James Bond celebrates 60 years on big screen with music

The Sound of 007 in Concert, the official charity concert at the Royal Albert Hall will take place on 4th October.

Original Bond recording artists Dame Shirley Bassey, Lulu, Chrissie Hynde and Garbage will perform iconic 007 songs alongside guest vocalists Becky Hill, Celeste, Ella Eyre, Jamie Cullum, John Grant and Paloma Faith accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra conducted by Nicholas Dodd.

The concert, created by Eon Productions and sponsored by Bowers & Wilkins and Omega, will be produced by five-time Bond composer David Arnold. The event marks 60 years since the world premiere of Dr No, the first 007 film, on 5th October 1962 and will benefit Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy and The BRIT Trust.

An exclusive recording of the concert will be available to stream globally on Prime Video following the event as part of the streamer’s 60th anniversary celebration of James Bond.

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The Hall’s celebration of James Bond will continue with Films in Concert screenings of Casino Royale (2006), Skyfall (2012) and Spectre (2015) from 17-20 November. A limited number of tickets are available for purchase via the Royal Albert Hall’s website / box office 020 7589 8212.

As well as the concert Amazon Prime subscribers will also have exclusive access to a documentary about the music of James Bond.

The Sound of 007 is directed by BIFA and BAFTA-nominee Mat Whitecross (The Kings, Oasis: Supersonic, The Road to Guantánamo) for Prime Video and MGM. The feature documentary pulls back the curtain on the remarkable history of six decades of James Bond music, taking viewers on a journey from Sean Connery’s Dr No through to Daniel Craig’s final outing in No Time to Die. Produced by John Battsek (One Day In September, Searching For Sugar Man, Everything Or Nothing) for Ventureland and Eon Productions, the film charts the incredible history of the music, enthralling true tales behind the tunes and famous faces who have recorded some of the most beloved soundtracks in cinema.

The documentary will preview on 1 October as part of the BFI’s James Bond at 60 Weekend. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Mat Whitecross, lyricist Don Black and composer David Arnold. An exclusive clip from the documentary is embedded above.

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Finally, Decca Records presents Bond 25, an orchestrated album featuring all 25 of the iconic Bond themes expertly reimagined and newly-recorded by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

The album, recorded at Abbey Road Studios, includes brand new arrangements of the iconic title themes including From Russia With Love, Diamonds Are Forever, Live And Let Die, Goldeneye and Die Another Day, track listed chronologically from 1962’s Dr No to 2020’s UK No.1 single No Time to Die.

David Leigh founded The James Bond Dossier in 2002. A fan of 007 since the age of 8, he is also author of The Complete Guide to the Drinks of James Bond. You can order a copy here if you don't own it already.

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