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2012’s Skyfall was the first James Bond film scored by Thomas Newman, who also soundtracked The Shawshank Redemption, Road to Perdition, Away We Go, and Finding Nemo. “Grand Bazaar, Istanbul” opens with an air of urgency as dramatic orchestral strikes bite and snap over a foreboding trill and hints of Eastern music tones. This is balanced by the following “Voluntary Retirement,” where soft brass arrangements swell and exhale alongside the gradual layering of skittering rhythms. In “Quartermaster,” the near-human voices of grainy woodwinds rub against the labyrinthine logic of looped electronic textures. Newman’s knack for injecting orchestral organics with elements of electronic music is prevalent throughout the Skyfall score—especially in the outstanding “Komodo Dragon.” There, the classic Bond theme song resonates through a grand orchestra, while off in the distance the pitter-patter of mechanized rhythms slowly builds and overtakes the movement in the middle. “Adrenaline” closes with Eastern-flavored electro kinetics.

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Another Bond Soundtrack Without the Title Song?

I don't think I care for this trend of needing to buy the theme song for a Bond movie separately from the rest of the soundtrack. With that said, I was at the premiere and found the soundtrack to fit the film, but am not sure it will hold up well on its own as just listening music. I'll go right in the middle on the rating until I have a chance to make it my own soundtrack and change as appropriate.

Skyfall The Original Soundtrack

As a whole the soundtrack was excellent and definitely had the Bond feel and intensity. The fact that the Title song by Adele was left out is an outrage but to put another song in the track #23 spot titled "Skyfall" is a huge misrepresentation both by Sony, MGM, Columbia Pictures and iTunes by not disclosing the title song was not included. Only on the back of the store bought CD you will find a very small disclaimer that the title song was intentionally left out. Bad business and done in poor taste to the Bond franchise, I guess "buyer beware" defines this experience.

Very fine work.

I don't often purchase film scores, but this one was of such high quality that I actually wanted to give it an occasional listen. Nice work -- I hope the same composer continues on with the Bond series!


Born: October 20, 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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Skyfall (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), Thomas Newman
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  • Genres: Soundtrack, Music
  • Released: Nov 06, 2012

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