Your Favourite Bond Soundtracks?

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  • BarbelBarbel ScotlandPosts: 35,951Chief of Staff
    DAF, TLD, AVTAK, MR, OHMSS would all get my vote!

    All John Barry, nice picks SM- though I'd have put them in a different order!
  • JarvioJarvio EnglandPosts: 4,234MI6 Agent
    All the John Barry scores are masterpieces quite frankly.

    But I also love the GE and FYEO scores, which may seem controversial. And LTK's is good too. And I adore LALD's.

    So come to think of it, I love all the scores from FRWL-GE.

    DN never did much for me but it was still ok. I was never too keen on the scores from TND onwards though - nothing bad, but they just haven't grabbed me like the others.
    1 - LALD, 2 - AVTAK, 3 - LTK, 4 - OP, 5 - NTTD, 6 - FYEO, 7 - SF, 8 - DN, 9 - DAF, 10 - TSWLM, 11 - OHMSS, 12 - TMWTGG, 13 - GE, 14 - MR, 15 - TLD, 16 - YOLT, 17 - GF, 18 - DAD, 19 - TWINE, 20 - SP, 21 - TND, 22 - FRWL, 23 - TB, 24 - CR, 25 - QOS

    1 - Moore, 2 - Dalton, 3 - Craig, 4 - Connery, 5 - Brosnan, 6 - Lazenby
  • chrisisallchrisisall Western Mass, USAPosts: 9,061MI6 Agent
    Jarvio wrote:
    But I also love the GE and FYEO scores
    GE, I'm cool wit dat, FYEO? Bollocks I say! :))
    Dalton & Connery rule. Brozz was cool.
    #1.TLD/LTK 2.TND 3.GF 4.GE 5.DN 6.FYEO 7.FRWL 8.TMWTGG 9.TWINE 10.YOLT/QOS
  • BarbelBarbel ScotlandPosts: 35,951Chief of Staff
    Bollocks to the both of them!
  • James SuzukiJames Suzuki New ZealandPosts: 2,406MI6 Agent
    I like the FYEO score too, as well as GE even though people say the former sounds like,porn music.
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  • ThunderpussyThunderpussy Behind you !Posts: 63,792MI6 Agent
    I've watched a lot of Porn and FYEO Score is much worse. :))
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  • Silhouette ManSilhouette Man The last refuge of a scoundrelPosts: 8,549MI6 Agent
    Barbel wrote:
    DAF, TLD, AVTAK, MR, OHMSS would all get my vote!

    All John Barry, nice picks SM- though I'd have put them in a different order!

    The order is not meant to be in any way indicative of a sliding scale! -{ :))
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  • chrisisallchrisisall Western Mass, USAPosts: 9,061MI6 Agent
    I've watched a lot of Porn and FYEO Score is much worse. :))
    D'OH!!! Hahahahahahahahahaha!!
    Dalton & Connery rule. Brozz was cool.
    #1.TLD/LTK 2.TND 3.GF 4.GE 5.DN 6.FYEO 7.FRWL 8.TMWTGG 9.TWINE 10.YOLT/QOS
  • ChromeJobChromeJob Durham, NC USAPosts: 149MI6 Agent
    I've watched a lot of Porn and FYEO Score is much worse. :))

    Ha! Yes, there are some nice cues, but I just cringe during the bastardization of the Bond theme when they go shopping for an ATAC in the Yellow Submarine. Oh, if only it were the Sea of Holes....

    I was going to start a new thread, but this one fits. I always thought (in theaters and on VHS) that that the OHMSS score used a sort of harpsichord, NOT an early synth. I love, no really I LOVE, how the PTS opening has a syncopated flavour with the horns, and then ... ruh-roh, there's that synth doing the guitar riff. You either dig it or not. (And I suspect Barry was aiming for a sort of "groovy.")

    With the release of the entire score a few years ago, you can appreciate a lot more of the soundtrack, particularly the spectacularly successful "Gumbold Break-in" scene (which, if you play without the music, is about as thrilling as C-SPAN), his Piz Gloria cues (there's an alternate "ascent" cue, and a really nice unused "Twilight" cue). I do like the use of the synth during the "Mercy Flight" cue, in the film and played alone it has a sort of "sneaky bastards up to some massive no-good heroism" that is just so cool with the aerial shots of the helicopters at dawn. Gives me shivers. Like the sight and sound of all the X-Wings opening up on their way to the Death Star in STAR WARS, it's just

    But that PTS James Bond theme with the synth ... I'm never quite convinced it was a good fit. ... Discuss. ;)
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  • Charmed & DangerousCharmed & Dangerous Posts: 7,358MI6 Agent
    I love the entire OHMSS score - it's fantastic. And I think the PTS piece, "This never happened to the other feller"' is brilliant. The fight setion at the end of the piece is imo the best fight music in the films.

