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 Posted:   Dec 11, 2013 - 3:33 PM   
 By:   Marek7   (Member)

A few years ago I was moving and had a box of some some CD's ruined by some minor flooding. Most were my James Bond cd's. I've been meaning to replace them for a couple years now. However, I keep hearing there may be a chance they reissue them with expanded versions. I assumed they would have done this for the 50th anniversary last year.

My question is, has anyone heard anything recently? I'm thinking about using some giftcards and Christmas money to buy some Bond soundtracks and was just curious if I should go for it now or hold off. Thoughts?

 
 Posted:   Dec 11, 2013 - 4:42 PM   
 By:   Peter Greenhill   (Member)

I'd buy now. The chances of more expanded versions in the near future appear slim.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 11, 2013 - 4:46 PM   
 By:   Tango Urilla   (Member)

As far as I'm aware, there has been a peculiar silence on the possibility of future James Bond expansions. Some have speculated that the James Bond scores fall into a dreaded zone of being big enough that they won't be entrusted to the specialty labels, but not big enough that Sony would expand and release them themselves. But that's just speculation. As we all saw, there was a golden period of opportunity in 2003 when several of the earlier scores were gloriously expanded. So...anything's possible?

As you mention, 2012 would have been the time to expect new expansions. But it's anyone's guess if or when they might see the light of day now. Last summer, one of our board members was talking about possibly financing a rerecording of Moonraker, so there might yet be that, but there's been no word about it since the original flurry of excitement. If I were you, I would just go in for your favorites now. They're priced reasonably enough at Amazon, Screen Archives, etc. that you shouldn't be too crushed if expansions of The Man with the Golden Gun, The Spy Who Loved Me, Moonraker, Octopussy, A View to a Kill, Licence to Kill, GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough, Die Another Day or Skyfall do arrive. (That being said, I personally haven't yet replaced my own lost The Man with the Golden Gun CD yet; my other lost James Bond CDs, I have replaced.)

Like yourself, and I'm sure many others, I too am eagerly awaiting the slightest bit of actual news on the possibility of James Bond expansions. Hopefully one day, as with the films themselves, James Bond will return.

 
 Posted:   Dec 11, 2013 - 5:56 PM   
 By:   Other Tallguy   (Member)

From MV of La La Land:

"Bond is still up in the air (a matter I hope we can resolve in the near fture..at least on SOME titles)."

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 11, 2013 - 6:01 PM   
 By:   Tango Urilla   (Member)

From MV of La La Land:

"Bond is still up in the air (a matter I hope we can resolve in the near fture..at least on SOME titles)."


How did I miss this?! Was this mentioned recently?

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 11, 2013 - 6:12 PM   
 By:   Marek7   (Member)

Thanks for the replies guys! Yeah, I wish he could be more specific but understand why he really can't. I have about 3 or 4 favorite Bond scores I think I might buy. Even a hint that new Bond scores are coming is all I need to hear to hold off. Thanks again everyone!

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 11, 2013 - 6:20 PM   
 By:   Jameson281   (Member)

Some have speculated that the James Bond scores fall into a dreaded zone of being big enough that they won't be entrusted to the specialty labels, but not big enough that Sony would expand and release them themselves.

Sony has nothing to do with any of the Bond films except for the Daniel Craig ones. Danjaq/Eon, MGM and EMI would be the interested parties.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 11, 2013 - 7:00 PM   
 By:   Tango Urilla   (Member)

@ Marek7:

Thanks for the replies guys! Yeah, I wish he could be more specific but understand why he really can't. I have about 3 or 4 favorite Bond scores I think I might buy. Even a hint that new Bond scores are coming is all I need to hear to hold off. Thanks again everyone!

There's still no certainty any expanded scores will come out though. Earlier in the year, MV mentioned a David Arnold project he feared might not happen. Don't know whether that was a James Bond score or not, or what it's current status is, but sometimes projects get derailed. But yes, knowing my favorite label is working toward making some expanded Bond scores happen definitely brightens my day.


@ Jameson281:

Some have speculated that the James Bond scores fall into a dreaded zone of being big enough that they won't be entrusted to the specialty labels, but not big enough that Sony would expand and release them themselves.

Sony has nothing to do with any of the Bond films except for the Daniel Craig ones. Danjaq/Eon, MGM and EMI would be the interested parties.


