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on 10 November 2015
This is the only Bond music compilation you will ever need, and the main reason is simply because it collates all of the NON-commercial tracks alongside the popular Bond movie themes, which everyone knows and already loves. Essentially, the genius of John Barry and his Orchestra is given full exposure here and this is what makes this compilation far better than any other equivalent.

Despite what some reviewers are saying due to it's release date (2012), this collection is NOT worse off for missing recent movie themes such as Adele's "Skyfall". The reason is because many of these recent themes have lost their way anyway. Anything from Tina Turner's "GoldenEye" onwards are tacky, cliché and play to a predictable commercial formula, with perhaps Madonna's Die "Another Day" at the bottom of that pile. The only exception is Chris Cornell's "You Know My Name", which at least incorporates some Bond melodies but with a heavier and original edge.

Go, instead, back in time to the original Bond themes on disc 1 of this 2-part set (23 tracks on disc 1; 27 tracks on disc 2)and you will see exactly what I mean. "From Russia With Love", "You Only Live Twice", "Goldfinger" and "Thunderball" are all classics in their own musical right, all underpinned by John Barry's superb orchestration. Focusing on Barry and his single-handed creation of "spy genre music" for a moment, pick out "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" on disc 1, then on disc 2 "007", "Switching the Body" and "Capsule in Space". For those that remember Propellerheads and David Arnold's excellent rendition of the former and the latter themes, mixed together in the 90s, these are the origin points for these great ideas. (Arnold's "Vesper" and "Time to Get Out" from Casino Royale are both included here on disc 2, as is Moby's "James Bond Theme Re-Version"). All of the motifs we associate with Bond movies today come from these great musical interludes, and it is for that reason that the emphasis on John Barry on disc 2 makes this the better of the 2 discs in the set.

Topping the list of well-known themes on disc 1, however, must be "Licence to Kill" by the spectacular Gladys Knight, closely followed by Carly Simon's "Nobody Does it Better" and Lulu's "Man with the Golden Gun". One benefit to the listener of the 50-year popularity of Bond movies is that the accompanying music tracks popular trends over time. "Live and Let Die" by Wings and "The Man with the Golden Gun" show distinct 70s undercurrents, whilst you are slammed right into the 80s with Duran Duran's "View to a Kill" and A-Ha's "The Living Daylights".

I could continue heaping on further praise for this compilation, but for approximately £5 plus postage from your pocket money, you can find this all out for yourselves.
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on 7 May 2016
The very popular film adaptations of Ian Fleming’s secret agent novels have created some magical musical moments. Some of them - such as Shirley Bassey’s ‘Diamonds Are Forever’ are camper than a row of pink tents. Others – like Paul McCartney & Wings’ George Martin-produced rocker ‘Live And Let Die’ – are more bombastic than a 21-gun salute. A few of the other choices have managed to reflect the mediocrity of the film they are soundtracking better than any budding Barry Norman or Pauline Kael could. For instance, who would shell out their hard-earned to see Timothy Dalton’s first outing as 007 having heard fresh-faced Norwegians A-Ha plod along to ‘The Living Daylights’?

This 3rd version of Best Of Bond brings together very nearly all of them, up to and including Jack White and Alicia Keyes theme to 2008’s Quantum Of Solace. The omission of Lani Hall’s ‘Never Say Never Again’ - which marked Sean Connery’s return to the lead role in 1983 – won’t have many asking for their money back. But the decision to order the material chronologically draws attention to the fact the preponderance of true classics was in the 1960s and 1970s, and gives the first CD here a decidedly lopsided feel. Who really wants to hold on for Madonna’s ‘Die Another Day’ and Chris Cornell’s ‘You Know My Name’ having already heard Carly Simon’s million-selling ‘Nobody Does It Better’ and Nancy Sinatra’s much-covered ‘You Only Live Twice’?

