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Thomas Newman Scoring SKYFALL!

Greetings! ScoreKeeper here with a bit of news which broke last week but was only recently made official. Stalwart 007 composer David Arnold will be tied up as musical director for the 2012 London Olympics so SKYFALL (2012) director Sam Mendes is turning to a trusted collaborator to compose the music. For the first time since 1997 somebody other than David Arnold (five films) will be composing a score for a James Bond film.

Thomas Newman was assigned the mission!

I'm a tremendous fan of Thomas Newman and am super-intrigued by this appointment. When I interviewed him a couple of years ago I asked him why he hadn't yet tackled any big-budget action flicks. He had an interesting response....

"The thing about action movies is unless you have a real visionary director, the music for action movies is very… there’s a real requirement. It’s really required to do things and in that requirement often times I think you run out of room for personality. You are really making things exciting. Often though, not always, you have to resort to devices to do that.

Action movies are just not something that I longed to do. I guess if something came along like THE MATRIX (1999) or something that was so stylized…that would be a real fun kind of movie to score."


I think his requirement of needing a "real visionary director" is being fulfilled with Mendes at the helm. I've always felt that Newman is one of the more cinematically diverse composers working today and this new appointment will give him a chance to flex his muscles and show a side of himself he may not yet have had the opportunity to reveal. I was already interested in seeing Sam Mendes' SKYFALL. I'm even more enthusiastic to see a Sam Mendes SKYFALL scored by Thomas Nemwan. Bravo!



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  • Jan. 9, 2012, 9:59 p.m. CST

    Wow, really

    by dead youngling

    Snore! Actually, I like him

  • Jan. 9, 2012, 10 p.m. CST

    WallE and A. Beauty scores were great.

    by dead youngling

  • Jan. 9, 2012, 10:01 p.m. CST


    by Box_Bruceleitner

    Loved the work he did on Road To Perdition, that was masterful.

  • Jan. 9, 2012, 10:06 p.m. CST

    This could turn out to be one of the best James Bond movies ever

    by Sardonic

    or one of the most disappointing James Bond movies ever. I'm hoping for the former.

  • Jan. 9, 2012, 10:13 p.m. CST

    Great news!

    by Cyrus Clops

    Been a fan since I heard his score to "Oscar and Lucinda," so I'm pretty pleased to hear this. Guaranteed purchase on my end.

  • Jan. 9, 2012, 10:13 p.m. CST

    Anything would be better than Quantum of Shite

    by Kill List Hammertime

  • Jan. 9, 2012, 10:19 p.m. CST

    Can not wait for this movie

    by Bass Ackwards

    Everything about this movie sounds so great, which means I'm probably over-hyping myself but I don't care, can not wait!

  • Jan. 9, 2012, 10:19 p.m. CST

    Randy Newman scoring SKYFALL!

    by Doctor_Strangepork

    The new Bond Theme will be a reworking of "Short People."

  • Jan. 9, 2012, 10:26 p.m. CST


    by eloy

    fuck, no. american beauty? jarhead? road to perdition? revolutionary road? serviceable at best, nothing visionary about sam mendes in my opinion.

  • Jan. 9, 2012, 10:28 p.m. CST

    When I first glanced, I thought it did read Randy Newman! Lol

    by Mandolorian

    That would suck.

  • Jan. 9, 2012, 10:37 p.m. CST

    Randy Newman is Pixars only mistake

    by prunkhaft

    His horrid music ruins anything.

  • Jan. 9, 2012, 10:40 p.m. CST


    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Newman has NEVER tried a big action movie before, but at least with a trusted collaborator behind the camera, he won't have his music mutilated by test audience or studio execs. But, will Newman have any say in the title song? Will he write it and/or utilize it in the underscore?

