I’ve often posted on the James Bond threads discussing the soundtrack albums. I’ve collected all the releases I can of all the Connery, Roger Moore, Lazenby, Dalton and Brosnan films. And two of the Craig films. But up till now, I never considered adding the 1967 Casino Royale Burt Bacharach soundtrack! I’ve heard the title track and it’s a great title track. It’s as good as the official Bond films. And the Dusty Springfield song too. 1967 was a great year for a lot of music types. So I set about doing some research on the Casino Royale soundtrack releases and discovered the horrible past that the master tapes were damaged while under the care of Varese Sarabande if I understand the story correctly. The tape has lost some oxide from high speed re-winding. And their release was flawed because of that. But I read that a company called Kritzerland had later done some remarkable work to digitally repair the drop-outs and other issues with the tape and released a pretty good CD. It also included a needle drop of a pristine vinyl copy of the original soundtrack album. I’m reading that the original vinyl album was quite a audiophile release. But this Kritzerland version is very hard to find now. So I heard about the 50th Anniversary release from Quartet. This is quite a good release I’ve read and has some tracks in their original mono. ( though I’ve read some mixed reviews of it. ). So I’ll be setting out to buy this. It’s a single CD release and it’s the most easily obtainable. I see there’s quite a few other releases of this album including two from Varese Sarabande and an earlier two disc version from Quartet. Plus one from MGM from 2002 I believe. Plus the vinyl editions. I’d be curious about what you guys think are the better CD versions to collect. I’d heard the Sarabande editions should be avoided, it I don’t know. And to round out the collection, i’m also picking up the soundtrack for Never Say Never. It’s from Silva Screen. I have no background information on this soundtrack. I’m simply grabbing it while I can. Plus I realized I didn’t have the Blu Ray of the 1967 Casino Royale, just the MGM DVD. So that’s being ordered as well. It’s not a film I could ever get into. Maybe because I’m too much a purist when it comes to a James Bond film. And I don’t always get spoofs. But I might give it another chance.