Ah, gotcha. I know very little about who owns what.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 11, 2013 - 7:01 PM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

I can't speak for most of the catalog, but I have all the Barry Connery-era expansions. They are all available for dirt cheap and some of them are packed with 79 minutes' worth of music. I can't imagine re-purchasing most of these, unless they find the lost music from the first three films.

 
 Posted:   Dec 11, 2013 - 9:22 PM   
 By:   ZapBrannigan   (Member)

I can't speak for most of the catalog, but I have all the Barry Connery-era expansions. They are all available for dirt cheap and some of them are packed with 79 minutes' worth of music. I can't imagine re-purchasing most of these, unless they find the lost music from the first three films.


Yep. The existing expansions are a very good thing to have, and bargain priced. Newly re-expanded complete sets would be great, but if it doesn't happen we still got a lot.

 
 Posted:   Dec 11, 2013 - 9:40 PM   
 By:   JB Fan   (Member)

And I still don't understand - seems that only EMI is the real problem - Kritzerland & Quartet re-released Casino Royale for 3 time! And have no big problems... Maybe I'm wrong, but I think that this happened 'cause EMI don't have any publishing rights for this album. Just look - only MGM logo...

 
 Posted:   Dec 11, 2013 - 10:09 PM   
 By:   La La Land Records   (Member)

And I still don't understand - seems that only EMI is the real problem - Kritzerland & Quartet re-released Casino Royale for 3 time! And have no big problems... Maybe I'm wrong, but I think that this happened 'cause EMI don't have any publishing rights for this album. Just look - only MGM logo...

EON is the issue

MV

 
 Posted:   Dec 11, 2013 - 10:20 PM   
 By:   JB Fan   (Member)


EON is the issue

MV


So, they want to hold rights for all official Bond films but also they are not so strict when we speak about unofficial movies?

 
 Posted:   Dec 11, 2013 - 11:05 PM   
 By:   ZapBrannigan   (Member)

EON is the issue

MV



So, they want to hold rights for all official Bond films but also they are not so strict when we speak about unofficial movies?




There's no point in speculating about potentially sensitive matters we aren't a party to. So I'll just go ahead. My guess is that EON either doesn't want to devote the time and legal fees to a vintage music project these days, or else they are not familiar with the high quality of our boutique soundtrack labels and haven't been willing to get acquainted.

 
 Posted:   Dec 12, 2013 - 1:29 AM   
 By:   Amer Zahid   (Member)

I think classic Bond scores should be released as a box set altogther or maybe just the Barry scores in a black /gold embossed 007 set with a terrific bound book. Eitherways do it as box set. limit to 6000 pressing only.

 
 Posted:   Dec 12, 2013 - 1:35 AM   
 By:   WillGoldNewtonBarryGrusin   (Member)

From MV of La La Land:

"Bond is still up in the air (a matter I hope we can resolve in the near fture..at least on SOME titles)."



Thank you, MV! These are the most promising news concerning Bond scores in a long time.

If La-la-land could release the remaining titles in an expanded and remastered version it would be pure greatness - as everything La-la-land does.

Sucking up... but really, it´s true.

 
 Posted:   Dec 12, 2013 - 1:53 AM   
 By:   panavision   (Member)

The BOND soundtracks will happen. It's just a matter of time for the issues to be resolved. The La La news is certainly optimistic.

 
 Posted:   Dec 12, 2013 - 2:17 AM   
 By:   JB Fan   (Member)

I think classic Bond scores should be released as a box set altogther or maybe just the Barry scores in a black /gold embossed 007 set with a terrific bound book. Eitherways do it as box set. limit to 6000 pressing only.

And with price - something about $500?
Please, no! wink

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 12, 2013 - 4:57 AM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

I think classic Bond scores should be released as a box set altogther or maybe just the Barry scores in a black /gold embossed 007 set with a terrific bound book. Eitherways do it as box set. limit to 6000 pressing only.

Considering the existing, inexpensive expansions and personal preferences for certain eras of Bond, I think a box set is exactly what should not be done.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 12, 2013 - 5:34 AM   
 By:   Smitty   (Member)


Considering the existing, inexpensive expansions and personal preferences for certain eras of Bond, I think a box set is exactly what should not be done.


Agreed. No ultra expensive box only, please. To be honest, I am perfectly happy with how the Barry scores are presented. I'm not that interested in Arnold's scores, and I think the other releases are perfectly fine except for that horrible album for Licence to Kill.

To state it differently, I'll happily buy an expanded release of Licence to Kill.

 
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