Thunderball Soundtrack Review | The Music of Bond Podcast #008

The Music of Bond is back with our Thunderball soundtrack review. This week we talk about the history of the score, the last minute switch from the original theme Mr. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang to Tom Jones’ Thunderball. We discuss favourite tunes and go through the original soundtrack release track by track. Is it a step up from Goldfinger? Does it live up to the hype of the biggest Bond of all? Find out on this week’s Music of Bond.

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  • George Tsilikas

    Thank you, both. That was excellent. Whilst listening to your podcast on my laptop, I checked out the Thunderball theme visuals and Sean Connery’s dodgy knee on YouTube, and also bought The Music Of James Bond in hardcover on your recommendations. Can’t wait to read it!

  • Dennis James Hardin

    Great podcast. I actually love Sean’s in-perfect turn and fire and his little wobble. The end pose of his arm out balancing himself is classic. However, Bob Simmons’ is far more bad-ass.
    One of the things I love about Barry’s score here, is along with GF, the Bond Theme music itself is seamlessly woven through as opposed to an outright full on rendition.
    The overall score is very much full of intrigue and suspense.
    I love it!

  • Don Zuiderman

    Hey Tom and John,

    I just finished listening to this latest podcast entry of JBR. One comment made me laugh while listening to this episode. You mentioned, rather enviously, (around 56 minutes into the episode) that Don Black described Tom Jones’ voice as “steely and manly”.

    The reason this made me laugh is because it reminded me of a revelation I had some twenty years ago. You should know that my native language isn’t English. When I was 6 years old I started watching the Bond films. I depended completely on the subtitles and the images on the screen. English, as a language, sounded cool, but I didn’t understand any of it. We don’t dub films in the Netherlands…

    The same language problem applies to music lyrics. I find it’s quite difficult understanding lyrics if the song is in another language. Probably even more difficult than comprehending normal dialogue.

    When I was a young teenager I got the perfect birthday present: a James Bond theme song collection CD. I listened to it pretty much non-stop for weeks. Not that I understood any of the words, but I enjoyed the music nonetheless. Now, I never bothered to look at the actual cover of the CD, nor did I study the track listing. I just listened and listened.

    It was literally years later that I found out that the theme song of Thunderball was performed by Tom Jones! I always assumed it was sung by an elderly woman with a deep voice, kinda like Shirley Bassey. Imagine my astonishment! So about his voice being “steely and manly”… Well…

    Thanks for the episode, I thoroughly enjoyed it!

    PS. I think Tom Sears has one of the best podcast voices ever!

    • I agree wholeheartedly about Tom’s voice! It’s one of the best reasons to listen to JBR!