    Order of preference then:

    OHMSS
    Thunderball
    Goldfinger
    YOLT and DAF about the same
    TND. David Arnold really captures the feel of John Barry's music and updates it
    QoS
    Of the non-Barry and non-Arnold ones, TSWLM is probably the best.

    Worst:
    Goldeneye and Skyfall

    Probably the best single piece, apart from "This never happened to the other feller", has to be "Time to get out" from QoS - what a fantastic piece of stirring music.

    Incidentally, I briefly met David Arnold at a film premiere a couple of years ago and had a chat with him - really nice bloke.
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  • LazenbyfanLazenbyfan USAPosts: 53MI6 Agent
    Top 5 for me:

    On Her Majesty's Secret Service
    Thunderball
    Moonraker
    You Only Live Twice
    License to Kill
    "She likes you, I can see it."
    "You must give me the name of your oculist."
  • always shakenalways shaken LondonPosts: 6,287MI6 Agent
    I have the best of Bond cd in my car ,has 22 film tracks
    and my favorite track is by Gladys Knight (licence to kill)
    magic
    By the way, did I tell you, I was "Mad"?
  • BlackleiterBlackleiter Washington, DCPosts: 5,615MI6 Agent
    Great song!
    I have the best of Bond cd in my car ,has 22 film tracks
    and my favorite track is by Gladys Knight (licence to kill)
    magic
    "Felix Leiter, a brother from Langley."
  • always shakenalways shaken LondonPosts: 6,287MI6 Agent
    Thanks for the agreement agent blackleiter,
    as you know the song ,is it me (im patialy deaf in one ear )
    or does Gladys sound like she is singing got a licence to kit ?
    say hi to D,C for me
    By the way, did I tell you, I was "Mad"?
  • BlackleiterBlackleiter Washington, DCPosts: 5,615MI6 Agent
    Can't say I've ever heard it as anything other than "license to kill", my friend.

    DC says greetings to a fellow Bond fan! -{
    Thanks for the agreement agent blackleiter,
    as you know the song ,is it me (im patialy deaf in one ear )
    or does Gladys sound like she is singing got a licence to kit ?
    say hi to D,C for me
    "Felix Leiter, a brother from Langley."
  • chrisno1chrisno1 LondonPosts: 3,107MI6 Agent
    I haven't contributed to the 'music' forum for a number of months, but I've just read the whole of this thread and am very pleased to see TND featuring so highly.

    I love the soundtrack to this film. It fairly rattles along, accompanying the action rather than swamping it (as some of Arnold's later efforts do). It helps that it isn't too loud. One of my issues with Arnold's QOS score was that it drowned out the action and the dialogue - although that's the sound editor's fault not Mr Arnold's !!

    While we're talking of 'favourites' I can't help but list almost everything by John Barry 1964 - 1979 with an honourable mention to 1987.

    The one underrated gem for me is Thunderball. The gentle sway of the music imitates the sea and when the action rises to a crescendo, the music follows and we imagine the storm chopping the surf, the chaos of a Bondian hurricane. Barry's love of jazz dips in and out with Mr Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. He has a romantic theme in Cafe Martinque; the sudden rolling beat of Traction Table; the similarly tense and spikey Death of Fiona, all drums and maracas; the extended operatic Street Chase.... oh I could go on. I like the main title theme too, though I know this often ranks low on fan's lists.

    OHMSS was recently voted one of the Top 10 soundtracks of all time by The Independent (not I agree the arbiter of best taste) and when you watch the movie it is easy to see why. Barry's themes bind the scenes together. I always remember, early in the film, how the piano tinkles over the scene at the casino ('Try'); Gumbold's Safe is a masterclas of heightened musical suspense, overlaying the on screen proceedings; ditto Over and Out; Barry uses the Bond theme sparingly but when the guitars cut in during the attack on Piz Gloria, I defy anyone not to have a tingle on their spine; the constant 'ticking clock' effect employed during Bond's visit to Piz Gloria adds mystery and depth to the mundane; Journey to Blofeld's Hideaway is a soaring, gorgeously layered montage hinting at the Swiss setting, the grandeur of tha Alps; both the main theme and love song are evocative of the movies violence and its tenderness. It's a hard soundtrack to fault and I can't.

    Diamond's Are Forever is a gaudy delight, peppered with chintzy Las Vegas cues and lounge pianos. Again Barry's love of jazz comes to the fore. I particulalry enjoy the musical motifs for each character. It is also a much less serious piece than any of its predecessor's and that shows Barry's own maturity, that he wasn't afraid to lighten the atmosphere, to reflect and add to the unfolding jokiness on screen - a serious piece would have made the movie even more ridiculous. At times I feel he's a bit stuck (the Moon buggy ride is a bit of a dud) but all that jazzy stuff at Circus, Circus and The Whyte House is fabulous. It's a real glittery gem of a show and its theme song is wonderfully haunting.

