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Album Review

The 2012 film Skyfall represented the 23rd time that James Bond had graced the silver screen, the third time that 007 had been brought to life by Daniel Craig, and the second time that the film's title cut didn't make the official soundtrack. Like Chris Cornell's contribution to 2006's Casino Royale, Adele's "Skyfall" was relegated to downloadable single status, allowing more room for the full score, which in this case was supplied by the talented Thomas Newman, while leaving unassuming listeners bereft of what was traditionally the initial selling point for most of the long-running franchise's soundtracks. Newman, the ninth Bond composer, stays true to the Daniel Craig-era penchant for swapping John Barry's iconic orchestral cues for loop-heavy yet appropriately moody and propulsive electronic elements that would have benefited from a lighter touch, which is surprising considering some of Newman's career highlights (American Beauty, Shawshank Redemption, Road to Perdition). That said, the occasional tips of the hat to the past ("Grand Bazaar, Istanbul," "Breadcrumbs") and some truly explosive ("Tennyson") and somber ("Voluntary Retirement") moments help to balance out the score's more rote passages.

Customer Reviews

Mr Thomas Newman, Bravo!

Thomas Newman's score for Skyfall is refreshing and different. Many Bond fans such as myself have been used to David Arnold, the past 17 years. Thomas brings innovation to being a James Bond Composer. His score is very interesting with subtle quiet sounds, to triumphant loud instruments. Mr Newman you have done very well at replacing David Arnold for this film, wish you can do Bond 24. Great Soundtrack 5/5 stars.

Pleasant Suprise

When I first heard that David Arnold wouldn't be composing the score for Skyfall, I was disappointed to say the least. Sam Mendes had decided to stick with his regular collaborator Thomas Newman. I wasn't a Newman fan at all, but I do have his score for The Adjustment Bureau, so I was almost determined not to like this. But in the end I decided to roll the dice and preorder.

Well I'm glad I did! At first listen I wasn't impressed, but after a few more it grew on me. Although there are a few stand out tracks, this is one of those scores that is better listened to from beginning to end. It also works well as ambient music for work and so on.


I saw the film the other night and the film plus the music was good in certain points of the film. Go and see the film if you haven't


Born: 20 October 1955 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Soundtrack

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

A second-generation member of Hollywood's preeminent musical dynasty, composer Thomas Newman carried on his family's legacy through a series of Academy Award-nominated film scores. He was born in Los Angeles on October 20, 1955, the son of Alfred Newman and the nephew of Lionel and Emil Newman, all three renowned composers and conductors from Hollywood's golden age. (Thomas' brother David also followed in the family business, as did their cousin, the sardonic singer/songwriter Randy Newman.) Thomas...
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  • $16.99
  • Genres: Soundtrack, Music, Original Score, Soundtrack, Rock, Classical
  • Released: 19 October 2012

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