Various - The Best Of Bond ? James Bond

Year of Release: 2002
Label: Capitol Records
Catalog Number: 40554
Format: CD
Total Time: 68:28:00

The James Bond series of movies has been thrilling audiences in cinemas worldwide since the sixties. Although the music was a secondary pleasure to the visual experience, it certainly provided an additional and memorable element for viewers. The thrill, mystery, and sense of adventure provided by the Bond characters left a lot to the imaginations of young and old alike. Jumping back and forth from steamy hot love scenes to on-the-edge-of-your-seat near death dramatics, there was never a dull moment in the theater or at home when taking in the 007 experience.

This year is the 40th Anniversary for the James Bond series of films. That seems so far fetched by my time perception. Alas, this is just another indicator of my age. Even so, it's a nice feeling to have grown up having fond memories of a majority of the classic films. Bond films provided the ultimate spy vs. villain scenario committed to celluloid. The music always managed to be a star studded affair with the best of the day contributing the most perfectly devised songs as an ongoing backdrop to the action packed films.

My most favorite tunes are "A View To A Kill," by 80's pop darlings Duran Duran, "For Your Eyes Only," by the beautiful and sultry Sheena Easton, and one of many people's favorites for decades now, Paul McCartney, who did a fantastic score of "Live And Let Die." Let it be noted that, although "The Man With The Golden Gun" was a great tune by Lulu, the Alice Cooper version, which is just as good, was unfortunately passed over. I guess there wasn't enough spy and lounge essentials in it to fit into the Bond scheme of things. The only song that seemed totally out of place on this entire collection was Louis Armstrong singing "We Have All The Time In The World." The last two tracks bring Mr. Bond right into the 21st century with a bang. Moby's James Bond Theme From Tomorrow Never Dies and the previously unreleased "James Bond Theme" from the Goldeneye trailer by Parodi and Fair closes out the CD with typical Bond excitement and flair.

You get 22 tracks of essential James Bond music jam packed onto one amazing CD. This has to be the most ultimate set ever conceived. Do yourself a favor and give yourself another treat and pay a visit to the James Bond website, which has several cool downloads of wallpaper and screensavers plus many other goodies and information.

First released in 1992 for the 30th Anniversary of the first film as The Best Of James Bond in single disc and two-disc versions (the second disc w/additional tracks); the single disc version was updated/reissued in 1999, released again in 2002 (for the 40th anniversary; this edition reviewed, with additional tracks), and then again in 2008, with additional tracks (to catch up with more Bond films) with bonus video tracks.

James Bond Theme (from Dr. NO, Monty Norman Orchestra) (1:45) / Goldfinger (from Goldfinger, Shirley Bassey) (2:45) / Nobody Does It Better (from The Spy Who Loved Me, Carly Simon) (3:29) / A View To A Kill (from A View To A Kill, Duran Duran) (3:33) / For Your Eyes Only (from For Your Eyes Only, Sheena Easton) (3:02) / We Have All The Time In The World" (from On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Louis Armstrong) (3:11) / Live And Let Die (from Live And Let Die, Paul McCartney & Wings) (3:11) / All Time High (from Octopussy, Rita Coolidge) (3:01) / The Living Daylights (from The Living Daylights, A-Ha) (4:14) / License To Kill" (from License To Kill, Gladys Knight) (5:13) / From Russia With Love (from From Russia With Love, Matt Monro) (2:32) / Thunderball (from Thunderball, Tom Jones) (3:00) / You Only Live Twice (from You Only Live Twice, Nancy Sinatra) (2:44) / Moonraker (from Moonraker, Shirley Bassey) (3:07) / On Her Majesty's Secret Service (from On Her Majesty's Secret Service, The John Barry Orchestra) (2:31) / The Man With The Golden Gun (from The Man With The Golden Gun, Lulu) (2:33) / Diamonds Are Forever (from Diamonds Are Forever, Shirley Bassey) (2:40) / Goldeneye (from Goldeneye, Tina Turner) (4:46) / Tomorrow Never Dies (from Tomorrow Never Dies, Sheryl Crow) (4:47) / The World Is Not Enough (from The World Is Not Enough, Garbage) (3:57) / James Bond Theme (from Tomorrow Never Dies, Moby) (3:23) /James Bond Theme (Goldeneye Trailer Version) (Parodi / Fair; previously unreleased) (2:24)


Various - The Best Of Bond ? James Bond (2002)

Genre: Various Genres

Origin VA

Added: August 18th 2002
Reviewer: Keith "Muzikman" Hannaleck
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Language: english


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