Best of Bond James Bond
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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

Customer Reviews:

  • Rainbow of top artists and best performances !!!
    I generally do not write recommendations but this CD is probably
    the best collection songs ever. The artists span 4 decades of the best ( Louis Armstrong to Moby ). The only complaint with the CD is that jacket spells Matt Monro's name wrong ( Munro ). If you never heard of Matt Monro your are in for a treat... Enjoy !...more info
  • Best of Bond!
    My husband is a James Bond fan & received this CD as a stocking gift on Christmas. He is very pleased with the sound quality, arrangements & selections. A great choice for all Bond film & music fans....more info
  • Best of James Bond by various artists-soundtrack
    Best of Bond James Bond

    The soundtracks of the famous James Bond movies in this CD are sensational and a memorable tribute to 007....more info
  • Best of James Bond (soundtrack)
    I followed all James Bond movies most especially the music associated with it. I really wanted to rate this album as 5 stars but I can't. Why? It's because the album itself is incomplete. Why they omitted 'Never Say Never Again' by Lani Hall. The famed vocalist of Sergio Mendes & Brazil '66. Was the song not suitable enough to be included in the album. I wish they included Miss Hall's version. That's why I ordered recently this particular soundtrack....more info
  • Bond music is great music!
    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.

    We were also told the story of how "We Have All The Time In The World", from "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" was made by Louis Armstrong. Not the actual theme song, it was saved for later in the movie and for the ending credits. But it was to become a huge hit, and fittingly so, albeit 25 years after it was made. Armstrong was retired at the time he was approached and in very poor health but he pulled it off. The song is pure magic and believed to be the last he recorded before he died.

    I could go on and on but this review isn't really about the TV show, it's about this CD. I have to agree though with an earlier viewer that a DVD of how the tunes were made would be a great idea. I would definitely buy it.

    However, on this music CD you get The James Bond Themes from all the movies up to 2002, including contributions from the likes of the iconic John Barry and his orchestra, the equally iconic Shirley Bassey, Carly Simon, Duran Duran, Sheena Easton, Louis Armstrong, Paul McCartney & Wings, Rita Coolige, A-Ha, Gladys Knight, Matt Munro (the UK's answer to Frank Sinatra, apparently), Tom Jones, Nancy Sinatra (Frank reportedly turned the offer down but offered his daughter instead), Lulu, Tina Turner, Sheryl Crow (her song always makes me cry for some inexplicable reason), Garbage and Moby.

    I love most of them and I love this CD. One other movie, "Die Another Day" has been released prior to the current "Casino Royale" and since this compliation was released but as much as I love Madonna, I can live without her contribution. It was one of the least popular unpopular among the critics apparently, though very popular among the under-24s that were polled for the programme. Moby's remake/remix of the theme tune is on here though, thankfully.

    I also agree with another earlier reviewer who suggested it would've been nicer if the songs were arranged on the CD in the order the films were released but after a couple of listens I was prepared to let that go.

    The bottom line is that I think you will enjoy this music if you are a music fan. If you are a James Bond Music fan, you will absolutely love it. If you haven't got it already, that is.

    Five Stars easily.

    PS. The #1 song according to the poll was Shirley Bassey's "Goldfinger". She also scored #2 with "Diamonds are forever" and #3 was the Paul McCartney & Wings hit, "Live And Let Die" (a personal favourite). Although I was surprised that Bassey with in her camp glory would rate so high, I was nonetheless reassured that us Brits do have some taste when it comes to good music.
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  • BondFiend
    I liked the CD, it had some very good songs. I would recommend it to any Bond afficianto....more info
  • The collection to have....
    You're a Bond fan. You love the movies. You love the music. You want to relive those big-screen moments in your car or at home. You also know that the Bond merchandising machine is coming up with new CD collections every time there is a new movie released. So the question is which one to purchase. There are two reasons why this is the one you want:

    1) It has all the classic numbers and the funky remixes of the Bond theme that you loved in the recent Brosnan movies.
    2) It has an extra hidden bonus track: The bonus is that Madonna's appalling Die Another Day theme is NOT on this CD. This won't be true when the next collection is released, as it surely will be.......more info

