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Everybody can hum the James Bond theme, but no one remembers the overtures to True Lies or Spies Like Us. Recent espionage themes just don’t have the staying power of the foreboding instrumentals that introduced spy movies and TV shows in the ’60s. One illustration of this music’s longevity is Secret Agent S.O.U.N.D.S., an accomplished collection of cloak-and-dagger tunes played by indie bands. Combustible Edison performs a faithful rendition of Henry Mancini’s “A Shot in the Dark” (best known as the music behind The Inspector); the estimable lounge act mimics the original’s rolling organ runs and bass-heavy guitar leads and adds a xylophone solo. Man…or Astroman? expertly handles Goldfinger, employing a distinctive soundbite intro and urgent, reverbed guitars. Finland’s Laika and the Cosmonauts—whose albums include the themes to The Avengers, The Ipcress File, and others—contribute a solid Mission: Impossible, marked by dueling Farfisa organ and lead guitar. Among the seven cover tracks are six original compositions that surprisingly hold their own. One superior example, Los Straitjackets’ “G-Man,” blends a palpitating, fuzzed-out background with a serene alto-range guitar lead. And the Huntington Cads recreate a vintage-Ventures surf sound in “Mr. Midnight.” Each band on S.A.S. projects a smooth, effortless air, strumming guitars as casually as Mrs. Peel disposes of a villain. —Ben Buja