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The Music of James Bond$

Jon Burlingame

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199863303

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199863303.001.0001

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(p.259) Appendix 1: James Bond Scores on LP and CD

(p.259) Appendix 1: James Bond Scores on LP and CD

The Music of James Bond
Oxford University Press

Music written for the Bond films, as most of the composers will tell you, is best heard as a part of the films for which they were written. At the same time, the best film music is that which not only serves the film but also proves to be a compelling listening experience on its own—and many Bond scores are just that.

This is a listener’s guide to the original soundtrack albums. For historical and informational purposes we have listed the original LPs (issued at the time of the film release, between 1962 and 1989 in the United States and U.K.). Numbers indicate the stereo releases (although the monaural American Thunderball has an interesting history, and we have noted that). Because so many of the compact disc releases of these films have been expanded to include more music, we have listed only the most recent, expanded editions. CD listings for films released from 1995 to 2008 are the original soundtrack releases. All except one (Casino Royale, 2006) contain the title songs; in that sole case we have also noted the CD single that featured the song.

  • Dr. No (Monty Norman)

    • LP: United Artists SULP 1097 (U.K.), UAS 5108 (U.S.)

    • CD: EMI-Capitol 72435-80890-2-8

  • From Russia with Love (Lionel Bart, John Barry)

    • LP: United Artists SULP 1052 (U.K.), UAS 5116 (U.S.)

    • CD: EMI-Capitol 72435-80588-2-6

  • Goldfinger (John Barry)

    • LP: United Artists SULP 1076 (U.K., four more score tracks than U.S. release), UAS 5117 (U.S., has instrumental version of theme missing from U.K. version)

    • CD: EMI-Capitol 72435-80891-2-7

  • Thunderball (John Barry)

    • LP: United Artists SULP 1110 (U.K.), UAS 5132 (U.S., although the monaural album, UAL 4132, has a different “Mr. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang” than the stereo version)

    • CD: EMI-Capitol 72435-80589-2-5

  • (p.260) Casino Royale (1967, Burt Bacharach)

    • LP: RCA Victor RD 7874 (U.K.), Colgems COSO 5005 (U.S.)

    • CD: Kritzerland KR 20017-6; Quartet QRSCE 037 (expanded)

  • You Only Live Twice (John Barry)

    • LP: United Artists SULP 1171 (U.K.), UAS 5155 (U.S.)

    • CD: EMI-Capitol 72435-41418-2-9

  • On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (John Barry)

    • LP: United Artists UAS 29020 (U.K.), UAS 5204 (U.S.)

    • CD: EMI-Capitol 72435-41419-2-8

  • Diamonds Are Forever (John Barry)

    • LP: United Artists UAS 29216 (U.K.), UAS 5220 (U.S.)

    • CD: EMI-Capitol 72435-41420-2-4

  • Live and Let Die (Paul McCartney, George Martin)

    • LP: United Artists UAS 29475 (U.K.), UA-LA100G (U.S.)

    • CD: EMI-Capitol 72435-41421-2-3

  • The Man with the Golden Gun (John Barry)

    • LP: United Artists UAS 29671 (U.K.), UA-LA358-G (U.S.)

    • CD: EMI-Capitol 72435-41424-2-0

  • The Spy Who Loved Me (Marvin Hamlisch)

    • LP: United Artists UAG 30098 (U.K.), UA-LA774-H (U.S.)

    • CD: EMI-Capitol 72435-41469-2-3

  • Moonraker (John Barry)

    • LP: United Artists UAG 30247 (U.K.), UA-LA971-1 (U.S.)

    • CD: EMI-Capitol 72435-41469-2-3

  • For Your Eyes Only (Bill Conti)

    • LP: Liberty LBG 30337 (U.K.), LOO-1109 (U.S.)

    • CD: EMI-Capitol 72435-41449-2-9

  • Octopussy (John Barry)

    • LP: A&M AMLX 64967 (U.K.), SP 4967 (U.S.)