  • Best of the Lot
    My purchase of this CD was along with two others. Without a doubt, this is first class. The two disc 30th anniversary set is more complete with number of songs, but does not compare in my eyes....more info
  • For your ears only
    If you're a Bond fan, this is a must have, contains all those great songs that start Bond off on his exciting missions, plus many more. So sit back, sip on your Vodka Martini, and listen to Monty Norman's classic score that always accompanies our favorite gentelman spy, Bond...James Bond....more info
  • Satisfied
    Thoroughly satisfied with this CD. Its condition, its packaging were all in tip top shape and the seller sent it quick. One can't ask for more....more info
  • Those Great Bond Songs...
    75% of the tracks on this CD are great. Takes you back to all the first times you saw the new bond film. Great insert, nice CD....more info
  • This Is The One To Get - All Original Artists!
    If you're undecided about which James Bond cd to purchase; you can't go wrong with this compliation. This cd has music from the original artists! There's lots of Bond cd's; but not all of them contain the original music from each movie. This cd is worth it's weight in gold. Each song brings back memories of the movie it was featured in. What are you waiting for? Get it now! ...more info
  • everything I had both wanted and expected
    I am thoroughly satisfied with this CD--it is everything I had both wanted and expected. Its premise is simple: get all the theme songs from the James Bond films on one disc. This is a quote-unquote official release, so it neglects "Never Say Never Again," and the unofficial odd-jobs associated with 007. Although it was released in 2002, for some reason it lacks the Razzie-winning "Die Another Day," which was released that year. And since it was released in 2002, don't expect to find "You know My Name" from "Casino Royale."

    This collection definitely gets Five Stars for including "We Have All the Time In The World." Since this was in Lazenby's solo, we seldom hear it; yet it is one of the best songs to come out of the franchise.

    Like I said, this CD is everything I expected, down to the liner notes. I have only two criticisms. First, the songs are not chronological, so we miss the evolution from the early brassy Rat Pack themes to the toned-down anthems epitomized by "For Your Eyes Only" and then on to the techno/hip-hop lite of the later films. Arraigned the way they are, you get a better overall presentation. Either way you arrange the tracks, you will always have shuffle.

    The second is more of a criticism of the franchise as opposed to the CD (have I mentioned how well I liked the product?). Included are two remixes of the James Bond Dr. No Theme--from Moby and Parodi/Fair. Now a remix by definition is just the same music with an underlaying drum machine, and it is done solely to be played at dance clubs and those annoying subwoofers on wheels--and nothing more. I think this was done to keep up the gala spirit of the film, and also to revamp the franchise for younger audiences

    The problem is that there was nothing wrong with the franchise--the six year hiatus was due to a legal quagmire and the geopolitical shake up associated with the end of the Cold War. So doing remixes like these really do not contribute to the Bond experience. Personally, I thought they were both condescending and obvious.

    (Then again, where else would you put them?)

    So other than these two critiques, I happily recommend this disc for the Bond fan, and for the pleasant memories this music will bring....more info
  • Best of James Bond CD
    Excellent up to date selection of James bond movie soundtracks.
    I walk down memory lane. A must buy for all Bond fans!...more info
  • Must-Have For Any Bond Fan
    "Best of Bond James Bond" is an excellent compilation of the origional theatrical scores up to "The World Is Not Enough". This is a must-buy for any Bond fan. Each track reminds you that each movie score is completely unique while staying completley "Bond". My only grievance would be that the tracks were not set in order of movie release, but great CD overall....more info
  • Great Bond Collection!!
    If you like Bond and the music that goes with the adventure-you'll love this collection! There's even a couple of newer movie tracks added for more fun....more info
  • You don't even have to be a Bond fan to like this. It's great!
    Great compillation of songs from all of the bond movies up to "Tomorrow never dies".

    Great music for all the ages, walks you through many romantic classic songs form the 1960's, 70's, 80's, 90's and this deacde.

    It only lacks songs from "Die another Day" and "Casino Royale", of course, this compilation is fron 2002 and those movies were not out yet.

    I converted all the songs to MP3 to hear though my digital devices, but I still use the CD on my stereo system, because the songs tend to sound better from the CD....more info
  • James Bond by John Barry Title Tracks.
    With this CD you will reexperience each Bond movie with the authentic
    title tracks from the movies. The CD takes you back to each Bond film. Overall and excellent CD....more info
  • Best of the "Best of Bond"
    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."...more info
  • Great Christmas Gift
    My mother is a huge fan of James Bond movies, as well as their soundtracks, so I purchased this collection for her as a Christmas gift, she absolutely loved it. Now, if she wants to hear the theme song for a movie without having to watch the movie itself, she can....more info
  • Where are the missing songs?
    kd Lang is not the only artist to suffer the indignity of having a vastly superior song exiled to the end credits.
    Remember in "Living Daylights" that the Pretenders lovely, languid "If There Was a Man" was stranded at the end while the one of the most embarrassing trendy-pop-trash James Bond themes of all time gets all the glory. The Pretenders' up-tempo, harder-edged "Where Has Everybody Gone" was buried in the middle, heard on the blond assassin milkman's walkman.
    Then, even worse, in 'License to Kill', Patti LaBelle's fantastic "If You Asked Me To" is wasted at the end. Now, no disrespect to the fabulous Gladys Knight, but even she would admit that "If You Asked Me To" is a better song than what she got. Maybe they were intent on having a theme song with a title that's the same as the movie title- but didn't "Nobody Does it Better" show how successful you could be without insisting on a rule like that?
    The "If You Asked Me To" blunder was made 1,000 times worse when Celine Dion had a monster (perhaps I should say monstrous) hit with her remake. Comparing any singer to Ms. LaBelle is unfair, but really- it makes me sick to hear Dion's lame imitation. Ms. LaBelle has more soul in one of her nail tips....more info
  • THE Best of Bond
    The best of Bond- and it sure is.

