Over the holiday season we decided to do something a bit different for our Bond Music: Six of the Best Episode. Instead of two people picking six tracks from one album – how about four people picked eight tracks from an album that consisted of four discs? Surely the “ultimate” episode.
The album in question was the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra‘s excellent “The Ultimate James Bond Music Collection” box set. To tackle this extensive retrospective of 007 music Alan and Jarrod were joined by guests Luis Pachon and Matt Raubenheimer.
You can check out which tracks we each selected right HERE.
After a short break Alan and Van return to 1970s Las Vegas to review and rank the critical facets of Sean Connery’s comeback outing in Diamonds Are Forever. You can check out our thoughts and scores HERE.
In the latest episode of the James Bond: Six of the Best podcast, Jarrod and Alan discuss what they listen to when reading Bond stories as we dive into the two-volume “Music To Read James Bond To” vinyl album series from 1965 and 1966. Does one album score over the other, and just what is the Bond connection with some of the track titles? You can follow the discussion, and listen to our track picks HERE.
Between 2019 and 2022 I wrote a series of articles on various aspects of James Bond for the Hero Collector website owned and operated by a company called Eaglemoss. Unfortunately, Eaglemoss went out of business in 2022 and the website was shut down, meaning that those articles were no longer available online.
So I have decided to add a new 007 Articles section to the James Bond Lexicon to provide an archive of the Hero Collector articles plus a selection of other Bond-related writing.
The first article, Bond: Born In Jamacia (first published in June 2019) is now available.
In the latest episode of Bond Music: Six of the Best, Jarrod takes Alan back to the beginning of their Bond music journey with a fresh look at the 50th Anniversary edition of the Dr. No soundtrack. Click HERE to see if this expanded look at the sounds of the first 007 outing offers them any new insights.
It’s taken almost a year since the release of Daniel Craig’s final outing as 007, but we have now added 63 entries (49 new and 14 updates) to the James Bond Lexicon website covering the events of No Time To Die. You can access them at the Lexicon Updates page links and search for the [NTTDm] tag on the entries.
Van and Alan travel back to 1969 in the latest Ranking The Bonds podcast episode. Just how will Van score the various elements of Alan’s favorite Bond movie? Will Alan find that it still holds up? These and lots more questions will be answered as we discuss On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. You can join us by clicking HERE.
The On Her Majesty’s Secret Podcast team recently reconvened to tackle the BBC Radio adaptation of Ian Fleming’s Moonraker. How does it stack up against the novel? Who was our favorite voice actor? How upset was Delvin that Bond didn’t get the girl? You can find out the answer to these, and other insightful questions by clicking HERE to listen.
Van and Alan return for another look at Bond’s mission to Japan in You Only Live Twice. How will they score this conflicted movie? Is Blofeld an iconic villain or a Belgian administrator? Is Littel Nellie a cool Bond vehicle of an annoying buzzing fly? Click HERE to find out the answers and much more.
Alan was honored to be asked back to the James Bond A-Z podcast, where he joined fellow guest Mike Reyes from CinemaBlend to discuss our favorite Bond movie, ON HER MAJESTY’S SECRET SERVICE. We go in depth to tell the story of the movie, its stars, production, sounds, and enduring legacy. CLICK HERE to listen to the discussion.