Thunderball (soundtrack)

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  1. 1 2 3 4 5 contains the "James Bond Theme", originally composed for the Dr. No soundtrack
  2. 1 2 3 4 contains "007", originally from the From Russia with Love soundtrack

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  7. Kendall, Lukas Liner notes Thunderball CD
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  9. "Tom Jones's comments on the Thunderball song". Interview with Singer Tom Jones. Retrieved 10 September 2005.
  10. "Bitter Cinema piece on Johnny Cash's Thunderball". Archived from the original on 29 September 2007. Retrieved 20 November 2006.
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  13. "Songs, Bond Songs: The Music Of 007"


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RecordedOctober 1965
Label United Artists
Producer Frank Collura (reissue)
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