Best of Bond…James Bond Soundtrack

What would Simon Cowell say while listening to the new Best of Bond…James Bond soundtrack which released for their 50th Anniversary. Nah, we don’t really care what he would say either.

We at are huge Bond fans, both old and new in terms of the movies. And just as diverse as the actors pulled into the movies, are the types of music we hear in the flicks. Some of the music over the last 50 years has been just awful, but nonetheless fitting for the peculiar setting or theme to whatever movie it might be associated with. In fact, if any one franchise were responsible for making “neo soul” or “new wave” bites of music popular it would be the Bond films.

Just think of the differences between the music in 1964’s Goldfinger compared to hearing Chris Cornell in Casino Royale which released in 2006. Meeting in the middle are Sheena Easton, Duran Duran and A-Ha who all have tracks from movies which released in the 80s. I bet you didn’t even known Sheena Easton had more than one soundtrack worthy hit.

If you are a James Bond fan the album is a must own. If you are a fan of albums which house a wide variety or music you for all moods then you must also own the 50th anniversary Best of Bond…James Bond album.

There are some flaws, but not in what the album has on it…rather on what the album lacks and that is merely because of music which was shafted to the end credits and not considered movie-esque. Specifically, I’m talking about the Pretenders “Where Has Everybody Gone” which is a great song and yet completely left in the dust. Shameful.

Something else you will notice is the quality in recordings which simply can’t really be fixed and really shouldn’t. The tracks you hear from the 60s will sound different from the more recent Bond movies and they should. I like the texture difference and lapses in quality because it reflects the era better.

There is a 23-track single-disc edition or 50-track deluxe edition of Best Of Bond… James Bond. 

Best Of Bond… James Bond  [CD, digital]

1.  James Bond ThemeThe John Barry Orchestra [from Dr. No, 1962]

2.  From Russia With Love – Matt Monro [from From Russia With Love, 1963]

3.  Goldfinger – Shirley Bassey [from Goldfinger, 1964]

4.  Thunderball – Tom Jones [from Thunderball, 1965]

5.  You Only Live Twice – Nancy Sinatra [from You Only Live Twice, 1967]

6.  On Her Majesty’s Secret Service – The John Barry Orchestra [from On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, 1969]

7.  We Have All The Time In The World – Louis Armstrong [from On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, 1969]

8.  Diamonds Are Forever – Shirley Bassey [from Diamonds Are Forever, 1971]

9.  Live And Let Die – Paul McCartney & Wings [from Live And Let Die, 1973]

10. The Man With The Golden Gun – Lulu [from The Man With The Golden Gun, 1974]

11. Nobody Does It Better – Carly Simon [from The Spy Who Loved Me, 1977]

12. Moonraker – Shirley Bassey [from Moonraker, 1979]

13. For Your Eyes Only – Sheena Easton [from For Your Eyes Only, 1981]

14. All Time High – Rita Coolidge [from Octopussy, 1983]

15. A View To A Kill – Duran Duran [from A View To A Kill, 1985]

16. The Living Daylights – A-Ha [from The Living Daylights, 1987]

17. Licence To Kill – Gladys Knight [from Licence To Kill, 1989]

18. GoldenEye (Single Edit) – Tina Turner [from GoldenEye, 1995]

19. Tomorrow Never Dies – Sheryl Crow [from Tomorrow Never Dies, 1997]

20. The World Is Not Enough – Garbage [from The World Is Not Enough, 1999]

21. Die Another Day – Madonna [from Die Another Day, 2002]

22. You Know My Name – Chris Cornell [from Casino Royale, 2006]

23. Another Way To Die – Jack White & Alicia Keys [from Quantum Of Solace, 2008]

Best Of Bond… James Bond (50 Years – 50 Tracks) [2CD, digital]


(same as above)


1.  Dr. No’s Fantasy – The Monty Norman Orchestra [from Dr. No, 1962]

2.  Under The Mango Tree – Diana Coupland [from Dr. No, 1962]

3.  007 – The John Barry Orchestra [from From Russia With Love, 1963]

4.  Opening Titles (Medley): James Bond Is Back/From Russia With Love/James Bond Theme – The John Barry Orchestra [from FromRussia With Love, 1963]

5.  Into Miami – The John Barry Orchestra [from Goldfinger, 1964]

6.  The Laser Beam – The John Barry Orchestra [from Goldfinger, 1964]

7.  Mr. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang – Shirley Bassey [submitted for Thunderball but not included in film, 1965]

8.  Switching The Body – The John Barry Orchestra [from Thunderball, 1965]

9.  Capsule in Space – The John Barry Orchestra [from You Only Live Twice, 1967]

10.  Do You Know How Christmas Trees Are Grown – Nina [from On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, 1969]

11. Bond Smells a Rat – The John Barry Orchestra [from Diamonds Are Forever, 1971]

12. Fillet Of Soul-New Orleans/Live And Let Die/Fillet Of Soul-Harlem (Medley) – The George Martin Orchestra featuring B.J. Arnau [fromLive And Let Die, 1973]

13. Underground Lair – The John Barry Orchestra [from Live And Let Die, 1973] 

14. Hip’s Trip – The John Barry Orchestra [from The Man With The Golden Gun, 1974]

15. The Pyramids – Marvin Hamlisch [from The Spy Who Loved Me, 1977]

16. Cable Car And Snake Fight – The John Barry Orchestra [from Moonraker, 1979]

17. Make It Last All Night – Bill Conti featuring Rage [from For Your Eyes Only, 1981]

18. The Chase Bomb Theme – The John Barry Orchestra [from Octopussy, 1983]

19. Snow Job – The John Barry Orchestra [from A View To A Kill, 1985]

20. Where Has Everybody Gone – The Pretenders [from The Living Daylights, 1987]

21. If There Was a Man – The Pretenders [closing credits song from The Living Daylights, 1987]

22. The Experience Of Love – Eric Serra [from GoldenEye, 1995]

23. James Bond Theme – Moby (Moby’s Re-Version) [inspired by the UA motion picture Tomorrow Never Dies, 1997]

24. Surrender – k.d. lang [closing credits song from Tomorrow Never Dies, 1997]

25. Only Myself To Blame – Scott Walker [from The World Is Not Enough, 1999]

26. Vesper – David Arnold [from Casino Royale, 2006]

27. Time To Get Out – David Arnold [from Quantum Of Solace, 2008]


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2 Responses

  1. Best of Bond sounds like a great CD to have. Love the songs it includes. Thank you for sharing!

  2. scrInk says:

    I’m glad you think it sounds good :) Thank you for commenting!