The Best of Bond...James Bond

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The Best of Bond...James Bond
Original 1992 release cover (30th anniversary)
Soundtrack album from the James Bond films by Various Artists
Released 1992
Recorded 1962–1989
Genre Soundtrack
Length 58:17
Label Capitol, MGM Music
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars 1992
Allmusic [no rating] 1999
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars 2002

The Best of Bond...James Bond is the title of various compilation albums of music used in the James Bond films made by Eon Productions up to that time. It was originally released in 1992 as The Best of James Bond, as a one-disc compilation and a two-disc 30th Anniversary Limited Edition compilation with songs that had, at that point, never been released to the public. The single disc compilation was updated in 1999, 2002, 2008, and most recently 2012.[1] The 2008 version was augmented with the addition of a DVD featuring music videos and a documentary. Another two-disc edition, this time containing 50 tracks for the 50th anniversary of the franchise, was released in 2012.[2]

30th Anniversary Collection[edit]

The 30th Anniversary Collection of The Best of James Bond was released in 1992. It featured 19 tracks including 16 title songs for the 16 films that had thus far been released.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "James Bond Theme" by Monty Norman Orchestra
  2. "Goldfinger" by Shirley Bassey
  3. "Nobody Does It Better" by Carly Simon
  4. "A View to a Kill" by Duran Duran
  5. "Mr. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" by Dionne Warwick
  6. "For Your Eyes Only" by Sheena Easton
  7. "We Have All the Time in the World" by Louis Armstrong
  8. "Live and Let Die" by Paul McCartney & Wings
  9. "All Time High" by Rita Coolidge
  10. "The Living Daylights" by a-ha
  11. "Licence to Kill" by Gladys Knight
  12. "From Russia with Love" by Matt Monro
  13. "Thunderball" by Tom Jones
  14. "You Only Live Twice" by Nancy Sinatra
  15. "Moonraker" by Shirley Bassey
  16. "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" by John Barry Orchestra
  17. "The Man with the Golden Gun" by Lulu
  18. "Diamonds Are Forever" by Shirley Bassey
  19. "007" by John Barry Orchestra


A limited 2-disc edition, released in the US only, reshuffles the tracks, sorting chronologically the 16 title songs on disc 1, the three remaining tracks appearing on disc 2. It also includes four tracks that were originally missing from Goldfinger's soundtrack (US release), although these four were included in the remastered soundtrack for Goldfinger in 2003 and appeared on the British LP in the 1960s. The "Thunderball Suite", was likewise not released on the Thunderball soundtrack until it was split up and used on the remastered release in 2003, along with extra unreleased music.

Two rare additions were also made to the second disc. The first is the original version of "Goldfinger" sung by Anthony Newley who also wrote the song in collaboration with the film's composer, John Barry. Newley's jazz version was, however, replaced by Shirley Bassey's version in 1964 for the film and for release on the album. Newley's version was first released with the 30th Anniversary Collection. The second rare addition is Shirley Bassey's version of "Mr. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" for Thunderball. Bassey had originally recorded the vocals for the track which initially was to be used as the main title theme; however, the song was replaced by Tom Jones' "Thunderball" after a decision by the producers that the title theme should feature the name of the film. Dionne Warwick was subsequently chosen to rerecord "Mr. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang", but even her version wasn't released on the Thunderball soundtrack till the 1990s.

Track listing (limited edition)[edit]

Disc one[edit]

  1. "James Bond Theme" by Monty Norman Orchestra
  2. "From Russia with Love" by Matt Monro
  3. "Goldfinger" by Shirley Bassey
  4. "Thunderball" by Tom Jones
  5. "You Only Live Twice" by Nancy Sinatra
  6. "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" by John Barry Orchestra
  7. "Diamonds Are Forever" by Shirley Bassey
  8. "Live and Let Die" by Paul McCartney & Wings
  9. "The Man with the Golden Gun" by Lulu
  10. "Nobody Does It Better" by Carly Simon
  11. "Moonraker" by Shirley Bassey
  12. "For Your Eyes Only" by Sheena Easton
  13. "All Time High" by Rita Coolidge
  14. "A View to a Kill" by Duran Duran
  15. "The Living Daylights" by a-ha
  16. "Licence to Kill" by Gladys Knight

Disc two[edit]

