Paul McCartney & Wings-Live and Let Die
Duran Duran-View to a Kill
Duran Duran-View to a Kill
I second Mofimadness and woudl add the "orginal theme" from Dr No perfromed by John Barry & Co. and also "From Russia With Love".
FWIW - desppiet the racial overtones in Live and Let Die - I still think the apoplectic Louisianna Sheriff that keeps trashing squad cars is one of the funniest sub plots of any of the Bond movies....
"Diamonds Are Forever" (Shriley Bassey) drips with style and class and has always stood out for me among all Bond themes. Also by Shirley Bassey, "Goldfinger" deserves mention as another Bond theme song with great style and class. In fact I believe Ms Bassey is the only recording artist to do the theme song for more than one Bond movie, a testament to her greatness. I cheated and checked Wikipedia. There was a 3rd Bond theme song by her for "Moonraker," which cannot compare to the songs mentioned above.
I cannot imagine any self-respecting audiophile Bond-fan not having all of the original theme music. I thought the Casino Royale theme was pretty well done. I also like the Dr No and FRWL themes. Among covers, there are lots out there, from Din of Inequity's, note above, to my favorite album of Bond music covers, Count Basie's redo of the major tunes out of the first four movies (original album cut in 1964-65 or so, and re-released several years ago) - great big band version.
Whenever I feel that spy-thing coming on, I pull out my trusty old: "The best of James Bond 30th Anniversary edition". A nice 2cd set. It contains two versions of "Mr. Kiss-Kiss Bang Bang". While Dionne Warwick sings a nice song, Shirley Bassey sings it as if she actually had her brains f***** out by Mr.007. Another way of putting it might be that Dionne dated the Roger Moore 007 and Shirley dated the Sean Connery 007.
I have most of the original soundtracks on CD, some are better than others but that is subjective:
My top three tracks are:
#1) The Spy Who Loved Me track #5 Nobody Does It Better (instrumental), you can hear Hamlish really pound on the paino keys, great orchestra, and a sence that this was recorded in a very large high ceiling room.
#2) A View to a Kill track #4 Bond meets Stacey, this is an instrumental cut of A view to a Kill. Incredible dynamics and orchestral arrangement.
#3) The Living Daylights track #5 Kara Meets Bond. You can hear the person playing the flute breathing in between the notes.
All the John Barry scores are great. Shirley Bassey's Goldfinger and the From Russia With Love are two of my favorites. Also, no self-respecting Bond fan/audiophile can be without the soundtrack of Casino Royale, which is still to this day considered one of the best engineered sound recordings in history, for very good reasons. The original release, that is, which I was lucky enough to have found in a bookstore once for almost nothing. I have seen it for $80 in a catalog, and that was probably ten years ago now.
I have soundtracks Diamonds Are Forever, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, and You Only Live Twice. Great stuff.
It's through the the Bond films that I got turned on to Shirley Bassey. She is incredible!
My favorite live version of Goldfinger: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=51Wg6k9cWhM
Maist JB saarndtwacks ur Jack n' Danny, Barry.
(Which iss ter say, shoite.)
Yew wans brazin brass an' greyt recording qualitay o' the Ray Martin oar (ewen bettah) Roland Shaw Orchestra recuts.
Sounds Orchestral Meet James Bond iss a goodun'. Unique coz dems jazzifrys it almaist beyunt rekkernitioon.
Billy Strange Secret Agent Man collection is a guid frow alser.
I have all the lp soundtracks for the Connerey, Moore and Lazenby (On Her Majesties Secret Service) Bond's. Great music, I love Shirley Bassey and Casino is great. I guess Bassey/Goldfinger is my favorite, I love the movies also but you can have the newer ones. Bond ended with Roger Moores exit in my eyes. I have seen all the films after moore and none were very special in my mind. I'll take Goldfinger or Dr. NO. They were so exotic for their time and who's better than Connerey.
Sorry to get off track.