  • Jan. 9, 2012, 10:46 p.m. CST

    His score for Meet Joe Black was amazing

    by BadMrWonka

    One of my favorites ever. Listen to this and tell me this isn't the work of a great artist:

  • I've known since June....Sam and I talked about it and I said I am very much of the opinion that a director should have who they want

  • Jan. 9, 2012, 10:54 p.m. CST

    You AICN guys need to start reading /Film.

    by JuanSanchez

  • Jan. 9, 2012, 10:57 p.m. CST

    Family Guy perfectly ripped off Randy Newman

    by Mattman

    Hate his dopey voice.

  • I don't like this news at all. Has Newman ever scored an action picture?

  • Mind exploding. Yes, Carter Burwell would be PERFECT for a Bond movie. Thomas Newman... not so much.

  • Jan. 9, 2012, 11:18 p.m. CST

    Thank the f christ

    by Manatee

    David Arnold's scores have been like white noise. I've long since resigned myself to the fact that no one will ever beat John Barry, but Arnold's efforts have been extremely disappointing. Good to have some new blood.

  • Jan. 9, 2012, 11:25 p.m. CST

    Opening credits song should be done by...

    by Crobran

  • Jan. 9, 2012, 11:33 p.m. CST

    but that last score...

    by rogerdodger21

    i've always been a fan of newman, but that score for "the help" was like the score of a lifetime tv movie. usually he adds a dimension of melody and artistry (or at least pomp) to make otherwise pretty straightforward american films (shawshank, american beauty) sometimes sound better than certain scenes deserve, but it sounds like he just gave in to the soft cheese of the film. it actually pulled me out of the film before the overbearing story did.

  • Jan. 9, 2012, 11:36 p.m. CST

    Wow, I guess I'm in the minority on this one...

    by slder78

    Usually I agree with most talkbackers on everything on this site, but I am NOT a fan of Thomas Newman. While I liked Wall-E, there was a period when he scored "American Beauty", "Six Feet Under", and "Pay it Forward." All I could think was, "Dude, you know there are like 80 other keys on a piano. Try them out. In different beats and combos." There's personal style and then there's lack of imagination.

  • (Didn't realize that hitting Return would submit my comment) U2 could maybe pull it off, and they're one of the few big names that hasn't done a Bond flick. Massive Attack could be interesting. Or we could reunite Duran Duran or A-Ha.

  • Jan. 9, 2012, 11:43 p.m. CST

    Let Newman write the song

    by Mike Behr

  • Jan. 9, 2012, 11:49 p.m. CST

    Title Song

    by Mike Behr

    All of the great Barry scores had motifs relating back to the title song. Thunderball and Living Daylights had two title songs. I wish they gave Giacchino a shot, but T. Newman is a strong choice. Let him write the song and tie it into the score like Barry did. It made for some great scores. It also gave each film it's own flavor.....the one thing missing from the David Arnold scores.

  • Jan. 9, 2012, 11:53 p.m. CST


    by BadMrWonka

    Meet Joe Black. Seriously. Maybe he gave a few moviesshows what they wanted, when they wanted that minimalist piano vibe, but he's legitimately a really good composer.

  • Jan. 10, 2012, 12:02 a.m. CST

    crisp_one, well, U2 has written a Bond song at least

    by Mattman

    GoldenEye was written by Bono and the Edge. But yeah, I think they'd be a good choice.

  • Jan. 10, 2012, 12:11 a.m. CST

    Adele for the opening song.

    by JediRob

    I would bet money.

  • Jan. 10, 2012, 12:12 a.m. CST

    MJB32007 - David Arnold DID Write A Song...

    by Cadillac Jones

    ...with a motif for "Tomorrow Never Dies" entitled "Surrender" and performed by K.D. Lang and it was a big orchestral, classy piece not unlike the Shirley Bassey collaborations with Barry, however, at the time the soundtrack deal was with A&M and since they were releasing they wanted a bigger name and pushed for their contracted talent - Sheryl Crow's hideous song...

  • Jan. 10, 2012, 12:15 a.m. CST

    Wow. WOW.