    While I like GF and YOLT (in particular Miami from the former and Kobe Docks from the latter) and TLD is a beautiful, romantic opus which summaries Barry at his best, my other pet love is Moonraker. Here Barry has recognised the symphonic potential of the story and the action. Like the movie it reflects the influence of Star Wars and its great to have a full orchestra manipulating our aural senses. Snippets like Corrinne Put Down blending into a peel of bells and Bond Smells a Rat dying as the vermin continue to thrive are brilliant examples of a composer understanding the effect his score has on an audience, how he can create an emotional or visceral reaction with his music. The grandness of some of the themes on MR doesn't overshadow the action as it is magnificently opulent anyway; this score is the closest James Bond ever got to epic and Barry doesn't let us down.

    Great memories all...
  • chrisisallchrisisall Western Mass, USAPosts: 9,061MI6 Agent
    Barry, like Williams and Goldsmith, is a Legend.
    Dalton & Connery rule. Brozz was cool.
    #1.TLD/LTK 2.TND 3.GF 4.GE 5.DN 6.FYEO 7.FRWL 8.TMWTGG 9.TWINE 10.YOLT/QOS
  • BlackleiterBlackleiter Washington, DCPosts: 5,615MI6 Agent
    I had no idea the OHMSS soundtrack received this honor, but it's richly deserved. -{
    chrisno1 wrote:
    OHMSS was recently voted one of the Top 10 soundtracks of all time by The Independent (not I agree the arbiter of best taste) and when you watch the movie it is easy to see why. Barry's themes bind the scenes together. I always remember, early in the film, how the piano tinkles over the scene at the casino ('Try'); Gumbold's Safe is a masterclas of heightened musical suspense, overlaying the on screen proceedings; ditto Over and Out; Barry uses the Bond theme sparingly but when the guitars cut in during the attack on Piz Gloria, I defy anyone not to have a tingle on their spine; the constant 'ticking clock' effect employed during Bond's visit to Piz Gloria adds mystery and depth to the mundane; Journey to Blofeld's Hideaway is a soaring, gorgeously layered montage hinting at the Swiss setting, the grandeur of tha Alps; both the main theme and love song are evocative of the movies violence and its tenderness. It's a hard soundtrack to fault and I can't.
    "Felix Leiter, a brother from Langley."
  • Mr_OsatoMr_Osato Posts: 398MI6 Agent
    The soundtrack to On Her Majesty's Secret Service is my all-time favorite soundtrack, with You Only Live Twice a close second.

    Agree, but I would like to add Goldfinger to the list. Some great music was in that movie. Brass, confident, Bond music. Especially love the music from the PTS, how the Bond theme kicks in and you see Bond running. Barry was truely the greatest, no one can replace him.
    OHMSS, FRWL, DN, GF, CR, GE, SP, YOLT, TB, TSWLM, LALD, TLD, TND, FYEO, SF, MR, TMWTGG, TWINE, OP, AVTAK, DAF, LTK, QOS, DAD

    1. Connery 2. Craig 3. Brosnan 4. Dalton 5. Lazenby 6. Moore
  • chrisisallchrisisall Western Mass, USAPosts: 9,061MI6 Agent
    I just bought the soundtrack to A View To A Kill; not my favourite Bond movie by a long shot, but Barry DELIVERED!~!!!
    Dalton & Connery rule. Brozz was cool.
    #1.TLD/LTK 2.TND 3.GF 4.GE 5.DN 6.FYEO 7.FRWL 8.TMWTGG 9.TWINE 10.YOLT/QOS
  • Moore ThanMoore Than EnglandPosts: 3,173MI6 Agent
    Mr_Osato wrote:
    The soundtrack to On Her Majesty's Secret Service is my all-time favorite soundtrack, with You Only Live Twice a close second.

    Agree, but I would like to add Goldfinger to the list. Some great music was in that movie. Brass, confident, Bond music. Especially love the music from the PTS, how the Bond theme kicks in and you see Bond running. Barry was truely the greatest, no one can replace him.

    John Barry was something of a musical genius. I personally would add Moonraker in preference to Goldfinger. As well as the epic Flight into Space, it also features wonderful tracks such as Centrifuge and Corrine Put Down, not forgetting Dame Shirley Bassey's underrated title song.
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  • NeverSayDieNeverSayDie Posts: 495MI6 Agent
    FYEO- there's nothing quite driving along to 'runaway' or 'drive in the country'

    Goldeneye- it's not the best soundtrack to listen to but the music works in the film.

    TSWLM- Bond'77 is brilliant and Nobody does it better is a classic.
  • Mr_OsatoMr_Osato Posts: 398MI6 Agent
    FYEO- there's nothing quite driving along to 'runaway' or 'drive in the country'

    Goldeneye- it's not the best soundtrack to listen to but the music works in the film.

