To celebrate 60 years of 007, this September 23, Decca Records will release “Bond 25”, an orchestrated album featuring all 25 of the iconic films’ themes expertly reimagined and newly recorded by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Recorded at Abbey Road Studios, the album includes brand-new arrangements of the title themes including Diamonds Are Forever, GoldenEye and Skyfall, tracklisted chronologically from 1962’s Dr. No, to 2020’s UK No.1 single No Time To Die.
To tie in with the release of the album, the new arrangement of the iconic Bond Theme from 1962’s Dr. No has just been released as a single.
Bond 25 follows in the footsteps of the recent success of Hans Zimmer’s soundtrack for the 25th James Bond film No Time To Die, which became the UK’s highest-charting soundtrack from the 007 franchise to date, peaking at No.7 in the Official UK Album Charts. Billie Eilish’s title track, co-written with Hans Zimmer and FINNEAS, topped the Official UK Singles Chart in its first week of release. Eilish, at 18 years old on release, is the youngest artist, and first female, to take a Bond theme to the top of the Official UK Singles Chart.
Every October 5 is “James Bond Day,” an annual event which this year marks the 60th anniversary of the world premiere of the very first 007 film, Dr. No. This date was first celebrated in 2012 in celebration of the Bond franchise’s 50th anniversary. This year, the celebrations will include The Sound of 007, a benefit concert, a charity concert held at The Royal Albert Hall on Tuesday October 4, showcasing the iconic music of Bond, headlined by the legendary Dame Shirley Bassey and featuring Bond soundtrack artists such as Garbage and Lulu, as well as special guests including Becky Hill and Celeste, all backed by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, and conducted by Nicholas Dodd. The concert will be broadcast the following day on Amazon.
On the same day, Amazon will also premiere the documentary The Sound of 007, which explores the remarkable history of six decades of James Bond music, mixing interviews with James Bond archive material.