    Can't wait.

  • Jan. 10, 2012, 12:16 a.m. CST

    GTFO - I disagree, as IMHO...

    by Cadillac Jones

    ...Jerry Goldsmith is the king of the score mountain with John Williams second. Elfman might be a strong third but man, I do love me some John Powell and David Arnold...

  • Jan. 10, 2012, 12:25 a.m. CST

    Cadillac Jones-David Arnold song

    by Mike Behr

    Yep...know the story. Loved Surrender, especially K.D. Lang. Awesome. Got stuck in the back of the film, not unlike Barry's and Hynes' song for Living Daylights.....the end title was far better than the title song.....too bad. Same thing happened to the best song in the entire series. "We have all the time in the world" got buried in the middle of the film and never got the chance to be the hit that it should have been.

  • Jan. 10, 2012, 12:33 a.m. CST

    MJB32007 - Yeah, WHATTITW was a classic...

    by Cadillac Jones

    ...but man, John Barry just grabbed you by the throat with that lyric-less intro piece! I'll defend "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" as the best Bond film forever! Everything was perfect in that film! Also refreshing was a Blofeld / Archenemy that wasn't just shouting orders safely from his lair, but that he actually got out in the field and led his men and was pro-active in eliminating the hero.

  • Jan. 10, 2012, 12:49 a.m. CST


    by Cyrus Clops

    Good call. I can totally see them going for Adele. She could bring that new-old sound I think they had been hoping Winehouse would provide for Quantum.

  • Jan. 10, 2012, 1:17 a.m. CST

    Groovy! Excited to see what Newman does with it.

    by bravogolfhotel

    My personal fantasy choice for a Bond composer is Howard Shore, but this should be interesting.

  • Jan. 10, 2012, 2:08 a.m. CST

    Who cares?

    by Aurora

    Unless someone mentions it, I forget films HAVE scores. Fuck scores. Only Lina Minelli fans give a shit about a film's score.

  • Jan. 10, 2012, 2:09 a.m. CST

    LIZA Minelli damnit!!!!!

    by Aurora

  • Jan. 10, 2012, 2:14 a.m. CST


    by slder78

    I respect your opinion. It's just when I sat in the theater to watch "Road to Perdition" (another movie which he collaborated with Mendes I believe) his score took me out of the movie. It was too similar to what I had heard before. Thank goodness I was too young to notice the similarities between the "Krull" and "Star Trek II" scores by Horner. Otherwise Khan wouldn't hold such an esteemed place in my head.

  • Jan. 10, 2012, 2:16 a.m. CST

    Rumor is that Adele WILL perform the title song.

    by Aragorn742

    I'm a fan of Newman and am interested to see what he will come up with. I met him a few months ago at a grocery store in Pacific Palisades, CA. I approached him and told him I was a fan and really admired his work. He was very surprised that I recognized him and thanked me for the kind remarks. Very nice man.

  • Jan. 10, 2012, 2:57 a.m. CST

    Should've been Giacchino

    by Ruddy Heck

    The Incredibles was the best 60's Bond score that never was. Bond needs some of the swagger back that Michael Giacchino's music brings - especially after QOS.

  • Jan. 10, 2012, 2:58 a.m. CST

    Plus Sharon Jones for theme song

    by Ruddy Heck

    Will never happen though.

  • Jan. 10, 2012, 4 a.m. CST

    Sorry guys, my site scooped you on this days ago...

    by ChickenStu Better luck next time AICN.

  • Jan. 10, 2012, 4:27 a.m. CST

    I like his WALL-E score. I won it on AICN!

    by Ricardo

    Weird choice, but Bond scores aren't too difficult. He will stick to the opening song chords, and the Bond theme song.