    • CD: EMI-Capitol 72435-41450-2-5

  • Never Say Never Again (Michel Legrand)

    • LP: Seven Seas K28P 4122 (Japan)

    • CD: Silva Screen FILMCD 145

  • (p.261) A View to a Kill (John Barry)

    • LP: Parlophone EJ 24 0349 1 (U.K.), Capitol SJ 14123 (U.S.)

    • CD: EMI-Capitol 72435-41448-2-0

  • The Living Daylights (John Barry)

    • LP: Warner Bros. WX 111 (U.K.), 25616-1 (U.S.)

    • CD: EMI-Capitol 72435-41451-2-4

  • Licence to Kill (Michael Kamen)

    • LP: MCA 6307 (U.K. and U.S.)

    • CD: MCA MCAD 6307

  • GoldenEye (Eric Serra)

    • CD: Virgin 7243 8 41048 2 5

  • Tomorrow Never Dies (David Arnold)

    • CD: A&M 31454 0830 2 (contains Sheryl Crow, k.d. lang vocals but less score); Chapter III CHA 0125 (missing the vocals but contains more score and composer interview)

  • The World Is Not Enough (David Arnold)

    • CD: MCA 088 112101-2

  • Die Another Day (David Arnold)

    • CD: Warner Bros. 48348-2

  • Casino Royale (2006, David Arnold)

    • CD: Chris Cornell song, Suretone/Interscope 060251718880; score, Sony Classical 88697-02369-2; additional score excerpts on iTunes

  • Quantum of Solace (David Arnold)

    • CD: J Records 88697-37089-2

Other notable Bond-related albums:

    • Great Movie Sounds of John Barry (1966)

    • LP: CBS SBPG 62402 (U.K.), Columbia CS 9293 (U.S)

Barry recorded several collections that included Bond themes, but this—with “From Russia with Love,” “Goldfinger” and “Thunderball”—features what may be his most powerful arrangement of the “James Bond Theme.” It was reissued on several CD collections including The Music of John Barry (Sony 476750 2), which contains generous excerpts from all three of his 1960s Columbia collections and their many new arrangements of Bond themes, among them “007” and “Mr. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.”

  • The Concert John Barry (1972)

    • (p.262) LP: Polydor 2383 156. CD: Universal France 532 720 2

This album preserved the symphonic arrangements that Barry created for a London concert with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Included is his 18-minute “James Bond Suite,” with “Goldfinger,” the “Bond Theme,” “From Russia with Love,” “Thunderball,” “007,” “You Only Live Twice,” “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” and “Diamonds Are Forever.”

  • The Best of James Bond 30th Anniversary Limited Edition (1992)

    • CDs: EMI Records USA 0777-7-98560-2 2

A must-have for Bond fans, this two-CD set contains the usual collection of Bond title songs (through “Licence to Kill”) but adds a second disc of previously unavailable music, including the four U.K. Goldfinger tracks, an extra 21 minutes from the Thunderball score, early demos of “Goldfinger” and “You Only Live Twice,” and especially the unused “Mr. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang” vocals from Thunderball by Dionne Warwick and Shirley Bassey.

  • Moviola (1992) and Moviola II: Action and Adventure (1995)

    • CDs: Epic EK 52985, 66401.

Barry revisited “We Have All the Time in the World” on the first disc and “All Time High” on the second, both with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. On the second, he also performed a new version of the “James Bond Suite.”

  • Bond Back in Action (1999) and Bond Back in Action 2 (2000)

    • CDs: Silva Screen SSD 1100, 1119.

Veteran Barry orchestrator Nic Raine conducted the City of Prague Philharmonic in these two albums that offered re-recordings of memorable score highlights throughout the Bond series. One of the attractions for Bond music buffs is his re-creation of excerpts not available on the original movie soundtracks, notably some of Norman’s dramatic music from Dr. No; portions of Diamonds Are Forever, The Man with the Golden Gun and Moonraker; and John Altman’s St. Petersburg tank chase from GoldenEye.

  • Completing the Circle (Monty Norman, 2005)

    • CD: Bronze Records GBRCD 1007

For this song collection, Norman retrieved his original “Bad Sign, Good Sign” (which he eventually developed into the “James Bond Theme”) and sang it himself.