24 Songs, 1 Hour 1 Minute


Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
54 Ratings
54 Ratings

The true successor to John Barry

This score truly cements David Arnold's succession to the Bond mantle that was so long held by John Barry. The score succeeds on two levels. First the subtle Bond undertones that clearly hark back to films such as You Only Live Twice and Goldfinger - defining orchestral pieces that were Barry's hallmark (Night at the Opera is a track in point - the slow orchestral build-up). Yet these references back to the 'Bond of Old' are interwined beautifully against grittier themes which are central to the new Bond so brilliant portrayed by Daniel Craig. The mix is superb. My only criticism is that the familiar Bond signature is missing. We had to wait until the end of Casino Royale to get it and it's a shame it is not included here. Call me a traditionalist but this is Bond's signature tune. I was lucky enough to meet David Arnold at the Royal Albert Hall this year and asked him if he would be using the traditional Bond motif in the new film. His response was that he had had this discussion with the producers. Well, the outcome is clearly evident....this soundtrack clearly carries Bond DNA but this is true David Arnold. I can't wait for the next one! Well done David...let us see how you handle the next Narnia film.

mark marten

Return of Bond!

Given the fact 007 has been around it has had to evolve.
Certainly the newer music for Bond movies is different from the 60's, when Goldfinger really made Bond theme songs stand out as it were.
The new soundtrack is not going to be to everyones liking but does fit in well within the confines of the movie.
I guess we all have our own expectations and would like certain things in every Bond movie.
I just find it hard to believe that in over 40 years the appeal of James Bond has managed to keep the world coming back for more.
Some movies were better than others, but in this turbulent world Daniel Craig has helped to give Bond a darker edge and a bit more grit.
Bond does go from strength to strength and in style!


Nobody Does it Better than David Arnold......

WOW! I never thought David Arnold could top Casino Royale but he did - and how !!! There are so many cues from classic John Barry Scores throughout this soundtrack (listen out for You Only Live Twice action cue in Tracks 20 & 21) and A NIght At The Opera (Track 9) is just brilliant - all this for just £5.99? Buy It Now !!!!! Well done iTunes....

About David Arnold

David Arnold is a film and television composer most recognized for his work in the James Bond franchise, with directors Roland Emmerich and John Singleton, and on the Sherlock TV series. Also a producer, arranger, and multi-instrumentalist, he's crossed over to the pop/rock realm to work with artist such as Damien Rice and Garbage.

Born in Luton, England, Arnold grew up with an interest in music and participated in school music ensembles and later played in bands, both through college. He learned composing and scoring largely on his own by volunteering to score student films at the National Film and Television School. After earning credit for several film shorts and documentaries, college flatmate and frequent collaborator Danny Cannon asked his friend to score his 1993 feature The Young Americans. In the process, Arnold co-wrote "Play Dead" with Björk, resulting in a British Top Ten hit for the film.

With a copy of his breakthrough soundtrack in hand, Arnold visited Los Angeles and secured an assignment to score Roland Emmerich's 1994 sci-fi adventure film Stargate. His dynamic score, which integrated Middle Eastern folk music and limited electronics into symphonic adventure fare, led to work on the subsequent Emmerich films Independence Day (1996) and Godzilla (1998).

In the meantime, Arnold was welcomed into the James Bond franchise for 1997's Tomorrow Never Dies, starring Pierce Brosnan. It included the song "Surrender," which was produced and co-written by Arnold and performed by k.d. lang. He was invited back to score the Bond films The World Is Not Enough (1999), Die Another Day (2002), Daniel Craig's debut Casino Royale (2006), and Quantum of Solace (2008). Among several other film and TV projects during the 2000s, Arnold also became a regular collaborator with director John Singleton, composing music for his Shaft (2000), Baby Boy (2001), 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003), and Four Brothers (2005).

Highlights of Arnold's screen work in the 2010s included The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, released in 2010, the Simon Pegg-Nick Frost feature Paul from 2011, and the popular BBC series Sherlock, which he co-composed with Michael Price. The show received individual season soundtracks by the Silva Screen label. ~ Marcy Donelson

Luton, Bedfordshire, England
23 January 1962




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