    All the opening theme songs to most the James Bond movies are here! Great songs performed by some of the best performers, and all are true classics! Of course this collection wouldn't be complete without John Barry's original "James Bond Theme" which is one of the most recognized songs in movie history. As you listen through this entire album, you can truly appreciate the music from each decade and hear how the James Bond songs have evolved over the decades.

    My Faves: Both John Barry's works (the Dr.No original and On Her Majesty's Secret Service), For Your Eyes Only, GoldenEye, The Living Daylights, The World is Not Enough, Diamonds are Forever, Nobody Does it Better, Live & Let Die, & A View to a Kill (Being a fan of Duran Duran of course a fave!)

    One Downside: Just missed Madonna's "Die Another Day."

    Recommended for every Bond fan out there. Even if you're not a Bond fan, I'm sure there is a song or two you may have heard that you liked. Get it!

    The "Mad Mind" has spoken....more info
  • Great Bond Music from the many films
    James Bond films are my favorites. It's a shame MTV does not have an special show of all the Bond themes on video.

    However, on this music CD you get The James Bond Theme, Goldfinger by Shirley Bassey, Nobody Does It Better by Carly Simon, A View to a Kill by Duran Duran, For your Eyes Only by Sheena Easton, We have all the Time in the World by Louis Armstrong, Live and Let Die by Paul McCartheny & Wings, All Time High by Rita Coolidge, The Living Daylights by A-Ha, License to Kill by Gladys Knight, From Russia with Love by Matt Monro, Thunderball by Tom Jones, You Only Live Twice by Nancy Sinatra, Moonraker by Shirley Bassey, an instrumental of On Her Majesty's Secret Service, The Man with the Golden Gun by Lulu, Diamonds are Forever by Shirley Bassey, Goldeneye by Tina Turner, Tomorrow Never Dies by Sheryl Crow, and The World is Not Enough by Garbage. There are two remixes of Bond music put with the CD. This is all pretty good stuff!

    I'm a big fan of half of the songs. So, I love this CD. A typical Bond music fan, like myself, may have paid twice as much to get half of the music. Yes, I like Bond Music that much. Strangely, Madonna's last song isn't on this CD. That does not take from the value.

    But this music is great. I never get tired of hearing the music. Some of the songs, such as License to Kill, is fantastic for easy listening.

    I'm very happy with the music set. I think any James Bond music fan will be happy, too. Face it, if a Bond film is done right we get to see adventure, high style, and watch a great opening music number.

    If an DVD is ever made of the Bond opening numbers you can count on this buyer getting it from Amazon.com.

    However, the bottom line is you will enjoy this music if you are a James Bond Music fan.

    Five Stars. ...more info
  • Fantastic Bond collection . . .
    If you are a fan of James Bond, you'll definitely want this collection of 22 title songs and themes from the Bond movies performed by some of the finest artists of the twentieth century.

    Also comes with a very nice booklet of color photographs and information about each of the movies. Order it today, it's a bargain....more info

  • you won't be disappointed
    I just listen to this compilation over and over again. This is a must-have for Bond fans. Although there are a few songs I would have liked to see (Surrender, from Tomorrow Never Dies, for instance), there really isn't a single dud on the whole CD.

    You definitely won't be disappointed....more info

  • Great Bond Collection!!
    If you like Bond and the music that goes with the adventure-you'll love this collection! There's even a couple of newer movie tracks added for more fun....more info
  • Companion to DIE ANOTHER DAY and other stuff
    THE BEST OF BOND...JAMES BOND is a good companion CD to DIE ANOTHER DAY and a good tribute to James Bond's Fortieth Anniversary to film. It contains 3 versions of the JAMES BOND THEME: the DR. NO soundtrack version, MOBY's version and for the first time the innovative and provocative version heard on the GOLDENEYE trailer. It also contains the main theme from each 007 film and the beautiful and definitive love theme "We Have All the Time in the World" from ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE. My favorite theme song is THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS performed by a-ha that demonstrated a cool detachment that Timothy Dalton brought to the role. I also really like THUNDERBALL performed by Tom Jones, which really typifies the James Bond craze at its pinnacle....more info
  • This CD makes all the other 007 CDs look like [poop]
    The Best Of Bond,James Bond is a great disc.The title of this CD
    really means what it is saying.There are several 007 soundtracks
    but, this is the best.It has every James Bond title song.
    Plus 2 added James Bond themes from GOLDENEYE and TOMORROW NEVER DIES.Just buy this CD.You will like it....more info
  • Best of "The Best of Bond"
    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 digitally 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."...more info
  • The CD for the Bond fanatic!
    This CD has every song that a Bond fan would ever want! From the Bond theme to TWINE! A must have! ...more info