  1. "James Bond Theme" by John Barry Orchestra
  2. "007" by John Barry Orchestra
  3. "Goldfinger" by Anthony Newley (demo)
  4. "Pussy Galore's Flying Circus" John Barry (Goldfinger)
  5. "Golden Girl" by John Barry (Goldfinger)
  6. "Death of Tilley" by John Barry (Goldfinger)
  7. "The Laser Beam" by John Barry (Goldfinger)
  8. "Mr. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" by Dionne Warwick
  9. "Thunderball Suite" by John Barry (Thunderball)
  10. "Mr. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" by Shirley Bassey (original recording)
  11. "You Only Live Twice" by Julie Rogers (demo version)[1]
  12. "You Only Live Twice" by (radio spot)
  13. "We Have All the Time in the World" by Louis Armstrong
  14. "Thunderball" by (radio spot)
  15. "Live and Let Die" by (radio spot)

1999 release[edit]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "James Bond Theme" - John Barry & Orchestra
  2. "Goldfinger" - Shirley Bassey
  3. "Nobody Does it Better" - Carly Simon
  4. "A View to a Kill" - Duran Duran
  5. "For Your Eyes Only" - Sheena Easton
  6. "We Have All the Time in the World" - Louis Armstrong
  7. "Live and Let Die" - Paul McCartney & Wings
  8. "All Time High" - Rita Coolidge
  9. "The Living Daylights" - a-ha
  10. "Licence to Kill" - Gladys Knight
  11. "From Russia With Love" - Matt Monro
  12. "Thunderball" - Tom Jones
  13. "You Only Live Twice" - Nancy Sinatra
  14. "Moonraker" - Shirley Bassey
  15. "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" - John Barry & Orchestra
  16. "The Man With The Golden Gun" - Lulu
  17. "Diamonds Are Forever" - Shirley Bassey
  18. "GoldenEye" - Tina Turner
  19. "Tomorrow Never Dies" - Sheryl Crow

2002 release[edit]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "James Bond Theme" - John Barry & Orchestra
  2. "Goldfinger" - Shirley Bassey
  3. "Nobody Does It Better" - Carly Simon
  4. "A View to a Kill" - Duran Duran
  5. "For Your Eyes Only" - Sheena Easton
  6. "We Have All the Time in the World" - Louis Armstrong
  7. "Live and Let Die" - Paul McCartney & Wings
  8. "All Time High" - Rita Coolidge
  9. "The Living Daylights" - a-ha
  10. "Licence to Kill" - Gladys Knight
  11. "From Russia With Love" - Matt Monro
  12. "Thunderball" - Tom Jones
  13. "You Only Live Twice" - Nancy Sinatra
  14. "Moonraker" - Shirley Bassey
  15. "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" - The John Barry Orchestra
  16. "The Man With The Golden Gun" - Lulu
  17. "Diamonds Are Forever" - Shirley Bassey
  18. "GoldenEye" - Tina Turner
  19. "Tomorrow Never Dies" - Sheryl Crow
  20. "The World Is Not Enough" - Garbage
  21. "James Bond Theme (Moby's Re-Version)" - Moby
  22. "James Bond Theme (GoldenEye Trailer Version) - Starr Parodi & Jeff Eden Fair (previously unreleased)

2008 release[edit]

Track listing[edit]

Disc one (CD)[edit]

  1. "James Bond Theme" - John Barry & Orchestra
  2. "From Russia with Love" - Matt Monro
  3. "Goldfinger" - Shirley Bassey
  4. "Thunderball" - Tom Jones
  5. "You Only Live Twice" - Nancy Sinatra
  6. "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" - The John Barry Orchestra
  7. "We Have All the Time in the World" - Louis Armstrong
  8. "Diamonds are Forever" - Shirley Bassey
  9. "Live and Let Die" - Paul McCartney & Wings
  10. "The Man with the Golden Gun" - Lulu
  11. "Nobody Does it Better" - Carly Simon
  12. "Moonraker" - Shirley Bassey
  13. "For Your Eyes Only" - Sheena Easton
  14. "All Time High" - Rita Coolidge
  15. "A View to a Kill" - Duran Duran
  16. "The Living Daylights" - a-ha
  17. "Licence to Kill" - Gladys Knight
  18. "GoldenEye" - Tina Turner
  19. "Tomorrow Never Dies" - Sheryl Crow
  20. "Surrender" - k.d. lang
  21. "The World is Not Enough" - Garbage
  22. "Die Another Day" - Madonna
  23. "You Know My Name" - Chris Cornell (previously unreleased film version)
  24. "James Bond Theme" - John Arnold (Bonus Track, Previously Unreleased)

