Bond concert scheduled for Oct. 4 in London

Logo for James Bond concert

A charity concert featuring songs from the James Bond film series has been scheduled for Oct. 4 at Royal Albert Hall in London, according to the venue’s website.

Here are the details.

Celebrate 60 years of the James Bond film franchise with a charity concert that will showcase the iconic music of Bond, headlined by the legendary Dame Shirley Bassey.

Curated by five-time Bond composer David Arnold and produced by EON Productions, the concert will feature Bond soundtrack artists including Garbage, as well as special guests including Celeste, putting their own interpretation on classic theme songs, backed by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, conducted by Nicholas Dodd.

The date marks the anniversary of the world premiere of the first 007 film, Dr. No held on 5 October 1962.

More special guests to be announced

Bassey’s Twitter account helped announce the news.

Shirley Bassey performed the title songs for Goldfinger, Diamonds Are Forever and Moonraker. All had music by John Barry with Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley, Don Black and and Hal David doing the lyrics.

David Arnold composed the scores for Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough, Die Another Day, Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace.

3 Responses

  1. Amazing Bassey can still belt out a song as powerful as Goldfinger 58 years later.
    Actually I can’t imagine anyone else singing that song.
    Sounds like a great evening! Although I’d probably take a loo break if either of the last two film’s theme songs came on. 🙂

  2. A while back, someone on YouTube uploaded a version of Casino Royale’s title sequence that featured Shirley Bassey’s The Living Tree instead of You Know My Name. Unfortunately, it was taken down due to copyright issues. I definitely would have preferred the bombastic, dramatic, distinctively Bondian The Living Tree over Chris Cornell’s lousy song.

  3. Way outside my price bracket… shame.

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