)
  15. 15 On Her Majesty's Secret Service - John Barry (2:35)
  16. 16 The Man With the Golden Gun - Lulu (2:35)
  17. 17 Diamonds Are Forever - Shirley Bassey (2:42)
  18. 18 Goldeneye - Tina Turner (3:30)
  19. 19 Tomorrow Never Dies - Sheryl Crow (4:52)
  20. 20 The World Is Not Enough - Garbage (3:56)
  21. 21 James Bond Theme - Moby (3:23)
  22. 22 James Bond Theme - Porodi-Fair (2:21)
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Album Credits

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
Bob Norberg Remastering
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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Nice collection of titles

    This is one cool 007 album. It has all the good composers like John Barry, Michael Kamen and Eric Serra. It also has good singers like Tom Jones, Duran Duran, Gladys Knight and Shirley Bassey. Overall, a bond favorite

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