mfiles logo

Composer Pages

Related Reviews

James Bond: The Gold Edition - a double album of music from the James Bond films

James Bond: The Gold Edition - music from the James Bond 007 films - CD double album cover This Double Album is a celebration of the music from more than 45 years of James Bond films. All the tracks are instrumental, including title tracks and incidental music from the films, nicely played by The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra who have a wealth of experience of recording film music. With the exception of "You Know My Name" from Casino Royale, all the music is conducted by Nic Raine who has arranged and orchestrated Bond music for many years and even worked with the main Bond composer John Barry on films such as "A View to a Kill" and "The Living Daylights". The variety of tracks chosen allow the complete contrast from the high-octane action music of chase sequences, through the suspense music when Bond is on a dangerous mission in enemy territory, to the relaxed music when Bond occasionally manages to find some quiet time with a beautiful girl in an exotic location.

One thing that raises this release above the norm is the substantial booklet it contains called "James Bond: A Musical History" which puts all the music into context. At 20-something pages the booklet is much more than just some sleeve notes, and has been carefully put together by Geoff Leonard and Pete Walker who together with Gareth Bramley have published a biography of the chief of all Bond composers called "John Barry - The Man with the Midas Touch". The icing on the cake of this release is that the guitar part on "The James Bond Theme" is played by Vic Flick, who recorded the original part with John Barry back in 1962. This double album is great value and can be found at the following links on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk.

Full Track Listing - for Disc: 1

  • Dr. No - The James Bond Theme
  • From Russia With Love - From Russia With Love
  • From Russia With Love - 007 Takes The Lektor
  • Goldfinger - Goldfinger
  • Thunderball - Thunderball
  • You Only Live Twice - You Only Live Twice
  • You Only Live Twice - Capsule In Space
  • On Her Majesty's Secret Service: We Have All The Time In The World
  • On Her Majesty's Secret Service: Escape From Piz Gloria/The Ski Chase
  • Diamonds Are Forever - Diamonds Are Forever
  • Live And Let Die - Live And Let Die (edit)
  • The Man With The Golden Gun - Slow Boat From China/Nick Nack/ The Man With The Golden Gun
  • The Spy Who Loved Me - Nobody Does It Better
  • Moonraker - Moonraker (edit)
  • Moonraker - Arrival At Chateau Drax/Freefall

Full Track Listing - for Disc: 2

  • For Your Eyes Only - For Your Eyes Only
  • Octopussy - All Time High
  • Never Say Never Again - Never Say Never Again
  • A View To A Kill - Wine With Stacey/Fanfare/Snow Job
  • The Living Daylights - The Living Daylights End Title
  • Licence To Kill - Licence To Kill
  • Goldeneye - Goldeneye
  • Goldeneye - Tank Drive Around St. Petersburg
  • Tomorrow Never Dies - Tomorrow Never Dies
  • Tomorrow Never Dies- Surrender
  • The World Is Not Enough - Ice Bandits
  • The World Is Not Enough - The World Is Not Enough
  • Die Another Day - Die Another Day
  • Die Another Day - Going Down Together
  • Casino Royale - You Know My Name

Find out more about the music and the composers behind the James Bond films at the mfiles James Bond music page.