  • Jan. 10, 2012, 4:30 a.m. CST

    Being the first person...

    by Bass Ackwards post a link to another website's story isn't scooping,its just...well its pretty much nothing really. Its even less relevant to post something like that when the article here itself already says this story broke last week. And this article gets a bump on the relevance scale since it actually has an interesting take on the story, being that the author had an interview with Newman that provides a bit of insight to the story, where every other article just says Newman on Bond.... Newman's other work... So fail on trying to credit yourself and fail on trying to slight ScoreKeeper.

  • Jan. 10, 2012, 4:34 a.m. CST

    Thank Christ ARNOLD's finally out

    by melonman

    Let's get back to decent Bond music, and maybe, just maybe, another killer song.

  • Jan. 10, 2012, 4:53 a.m. CST

    This just in!

    by NightArrows

    jaygarnham is a twat!

  • Jan. 10, 2012, 4:55 a.m. CST

    His Scores for 'Gung ho' and 'Jumpin' Jack Flash' were...

    by Nick Sadler

    ... huge parts of my childhood - of course I didn't know it was him, but recognised some phrases and themes in the Shawshank redemption and green mile Scores, and looked at his back catalogue. Sure enough there they were. .. Mega - I'm overjoyed.

  • Jan. 10, 2012, 5:10 a.m. CST

    David Arnold, wrecking Bond scores since 1997

    by kwisatzhaderach

    Arnold is nothing more than a third rate John Barry clone, he's totally shit!! Why on earth Barry recommended him to Barbara Broccoli i'll never know. Very much looking forward to Newman's score, perhaps he'll give us the first great Bond score since Barry's swansong The Living Daylights back in '87. THAT is a fucking awesome score.

  • Jan. 10, 2012, 5:19 a.m. CST

    I'll keep an open mind

    by jasper Stillwell

    I must admit if felt like on the last couple of Bond flicks that Arnold was starting to settle down a bit. His scores seemed less over-orechestrated and hectic and he was starting to approach a more Barry-like minimalism. There were moments in both (the under-rated) QoS and Casino Royale that could have easily been taken from a late 60s/early 70s Barry score. And let's face it, anyone trying to do something different to that kind of thing will always come off as an ass. Arnold recognises this entirely. Barry's the real 'author' or continuity within the Bond movies. Conti, Hamlisch, Martin and Legrand all have done great work for these films but their work somehow never feels totally 'Bond-ian'. I have to say the jury's still out for me on Mendes, too. Whenever a 'quality' director is brought in this can often mean 'misfire'. There is an implication here that somehow he'll 'elevate' the films and that misses the point could mean trouble and we could end up with something no one loves. Micheal Apted and Lee Tamahori were similarly feted, remember. Martin Campbell seems to be one of the few contemporary directors who really gets what the series is all about.

  • Slumdog won a ton of Oscars for no good reason at all --- the lazy way that Oscar voters vote. All you need to listen to is the music cue called "Eve" on the "Wall-E" soundtrack. It's barely a minute long but it is beautiful. And Newman's score for "The People vs Larry Flynt" was pretty damn good too. Not hummable by any means but certainly appropriate for the movie.

  • Jan. 10, 2012, 5:23 a.m. CST

    Skyfall will be the best Bond film of 2012. Maybe.

    by jawsfan

  • And as great as Barry was, the results produced some terrific variety (Live and Let Die, The Spy Who Loved Me, License to Kill). Admittedly, Bill Conti's score in For Your Eyes Only seems way too dated for the time the movie was released. I liked Goldeneye's unique score, but I think my opinion is the minority. And as much as I like these scores, I wouldn't have wanted those composers to return for encores. Those guys just offered a nice change of pace, something other than the usual. Hopefully Arnold will at least do every other Bond film from now on.

  • Jan. 10, 2012, 6:05 a.m. CST

    Re: Eric Serra's score for "Goldeneye"

    by ChickenStu

    Someone on a Bond forum said the track "Ladies First" sounded like R2D2 having sex! Sums it up perfectly I think. Serra fucked that score up. Just look at the casino scene where Bond is exchanging innuendos with Xenia Onnatop. What should be a playful and funny scene, is let down by Serra's moody, downbeat tune in the background. Almost ruins the movie. Seriously. However, when Serra has the right project he's great. You can't knock any of his work with Luc Besson.

