I am a bit puzzled that the 50th anniversary of the James Bond films came and went and there was no further news about expanding the Roger Moore James Bond scores.
As you may recall many of the EMI and MGM Bond scores were remastered and some were also expanded with additional tracks not contained on the original releases.
Note - Rykodisc reissued The Living Daylights, Octopussy and For Your Eyes Only. Only The Living Daylights was expanded.
Due to budget constraints and lack of effort to track down all materials, most of the Roger Moore James Bond soundtracks were only remastered and not expanded. Those titles that were only remastered and not expanded are:
The Man With the Golden Gun (tapes exist at Abbey Road but lack of project funds to expand in 2002)
The Spy Who Loved Me (The soundtrack is re recordings of the film score. Lack of time and project funds to sort through the Abbey Road tapes to sort out the soundtrack album and the film score)
Moonraker (score recorded in Paris. There was no attempt to search for the tapes. The score was initially only in mono for theatrical release, but later recorded in stereo for home video releases.)
Octopussy (score recorded in London, but the tapes were not at Abbey Road.)
A View To A Kill (score recorded and possibly stored at MGM in Los Angeles?)
I understand that MGM and EMI are not interesting in re issuing the older scores. However, I would think with the success of the Star Trek film scores being expanded and reissued that EMI and MGM should re consider.
I also think there is major demand for all of the titles on the basis of the Bond fan base alone. Similar again to the Star Trek fan base and again those soundtrack re issues.
I think a company like Intrada, FSM or La La Land Records would love to distribute the scores as well. I would also believe that if the prices were higher on the scores (like the Star Trek scores $19.99 - $24.95) again consumers would buy them.
One other thought is a limited edition run for the scores as well. This has been done again with some of the Star Trek scores.
Anyway. Hopefully there is some movement soon on these scores. I know there are challenges, but feel as a consumer I have to keep asking and letting MGM and EMI know that there is a demand.
Thanks for the posts and your ideas.
Edited by Osato, April 09 2013 - 03:28 PM.