The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – James Bond Themes (2005)
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The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra treads where many others have gone before by recording an album of themes from the James Bond movies. In the hands of conductor Carl Davis and arranger Nic Raine, the 12 themes are, for the most part, given subtler, more romantic interpretations than usual. This is not true of the leadoff track, Monty Norman’s “The James Bond Theme,” which actually is taken at a slightly faster tempo than is typical. But “Goldfinger” is slower and more majestic than the well-known hit recording by Shirley Bassey. Although an electric guitar takes the melody line for much of “Live and Let Die,” the Paul McCartney-composed theme is robbed of much of its power by Davis and Raine’s approach, but, for example, Bill Conti’s “For Your Eyes Only,” with its slow, solemn melody, is perfectly suited to it. The conductor and arranger might have been better advised to try different styles appropriate to different themes, but they have created a consistent musical package of music originally written by a large number of composers. Still, there are better albums of these themes.
01. The James Bond Theme
02. From Russia with Love
05. You Only Live Twice
06. Diamonds are Forever
07. Live and Let Die
08. The Man with the Golden Gun
09. Nobody Does It Better
10. For Your Eyes Only
11. Living Daylights
12. Golden Eye
Performed by The Royal Philharmonic Orchester. Conducted by Carl Davis.