Last James Bond track or theme you listened to...

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  • edited December 2020 Posts: 1,246
    Geez I hope I didn't just wake up my neighbor. 3:30 in the morning here, just put on Bond Meets The Girls from OHMSS and laughed out loud! John Barry got it so right. I think the OHMSS soundtrack is one of the very best. Other fave tracks: Main Title, Escape From Piz Gloria, Bond in Casino/Bond Meets Theresa, Bond Settles In, and Journey To Blofeld's Hideaway does what reading Fleming would do for that scene, a testament to Barry's talent.

    As @R1s1ngs0n mentioned above, I really like Oddjob's Pressing Engagement; that jazzy/horns 60s arrangement incorporating the Bond and Goldfinger themes.

    Along with OHMSS, so far I think the best Bond soundtracks include Goldfinger, Thunderball, FYEO (a personal fave) and Casino Royale.

    From Thunderball, Dance With Domino/ Bonds Apartment and Electrocution/ The spa (shimmering vibraphone for the underwater effect).

    I just thought of something about the FYEO soundtrack and how some people don't like it because of disco influences. Listening to Runaway, the ski and bobsled chase theme, it fits for me not only because it's upbeat but also because it has a Europop influence--after all the scene is in Cortina. ABBA could've done it--that's how music was then. Barry's the best, but that soundtrack really worked for me and I think for the film. Interesting that disco and dance music has been making a comeback in the last year. Cortina is another absolute favorite track as Bond checks into the hotel and goes onto the deck to look at the majestic mountains and gets the message on the mirror. That said, a little upbeat dance-oriented music goes a long way with Bond, because it is a little too happy for his character and his missions.

    Casino Royale--Blunt Instrument is good. I don't think I'd listen to the soundtrack on its own, but I think the music is seamlessly well-suited to the film.

    There's the old Bond and the new Bond. Checking out, from Skyfall (Thomas Newman), New Digs. It works. Severine, appropriate for that luscious woman. Skyfall has good and "smart" music. Very serviceable--reminds me a bit of music from QoS. But it isn't John Barry--he got closer to Bond.
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    This is fun.

  • RichardTheBruceRichardTheBruce I'm motivated by my Duty.
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    Big Band Bond is a GREAT idea, @mattjoes, I never get tired of it!
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    Oh, yes. These musicians actually released a CD of their music: https://www.velutluna.it/index.php?c=7a&l=ita&spc&id_cat&pagina&id=233

    Speaking of LALD, the soundtrack album was released in 8-track tape with quadraphonic sound back in 1973. That is, four audio channels. I understand the quadraphonic version is a rarity these days, as is the equipment required to play it back, but it sounds like a dream come true for a Bond music fan. Did anybody here ever buy that album, or listen to it? If so, what did it sound like? Was the channel separation good enough?

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    Personally, I look forward to the day in which one can play a music track and see a mixer with X tracks, which allows the listener to change the volume of each instrument, or even mute it, thus providing the opportunity to study and enjoy the arrangements in a much substantial and detailed way. Of course, there should always be an option to go back to the "original mix" as intended by the musicians.

    In absence of the rare quadraphonic version, at least the original, stereo LALD album offers the opportunity to hear certain instruments more prominently than the 2003 remaster.

    Incidentally, looking at the music threads in the forum, it seems to me they're really fragmented, unlike the film and literary ones. It makes reading old posts, or creating new ones, more difficult, in the absence of certain catch-all threads.
  • zebrafishzebrafish <°)))< in Octopussy's garden in the shade
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    Today I feel like posting this again. I am sure many of you knew this before, but it had slipped my mind, so I read up on the story behind the James Bond Theme on Wikipedia. It turns out, not all parts were truly original, Monty Norman lifted the beginning from his own score for an unpublished musical. He later recycled the interesting melody for the first bars of the JB theme:


  • edited January 10 Posts: 15,051
    For those interested, the British panel show QI talked a bit about Monty Norman and the James Bond Theme / Good Sign, Bad Sign, in their "Q" series episode "Quills".



    The full episode can bee seen here:
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    Journey To Blofeld's Hideaway (Remastered)

    One of my favorite scores.
  • Posts: 4,079
    More terrific reworkings of Bond music by JMY.