  • Jan. 10, 2012, 6:05 a.m. CST

    This is terrible.

    by MikeTheSpike

    I've been a massive Arnold fan since I first heard his TND score more than 14 years ago. To think he's been replaced by a snore like Newman! I could live if this is a one-off, but if this signals Arnold's departure from the series, it's a huge letdown.

  • Jan. 10, 2012, 6:14 a.m. CST

    David Arnold's best Bond work is "Tomorrow Never Dies"

    by ChickenStu

    Come on, even people who don't like Arnold much can't knock that one. He perfectly channels Barry and puts a modern spin on it aswell. His music in the pre-credit sequence is downright stunning. He doesn't let that movie down once. His score for "The World Is Not Enough" was OK, if a bit too muscular. Sadly his work on "Die Another Day", "Casino Royale" and "Quantum Of Solace" isn't particularly memorable at all. Maybe the series does need a bit of new blood. I thought the best choice would've been Michael Giacchino - who delivered a very 60's Bondian score for "The Incredibles" and also did excellent music for two "Mission: Impossible" movies. That dude knows spy thrillers. But still, I'm very interested to have a listen to what Thomas Newman does.

  • Jan. 10, 2012, 7:11 a.m. CST

    the cast list alone suggest that this film

    by emeraldboy

    be at least dramatic. finney, bardem and dench are very good actors. and sam mendes started his career in theatre and was up untill the end of the 1990's director of the the donmar warehouse theatre in the uk. can he handle action. that remains to be seen will mendes give bond a retro feel. very modern but at the same time very sixties feel in a mad men sort of way. or go the way of Tinker, taylor, soldier spy.

  • Jan. 10, 2012, 7:27 a.m. CST

    I've always been a a bit 50/50 on filmscores

    by Flibbertygibbet

    The amount of times I've watched a film and just thought 'why the hell is there music here?'. Often it takes me right out of the film. we just accept it as an integral part of the artform, without really questioning it. Do some films benefit from it? Of course. Are there some scores that are beautiful works of art in their own right? Absolutely. I jut find it amusing the idea that if even a casual moviegoer were to watch a film without music, they'd feel something was wrong. Of course, Bond is Bond.

  • Jan. 10, 2012, 7:34 a.m. CST

    A Preview of Newman's score for Skyfall...

    by m_prevette

    Plink plonk...rattle rattle ...CLONK.... All that minimalist BS is awful. He did do a nice Golden Age pastiche for The Good German, so my guess is he'll ape John Barry throughout the score

  • Jan. 10, 2012, 7:53 a.m. CST

    She's gonna breathe on it foist

    by smackfu

  • Jan. 10, 2012, 7:58 a.m. CST

    Skyfall is becoming too good to be true

    by ZoeFan

    This can't possibly live up to the hype can it? I hope so.

  • Jan. 10, 2012, 8:14 a.m. CST

    Thomas Newman's best score: Revenge of the Nerds

    by Pat


  • Jan. 10, 2012, 8:32 a.m. CST

    Oh for fucks sake.....

    by Grace_Panda

    Pay attention Mendes, I said 'GARY NUMAN'!

  • Jan. 10, 2012, 9:07 a.m. CST

    t would make aExisting song tha kick-ass Bond theme

    by Lou Stools

    Siouxsie And The Banshees - Kiss Them For Me...Hell, the name even sounds like a Bond title. Someone needs to create a Bond-like montage of nude silhouettes to that song and stick it on You Tube.

  • Jan. 10, 2012, 9:11 a.m. CST

    I got an existing song that could be a Bond tune for ya!

    by ChickenStu

    "Sleep Is Impossible" by Deluka! That tune RAWKS!!!

