Watch 85-year-old Shirley Bassey storm The Sound of 007 in Concert with two Bond themes

5 October 2022, 09:29 | Updated: 5 October 2022, 09:33

By Mayer Nissim

Dame Shirley Bassey is the undisputed Queen of James Bond.

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Dame Shirley Bassey was the headliner of a special concert yesterday (October 4) to celebrate 60 years of James Bond.

The undisputed Bond Queen topped the bill at The Sound of 007 in Concert show at the Royal Albert Hall.

Bassey is of course the only person to have performed more than one Bond theme.

She sung the soaring opening songs for Goldfinger in 1964, Diamonds Are Forever in 1971 and Moonraker in 1979.

Fan video footage shot at the concert shows Bassey storming the show with a double-header of 'Diamonds Are Forever' and 'Goldfinger'

The very first "official" James Bond film Dr No was released on October 5, 1962.

The concert was part of a wider 60th anniversary of James Bond at the same venue, which will also include a number of special Bond movie screenings later in the year.

When the concert was first announced, Artistic Director of the Royal Albert Hall Lucy Noble said: “We could not be more honoured to host this landmark anniversary of one of the world’s greatest franchises.

Shirley Bassey at The Sound of 007 in Concert
Shirley Bassey at The Sound of 007 in Concert. Picture: Getty Images

"The Hall has forged an indelible association with 007 over many years and we are delighted to help them celebrate."

The concert featured a number of artists who have been involved in the Bond franchise over the years.

As well as headliner Dame Shirley, it was curated by five-time Bond composer David Arnold and featured Garbage performing their own 007 theme 'The World Is Not Enough'.

Also at the concert and backed by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra conducted by Nicholas Dodd, Ella Eyre covered Gladys Knight's 'Licence to Kill', and Paloma Faith performed Tina Turner's 'GoldenEye'.

James Bond producers Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli said: "Music has always played a vital role in the success of the 007 series.

"Over the 60-year history, we have been blessed with the extraordinary talents of legendary composers and artists who have created the most powerful and moving musical contributions to our 25 films.

Daniel Craig as James Bond
Daniel Craig as James Bond. Picture: Getty Images

If you were unable to get to the concert, worry not.

The entire thing will stream on Amazon Prime Video as part of the streaming platform's celebration of Bond's 60th anniversary.

You can also watch an 88-minute documentary about the music of James Bond, also called The Sound of 007.

The Royal Albert Hall has a strong history when it comes to special screenings of Bond films.

It hosted the World Premieres of Die Another Day, Spectre, Skyfall, and most recently, No Time To Die.

In recent years, the Royal Albert Hall has put on incredible screenings of movies backed by a live orchestra, including film concerts of Casino Royale and Skyfall.

Dame Shirley Bassey at the Royal Albert Hall
Dame Shirley Bassey at the Royal Albert Hall. Picture: Getty Images

It makes sense that they're doing the same as part of their James Bond celebration.

Casino Royale will be shown In Concert on Thursday, November 17 at 7.30pm. Skyfall will be shown on Friday, November 18 at 7.30pm.

Spectre will be shown on Saturday, November 19 at 2pm and 7.30pm, and again on Sunday, November 20 at 1.30pm.