The Bond Collection
|The Bond Collection|
|Studio album by Shirley Bassey|
|Shirley Bassey chronology|
|Bassey Sings Bond|
Issued on Tring Records
The Bond Collection, aka Bassey Sings Bond, is a 1987 studio album by Shirley Bassey, notable for having been released without the artist's consent, and subsequently withdrawn from sales by court order.
In early 1987 Bassey announced that she was planning to record an album of James Bond themes. The album was due for release 1987 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Dr. No. She promoted it on the television show "Live At The Palladium" on May 3, 1987, where she lip-synched "A View to a Kill" and also performed a James Bond medley.
Bassey decided not to release the album, for reasons that remain unclear (it is believed that she was not satisfied with the quality of the recording). However, five years later, the album was released, against Bassey's wishes, by the ICON Records label on September 20, 1992 as The Bond Collection, and again by TRING Records on January 10th 1994 as Bassey Sings Bond. Bassey sued in court, and on May 5, 1995 a permanent injunction was obtained against Icon Entertainment to prevent further manufacture or sales of the album. All existing unsold copies were withdrawn from sale, and the CDs are now scarce. There were no singles issued from this album.
A new album "Bassey Sings Bond" with new recordings of Bond songs was recorded for EMI and was to be released at the end of 2002. Again this project ran into problems shortly after recording and it has not been released.
- "A View to a Kill" (Duran Duran, John Barry) (from the 1985 A View to a Kill soundtrack, original recording by Duran Duran)
- "Nobody Does it Better" (Marvin Hamlisch, Carole Bayer Sager) (from the 1977 The Spy Who Loved Me soundtrack, original recording by Carly Simon)
- "From Russia with Love" (Lionel Bart) (from the 1963 From Russia With Love soundtrack, original recording by Matt Monro)
- "We Have All the Time in the World" (John Barry, Hal David) (from the 1969 On Her Majesty's Secret Service soundtrack, original recording by Louis Armstrong)
- "You Only Live Twice" (John Barry, Leslie Bricusse) (from the 1967 You Only Live Twice soundtrack, original recording by Nancy Sinatra)
- "Diamonds Are Forever" (Don Black, John Barry) (from the 1971 Diamonds Are Forever soundtrack, original recording by Shirley Bassey)
- "Live and Let Die" (Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney) (from the 1973 Live and Let Die soundtrack, original recording by Paul McCartney & Wings)
- "Moonraker" (John Barry, Hal David) (from the 1979 Moonraker soundtrack, original recording by Shirley Bassey)
- "For You Eyes Only" (Bill Conti, Mick Leeson) (from the 1981 For Your Eyes Only soundtrack, original recording by Sheena Easton)
- "All Time High" (John Barry, Tim Rice) (from the 1983 Octopussy soundtrack, original recording by Rita Coolidge)
- "Thunderball" (Don Black, John Barry) (from the 1965 Thunderball soundtrack, original recording by Tom Jones)
- "Goldfinger" (John Barry, Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley) (from the 1964 Goldfinger soundtrack, original recording by Shirley Bassey)
- Bassey v. Icon Entertainment plc (1995) EMLR 596
- Bassey v. Icon CH 1994 B No.425