  • Jan. 10, 2012, 9:19 a.m. CST

    Fuck this- if you had said Trent Resnor I'd be shitting myself.

    by UltraTron

  • Jan. 10, 2012, 9:22 a.m. CST

    Can't say I'm crazy about his choice

    by seasider

    I mean I like Thomas Newman's work but his scores are always simplistic but catchy melodies not the big bombastic orchestra-like scores that Bond movies often call for. Someone like Michael Giacchino or even Danny Elfman would've made more sense in my opinion.

  • Jan. 10, 2012, 9:24 a.m. CST

    re: bitching about Serra's GOLDENEYE

    by Alan Smithee

    That's called counterpoint, a rarely used but effective way of playing the subtext of a scene (Bond trading innuendos with a crazy sycho bitch, while in a beautiful Monte Carlo casino) - not the surface. Do you realise how lame music underscoring the humour would have been? Come on, surely you've heard Michel Legrand's NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN? Serra's hits mood perfectly, as does throughout most of the score. Far more "Barry-esque" in its subtlety than anything David "throw everything at the wall and hope some it it sticks" Arnold's done.

  • Jan. 10, 2012, 9:30 a.m. CST

    BS about John Williams

    by Alan Smithee

    Zimmer more experimental than Williams? What are you smoking dude? Go listen to IMAGES, BORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY, JFK, NIXON, SLEEPERS, CLOSE ENCOUNTERS, THE LONG GOODBYE, MUNICH, MINORITY REPORT, MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA, THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE, and heck, even the atonal underscore in his franchise work (STAR WARS, JURASSIC PARK, INDY). John Williams was doing crazy avant garde shit (a la Penderecki and Takemitsu) when Hans Zimmer was going through puberty.

  • Jan. 10, 2012, 10:10 a.m. CST

    the talkback is becoming the online version

    by emeraldboy

    of statler and waldorf.

  • Jan. 10, 2012, 10:11 a.m. CST

    For people thinking Newman can't "catch" action...

    by Nasty In The Pasty often did John Barry's music really relate to what was going on in the Bond movies? He would usually just play THROUGH the on-screen action with a self-contained three or four-minute cue, instead of Mickey-Mousing every little action beat (like David Arnold has done to the detriment of his overall scores). All the way up through The Living Daylights, Barry would just create a sort of "mood" cue for even the most intense action setpieces. Newman may not have a traditional "action" movie to his credit, but he has a similar style of playing THROUGH scenes instead of the kind of "GAHHHH, LOOK OUT...!" style Arnold specializes in. I choose to remain cautiously optimistic.

  • Jan. 10, 2012, 10:14 a.m. CST

    everybody knows someone...

    by emeraldboy

    who doesnt know very much but will jump on any mistake. and pick that mistake apart to justify to them that everyone else is stupid and they are not. talkback is becoming like that. we all know better then the filmmakers. say talkbackers.

  • Jan. 10, 2012, 10:17 a.m. CST

    this is the opening of catch me if you can..

    by emeraldboy

  • Jan. 10, 2012, 10:34 a.m. CST

    I thought it was confirmed that Adele is doing the title song, no?

    by Orbots Commander

    She has that old style jazzy voice that Amy Winehouse had, but you know, with less heroin.

  • Jan. 10, 2012, 10:48 a.m. CST


    by Kill List Hammertime

    Go fuck yourself. Again.

  • Jan. 10, 2012, 11:27 a.m. CST

    newman yes

    by mr. smith

    I find Newman's more orchestral pieces to be very reminiscent of Barry. great news.

  • Jan. 10, 2012, 11:57 a.m. CST


    by frank

    That was supposed to be a Seinfeld impression. Also, Randy Newman is awesome.

  • Jan. 10, 2012, noon CST

    This News is a week old but the Newman Comment is fresh

    by MattHooper

    Thanks, guys.

