THE STORY SO FAR:
22 tracks of the Best of Bond from the James Bond movies! Includes classic detective spy music like’James Bond Theme’ [from Dr. No] with the John Barry & His Orchestra, ‘Goldfinger’ by Shirley Bassey , ‘Nobody Does It Better’ [From The Spy Who Loved Me] by Carly Simon, ‘View to a Kill’ by Duran Duran, ‘For Your Eyes Only ‘ by Sheena Easton, ‘We Have All the Time in the World’ [From on Her Majesty’s Secret …] by Louis Armstrong, ‘Live and Let Die’ by Paul McCartney & Wings, ‘All Time High’ [From Octopussy] by Rita Coolidge, Lulu, ‘Living Daylights’by Aha, ‘Licence to Kill’ [From Licence to Kill] by Gladys Knight, ‘From Russia With Love’ by Matt Monro, ‘Thunderball’ by Tom Jones and more surprises!
There are plenty of classic songs on the disc to be sure: The James Bond Theme, Goldfinger, We Have All the Time in the World, Live and Let Die, Nobody Does It Better. On the other hand, it has Die Another Day and The Man with the Golden Gun. Your mileage may vary with half of the theme songs. All those interested in the disc will know the songs, so there’s not much point in critiquing them.
|1. James Bond Theme – Norman, M.|
|2. From Russia with Love – Bart, L.|
|3. Goldfinger – Newley, A.|
|4. Thunderball – Barry, J.|
|5. You Only Live Twice – Barry, J.|
|6. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service – Barry, J.|
|7. We Have All the Time in the World – Barry, J.|
|8. Diamonds Are Forever – Barry, J.|
|9. Live and Let Die – McCartney, P.|
|10. The Man with the Golden Gun – Barry, J.|
|11. Nobody Does It Better – Bayer-Sager, C.|
|12. Moonraker – Barry, J.|
|13. For Your Eyes Only – Conti, B.|
|14. All Time High – Rice, T.|
|15. A View to a Kill – Taylor, A.|
|16. The Living Daylights – Barry, J.|
|17. Licence to Kill – Cohen, J.|
|18. Goldeneye – Hewson, P.|
|19. Tomorrow Never Dies – Crow, S.|
|20. Surrender – Arnold, D.|
Bond movies have very much been a bell weather of popular music. They tend not to feature the current top 10 band or singer, but rather people who are influential in the music industry, and people with heart and soul. The CD and digital album both feature 23 musical standouts from the Bond movie series plus a previously unreleased bonus track, five music videos, and a filmed concert performance. Over the years many influential musicians have been bonded.
The very early movies featured perennials such as Matt Monro, Shirley Bassey, Tom Jones, and Louis Armstrong.
The 70s saw a move to more cutting edge musicians. At this point I will say what I always say about the Beatles, and no doubt rile up thousands of readers in the process. The only one that had any real ability is Paul McCartney, and when he teamed with Linda and formed Wings, a truly awesome band was formed, and it was Wings that played the theme for Live And Let Die. Carley Simon entered center stage with Nobody Does It Better.
The CD is a fun collection of the greatest James Bond themes. Well, it’s all of the official ones. I wish that more effort would’ve been placed on getting the discarded themes included with the set. There are alternate themes for everything from Thunderball to The World is Not Enough out there. Still, this is a great set with a fun DVD-Rom portion that brings you into the world of Bond. It’s highly recommended for everyone that’s waiting for “Quantum of Solace”.
- Final Score: 97% – A