The second disc of this 50 track, 50th anniversary celebration also has its faults. Though it is blessed with some excellent instrumentals from key Bond composer John Barry it is hard to decipher the programming logic that connects mid-80s Pretenders songs and Moby’s utterly charmless modernisation of the original theme, with Scott Walker’s self-loathing torch song ‘Only Myself To Blame’ and Diana Coupland’s calypso ‘Under The Mango Tree’. Don’t know if the likes of composer Bill Conti's lyrically banal ‘Make It Last All Night’ really live up to the title either.
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on 8 November 2012
This 22 track music album is brilliant. It has all the Bond songs on it from Dr No to Quantum of Solace. It would have been really perfect if the song for Skyfall had been on it too but it is'nt. I love playing it on my phone when I go for walks or exercising. I'm really in the mood for Bond songs at the minute and have just been to see Skyfall at the cinema. An excellent album. Well worth the money !
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on 11 December 2014
arrived very quickly - well packed - as described - no hassles -
Ok you know what you are going to get. Or do we? only kidding - actually you can see the evolution of the Bond sound. So much so that I guess people will have their favourite eras like their favourite Bond or Doctor.
Obviously there aren't 40 Bond films (are there?) so some of the tracks are the incidental music - again the changes are audible.
T BBC Philharmonic orchestra and a listener vote as to the best Bond Theme EVER came up with a truly ridiculous winner earlier this year. Possibly because most of the voting audience were too young to remember/ appreciate the breath taking older ones. Well they should buy this, give Disc one a bit a bending and behold a world of style and truly captivating music. Everything musical from a punch in the face to the suavest of melodies. It made my drive home an actual pleasure.
ACID TEST: would I buy it again - Yes
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on 6 September 2013
Been waiting for this being a huge fan of James Bond films Amazon you have done it again well done
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on 20 January 2013
I was given this for Christmas 2012 and so far I've only listened to disc one which is great. From Matt Monroe singing "From Russia with love" to Jack White & Alicia Keys singing "Another way to die" there are 23 tracks on disc one including the iconic "James Bond Theme" by The John Barry Orchestra, "We have all the time in the world" sung by Louis Armstrong, "Live and let live" by Paul McCartney & Wings and "Tomorrow Never Dies" by Sheryl Crow, to name just a few. If you enjoy listening to film songs and especially James Bond's you will not be disappointed. Disc two starts with "Dr. No's Fantasy" by The Monty Norman Orchestra and finishes with "Time To Get Out" by David Arnold. 50 tracks in all at an amazing price I recommend this collection.
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on 6 February 2014
OK, this is pretty much like the 40th Bond Anniversary CD, but in addition to the all the familiar Bond themes which are on disc 1, there is disc 2 which has the more incidental Bond tunes, which you wouldn't always hear. The tunes do move pretty quickly, though, on account of the amount of music there is, but I guess that's OK. If you listen carefully some tunes are cropped, like the beginning of Gladys Knight's 'licence to Kill'.

One mark against this impressive anthology - No 'Skyfall' by Adele. Why would you have a 50th Bond Anniversary anthology with no theme track from the Bond film which marked the 50th Anniversary? Such a shame!!
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on 22 May 2013
I don't get this cd. It celebrates fifty years of Bond and on the 50th year we get Skyfall, the best Bond film ever with one of the best theme songs ever. Yet it isn't on this. There's even a space on the girls hip on the front cover where the Skyfall title would fit! It's as if it was made to have it there then someone decided to take it out. I bought this as it seems to be the most complete one we're going to get in a while but being annoyed and a geek, i ended up buying the Adele single and sticking the disc under this one in the case so i could have all the songs together.
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on 12 February 2016
This was a Christmas present but was a great album so I bought it for myself too. I had a James Bond collection on cassette years ago (shows how long ago that must have been) so it brought back loads of memories listening to these great songs back to back again. Plus, there are all the new ones that didn't exist when I had my first copy. I was particularly interested in this edition because of the bonus disc with all the incidental music and additional themes, mostly from John Barry. It is brilliant to hear this music in isolation at last in all their sonic splendour.
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