    TSWLM- Bond'77 is brilliant and Nobody does it better is a classic.

    Ouch...I dont think I could diagree with you more. To each its own I suppose :)
    OHMSS, FRWL, DN, GF, CR, GE, SP, YOLT, TB, TSWLM, LALD, TLD, TND, FYEO, SF, MR, TMWTGG, TWINE, OP, AVTAK, DAF, LTK, QOS, DAD

    1. Connery 2. Craig 3. Brosnan 4. Dalton 5. Lazenby 6. Moore
  • ThunderpussyThunderpussy Behind you !Posts: 63,792MI6 Agent
    Luckily there is so much Bond music to choose from, We should
    all be happy. After all some members even like
    Another way to die. :))
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  • chrisisallchrisisall Western Mass, USAPosts: 9,061MI6 Agent
    After all some members even tolerate
    Another way to die. :))
    I think that's what you meant, yes?

    :v
    Dalton & Connery rule. Brozz was cool.
    #1.TLD/LTK 2.TND 3.GF 4.GE 5.DN 6.FYEO 7.FRWL 8.TMWTGG 9.TWINE 10.YOLT/QOS
  • JarvioJarvio EnglandPosts: 4,234MI6 Agent
    chrisisall wrote:
    After all some members even tolerate
    Another way to die. :))
    I think that's what you meant, yes?

    :v

    I can't even tolerate it. Last week I decided to chill and listen to all 23 main bond themes. Another way to die stuck out like a sore piece of poo. Man, that is one bad song :#

    (Sir Miles is probably pissed off now lol)
    1 - LALD, 2 - AVTAK, 3 - LTK, 4 - OP, 5 - NTTD, 6 - FYEO, 7 - SF, 8 - DN, 9 - DAF, 10 - TSWLM, 11 - OHMSS, 12 - TMWTGG, 13 - GE, 14 - MR, 15 - TLD, 16 - YOLT, 17 - GF, 18 - DAD, 19 - TWINE, 20 - SP, 21 - TND, 22 - FRWL, 23 - TB, 24 - CR, 25 - QOS

    1 - Moore, 2 - Dalton, 3 - Craig, 4 - Connery, 5 - Brosnan, 6 - Lazenby
  • Mr_OsatoMr_Osato Posts: 398MI6 Agent
    Moore Than wrote:
    Mr_Osato wrote:
    The soundtrack to On Her Majesty's Secret Service is my all-time favorite soundtrack, with You Only Live Twice a close second.

    Agree, but I would like to add Goldfinger to the list. Some great music was in that movie. Brass, confident, Bond music. Especially love the music from the PTS, how the Bond theme kicks in and you see Bond running. Barry was truely the greatest, no one can replace him.

    John Barry was something of a musical genius. I personally would add Moonraker in preference to Goldfinger. As well as the epic Flight into Space, it also features wonderful tracks such as Centrifuge and Corrine Put Down, not forgetting Dame Shirley Bassey's underrated title song.

    Agree, MR had a great score, very different than other Barry scores. Almost classical music. Excellent music and yes the Bassey song is epic/I also like the disco version of it, Moonraker suite it is called, I believe.
    OHMSS, FRWL, DN, GF, CR, GE, SP, YOLT, TB, TSWLM, LALD, TLD, TND, FYEO, SF, MR, TMWTGG, TWINE, OP, AVTAK, DAF, LTK, QOS, DAD

    1. Connery 2. Craig 3. Brosnan 4. Dalton 5. Lazenby 6. Moore
  • DieAnotherDayDieAnotherDay Glasgow, ScotlandPosts: 460MI6 Agent
    My favourites are LALD, TND and actually GE. Apart from that horrible "ladies first" tune I thought that soundtrack went along perfectly with the movie and created a somewhat unique eerie tone
    ....and the best he ever managed was a sermon on the mount.
  • chrisisallchrisisall Western Mass, USAPosts: 9,061MI6 Agent
    My favourites are LALD, TND and actually GE.
    I like those as well. Serra's is a bit under-rated; he just didn't jam in the Bond theme enough times.

    Still, TLD is the one that raises the hairs on the back of my neck, Boy did Barry leave the Franchise on a positive 'note'. :))
    Dalton & Connery rule. Brozz was cool.
    #1.TLD/LTK 2.TND 3.GF 4.GE 5.DN 6.FYEO 7.FRWL 8.TMWTGG 9.TWINE 10.YOLT/QOS
  • BarbelBarbel ScotlandPosts: 35,951Chief of Staff
    Watched TND tonight, and was once again thrilled by David Arnold's work. Bold and brassy, soft and subtle, and totally Bondian.
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