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    Love 1:16 in this next one, brilliant stuff.

  • Posts: 4,079
    I love this TLD suite, especially from 0:40 onwards. The arrangement is very similar to Hercules Takes Off and "Assassin" and Drugged from the OST, only without the drum machine. It's great to have this arrangement with and without the drums. The drumless version sounds like it would fit a Western (Dances with Wolves?).

  • edited February 15 Posts: 15,051
    You're completely right @mattjoes, it does have a western feel to it! Of course, the film have some western like shots too :D
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    You're completely right @mattjoes, it does have a western feel to it! Of course, the film have some western like shots too :D
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    Beautiful ones, too.
  • Posts: 15,051
    mattjoes wrote: »
    You're completely right @mattjoes, it does have a western feel to it! Of course, the film have some western like shots too :D
    thelivingdaylights8.jpg
    tld_s_04_500.jpg

    Beautiful ones, too.

    Indeed!
  • Posts: 13,951
    Listened to the extended score whilst doing house chores, such a great album one of my favourite soundtracks from the series.

    Bond Smells A Rat (From "Diamonds Are Forever" Soundtrack / Remastered 2003)

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    The James Bond Theme - 2016




    Nice!

  • Posts: 4,079
    Listened to the extended score whilst doing house chores, such a great album one of my favourite soundtracks from the series.

    Bond Smells A Rat (From "Diamonds Are Forever" Soundtrack / Remastered 2003)


    It's great. Jazzy and suspenseful!
  • ThunderfingerThunderfinger Digitalia
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    mattjoes wrote: »
    Listened to the extended score whilst doing house chores, such a great album one of my favourite soundtracks from the series.

    Bond Smells A Rat (From "Diamonds Are Forever" Soundtrack / Remastered 2003)


    It's great. Jazzy and suspenseful!
    It really is. So is the next one-"Bond meets Bambi and Thumper." There are so many great tracks from this one.
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    DAF score certainly elevates the film, aspects of it remind me of MR score, some tracks are quite bizarre and ominous.

    DAF is a guilty pleasure I like it mainly because I think Connery is still great in it. Connery is my favourite Bond.
  • Posts: 4,079
    How did I miss this? During the pandemic, being unable to perform live, Warren Ringham's Q The Music Show recorded a series of concerts featuring music from all the Bond films, and they're offering them online.

    Here's a preview. For the slide whistle moment alone, I'd suggest checking out Let's Go Get 'em, which begins at 17:03. If you're impatient, the slide whistle itself can be heard at 18:50.



    Welcome to Cuba.

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    Oh, yes!

  • edited April 13 Posts: 13,951
    mattjoes wrote: »
    Oh, yes!


    I like it, brought back a few memories from my clubbing days listening to David Morales.
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    Lets Go Get Em sounds great I will listen to the concert in its entirety later.

    Fight at Kobie dock one of my favourites, I just kept listening loving the electric guitar on Drive in the Country.

    The jazzed up YOLT I could sit and listen to that live, great vibe. Listened to this one twice, the second time through my 300 watt speakers love it.
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    I just kept listening loving the electric guitar on Drive in the Country.
    Yes! They also nailed that keyboard part.

    The arrangements are pretty faithful but not identical, which is nice, and it's great to be able to see people playing these themes rather than just hear them.

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    Here are a few more themes:

    Living Daylights suite. I love Ice Chase here.
    https://www.facebook.com/QTheMusicShow/videos/432831417930013/

    OHMSS Propellerheads remix:
    https://www.facebook.com/QTheMusicShow/videos/469028911029580/
  • QBranchQBranch Always have an escape plan. Mine is watching James Bond films.
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    Listening to AWTD right now on Double J radio. I always liked it, it's very bombastic.
  • DragonpolDragonpol The Crazy World of David Dragonpol
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    QBranch wrote: »
    Listening to AWTD right now on Double J radio. I always liked it, it's very bombastic.

    Me too. The only other Bond song that it reminds me of is Lulu's TMWTGG. I thought that from the first time I heard it one night on my car radio back in 2008.
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