Disc two (DVD)[edit]

  1. "A View to A Kill" - Duran Duran
  2. "For Your Eyes Only" - Sheena Easton
  3. "GoldenEye" - Tina Turner
  4. "The Living Daylights" - A-Ha
  5. "All Time High" - Rita Coolidge
  6. "Goldfinger" - Shirley Bassey (Live at Royal Albert Hall, 1974)
  7. Documentary: "The Music of James Bond"

2012 release[edit]

The single-disc edition[1] is identical to disc one of the two-disc edition.[2]

Track listing[edit]

Disc one[edit]

  1. "James Bond Theme" - John Barry Orchestra
  2. "From Russia with Love" - Matt Monro
  3. "Goldfinger" - Shirley Bassey
  4. "Thunderball" - Tom Jones
  5. "You Only Live Twice" - Nancy Sinatra
  6. "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" - John Barry Orchestra
  7. "We Have All the Time in the World" - Louis Armstrong
  8. "Diamonds are Forever" - Shirley Bassey
  9. "Live and Let Die" - Paul McCartney & Wings
  10. "The Man with the Golden Gun" - Lulu
  11. "Nobody Does it Better" - Carly Simon
  12. "Moonraker" - Shirley Bassey
  13. "For Your Eyes Only" - Sheena Easton
  14. "All Time High" - Rita Coolidge
  15. "A View to a Kill" - Duran Duran
  16. "The Living Daylights" - a-ha
  17. "Licence to Kill" - Gladys Knight
  18. "GoldenEye" - Tina Turner
  19. "Tomorrow Never Dies" - Sheryl Crow
  20. "The World is Not Enough" - Garbage
  21. "Die Another Day" - Madonna
  22. "You Know My Name" - Chris Cornell
  23. "Another Way To Die" - Jack White & Alicia Keys

Disc two[edit]

  1. "Dr. No's Fantasy" - Monty Norman Orchestra
  2. "Under the Mango Tree" - Diana Coupland
  3. "007" - John Barry Orchestra
  4. "Opening Titles: James Bond Is Back/From Russia with Love/James Bond Theme" - John Barry Orchestra (From Russia with Love)
  5. "Into Miami" - John Barry Orchestra
  6. "The Laser Beam" - John Barry Orchestra
  7. "Mr. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" - Shirley Bassey
  8. "Switching the Body" - John Barry Orchestra
  9. "Capsule in Space" - John Barry Orchestra
  10. "Do You Know How Christmas Trees Are Grown?" - Nina
  11. "Bond Smells a Rat" - John Barry Orchestra
  12. "Fillet of Soul – New Orleans/Live and Let Die/Fillet of Soul – Harlem" - George Martin Orchestra featuring B. J. Arnau
  13. "Underground Lair" - George Martin Orchestra
  14. "Hip's Trip" - John Barry Orchestra
  15. "The Pyramids" - Marvin Hamlisch
  16. "Cable Car and Snake Fight" - John Barry Orchestra
  17. "Make It Last All Night" - Bill Conti featuring Rage
  18. "The Chase Bomb Theme" - John Barry Orchestra
  19. "Snow Job" - John Barry Orchestra
  20. "Where Has Everybody Gone" - The Pretenders (The Living Daylights)
  21. "If There Was a Man" - The Pretenders
  22. "The Experience of Love" - Éric Serra
  23. "James Bond Theme (Moby's Re-Version)" - Moby (Tomorrow Never Dies)
  24. "Surrender" - k.d. lang
  25. "Only Myself to Blame" - Scott Walker
  26. "Vesper" - David Arnold
  27. "Time to Get Out" - David Arnold

Compilation catalog numbers[edit]

  1. 1992 Cassette Tape: EMI Records USA 0777 7 98413 4 9
  2. 1992 CD: EMI Records USA 0777 7 98413 2 5
  3. 2008 CD: Capitol Records/MGM Music 50999 243352 25
  4. 2012 single CD: Capitol Records/MGM Music 50999 232817 21[1]
  5. 2012 double CD: Capitol Records/MGM Music 50999 232818 20[2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Best of Bond... James Bond (50th Anniversary Collection): Music". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2014-06-06. 
  2. ^ a b c "Best Of James Bond 50th Anniversary (2 CD): Music". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2014-06-06.