  • Jan. 10, 2012, 12:07 p.m. CST

    Wait..... what?

    by Norman Colson

    Who's thomas newman??? Why not hans zimmer, michael G, or steve jablonsky!!!! OMFG imagine jablonsky on a bond movie. how epic is that!!!

  • Jan. 10, 2012, 12:16 p.m. CST

    music in film

    by electraglide

    Often thought it odd that some filmmakers try and make a film so realistic, so hell bent on being authentic, yet they are happy to put music over a scene... no matter what shit happens in my life I never get an accompanying musical score!

  • Jan. 10, 2012, 12:18 p.m. CST


    by Norman Colson

    your not cool like shaft to get his own theme music.

  • Jan. 10, 2012, 12:24 p.m. CST


    by frank

    ''no matter what shit happens in my life I never get an accompanying musical score!’’ That’s weird. You must not be doing it right. Seriously though, you raise an interesting point.

  • Jan. 10, 2012, 12:29 p.m. CST

    HAve always wondered what Jerry Goldsmith would have done...

    by ZodNotGod

    No one beats Barry. Arnold is decent. Looking forward still.

  • Jan. 10, 2012, 12:30 p.m. CST


    by electraglide

    Shit, it normally takes someone to meet me before coming to that conclusion!

  • Jan. 10, 2012, 12:31 p.m. CST

    Amy Mann is good choice for the title song...

    by ZodNotGod

  • Jan. 10, 2012, 12:33 p.m. CST


    by electraglide

    I like a good film score as much as the next uncool guy, but it does seem to be the one element of a movie that seems sacrocanct... I might be wrong but didn't even films like Festen have a score?

  • Jan. 10, 2012, 12:52 p.m. CST

    Duran Duran approached

    by GQSioux

    Not too long ago, Duran Duran's current producer let it slip that they may be recording another Bond theme. Not sure if that panned out or not.

  • I always prefer the classic theme to the specially commisioned 'songs' . I'm glad Newman's involved, maybe he'll have a score that enhances the movie, much like Zimmer and Howard have with the Batman movies.

  • Jan. 10, 2012, 1:17 p.m. CST

    There is a "James Bond sound"...

    by Vlad the Inhaler

    ... and it's a Bond film composer's job to create it. John Barry's classic scores cast a long shadow over the series, but that's what James Bond movies are supposed to sound like. Brass choir, lush strings, urgent percussion, twangy guitar, melancholy flutes, Stan Kenton-esque trombones and trumpets. The traditional "James Bond Theme" can be beat to death and should be used sparingly, but it SHOULD be used. David Arnold has done a sterling job for the past five films, by subsuming his own "artistic" leanings and doing the job he was hired to. (Eric Serra did not when he scored GoldenEye, which is why chunks of the movie had to be rescored by anonymous studio hacks.) Hopefully, Thomas Newman will bring his talent and passion for film music to the job, but also his understanding that this is factory work, to be performed within specifications.David Arnold's score for Quantum of Solace, his most mature work to date, is a great example of what a talented composer can bring to the project, while still coloring inside the lines. I'm looking forward to SKYFALL as much as any other 007 geek, but the troubling phrase "talented bombing" keeps occurring to me each time I read about which artiste has been brought on to the show.

  • Jan. 10, 2012, 1:20 p.m. CST

    Only one choice for the song.

    by TommyGavinsEgo

    Noel Gallagher. The fucker's as good as already written it anyway. England expects, Mr G.

  • Jan. 10, 2012, 1:26 p.m. CST

    Ennio Morricone

    by Boone

    is still alive and working, right? Why hasn't he done a James Bond score yet? Something tells me John Ottman would love to do a James Bond score. He's a huge John Barry fan. And Muse needs to do a Bond theme. Seriously. They kind of already did one—"Butterflies and Hurricanes".

  • Jan. 10, 2012, 1:27 p.m. CST

    And it better not be Adele.

    by TommyGavinsEgo

    Music to ride car park lifts to. The fact that Adele is a huge "musical" draw and Sarah Millican makes a decent living as a "comedian" in the UK is proof that there's far too much money in the hands of middle-class housewives. They're both a bit tubby and therefore unthreatening and achingly, desperately "inoffensive".

  • Jan. 10, 2012, 1:43 p.m. CST

    Nothing to do with the Olympics

    by penhapus

    David Arnold would have happily done it; Sam Mendes' choice entirely.

  • Jan. 10, 2012, 2:33 p.m. CST

    Thank God!

    by MegaBaz

    I've commented before on my hatred of David Arnold's Bond work, so this is great news. Frankly, I'm amazed at the level of support that he still enjoys for his instantly forgettable 007 scores - i've enjoyed his work elsewhere, but on the Bond series which has contained some of the most famous movie music ever, his shabby John Barry 'tributes' are a real low-point of the last five films. Frankly, in the last twenty years the only decent Bond film has been Casino Royale - imagine if it had had a John Barry score instead of another pile of nothing by Arnold. I hope this marks his permanent departure from this once great series - in Mendes we trust? Pass the fucking asparagus Blofeld!

  • Jan. 10, 2012, 4:46 p.m. CST

    Eh, if they're not bringing back Brosnan

    by Mugato5150

    then Meh. Slap whatever stylized chick song to your Bourne movie that you want.

  • Shut up. You know you love that song.

  • Jan. 10, 2012, 5 p.m. CST

    never in a Bond film, meant to say

    by P

  • Jan. 10, 2012, 5:34 p.m. CST

    The best Bond song was The World is not Enough

    by Mugato5150

    by Garbage. Sexy, sultry. They should have put Shirley Manson in the opening credits.

  • Jan. 10, 2012, 5:41 p.m. CST

    Is the Adele thing set in stone?

    by Ribbons

    I guess it's the closest they'll get to having Amy Winehouse do a Bond song now, but Adele seems kind of... eh. Florence + The Machine would be a more interesting choice.

  • Jan. 10, 2012, 6:02 p.m. CST

    TWINE best Bond song? You fucking like that shit?

    by ChickenStu

    Wow. That's a first!

  • Jan. 10, 2012, 11:24 p.m. CST

    I won't lie, I liked Garbage's TWINE...

    by Cadillac Jones is not however the best. Of the "modern" Bond songs, hands-down I'd say "You Know My Name" by Chris Cornell is the best. Also - this Bond had better fucking have the Gun Barrel opening or I'll be mighty pissed!

  • Jan. 10, 2012, 11:26 p.m. CST

    Speaking of the Bond Gun Barrel...

    by Cadillac Jones

    ...I heard they shot one for Never Say Never Again. The music is on the score. Any footage of it?

  • Jan. 11, 2012, 4:40 a.m. CST


    by johnnyrandom

    ...was every bit as good as Casino Royale and Marc Forster is a FAR superior director to Martin (yawn) Campbell. Bitch and whine all you like, deep down you know it to be true.

  • Jan. 11, 2012, 4:42 a.m. CST


    by johnnyrandom

    Seriously. They sure like picking bland fucking singers, don't they? Fucking ADELE? Jeez. Someone give 'em Anna Calvi's number, quick...

  • Jan. 11, 2012, 3:28 p.m. CST

    Hopefully they don't both suck

    by GetMeAn18ManFireTeamIn12Hours

    The Bond flick and the Olympics I mean. But that London 2012 logo looks like shit.

  • Jan. 11, 2012, 3:41 p.m. CST


    by GetMeAn18ManFireTeamIn12Hours

    Tomorrow Never Dies also had two title songs in effect, and the score was based on the one that wasn't chosen for the intro (kd lang's). Still don't understand why they went with Sheryl Crow's version for the title and used kd lang's for the credits. </b></b>Had no idea Thunderball had two themes.