As the world’s most famous spy celebrates 50 years as a movie star, the time has come to celebrate everything we love about him. In 22 blog posts, I’ll find something in every Bond movie, from Dr. No (1962) to Quantum of Solace (2008), that’s worth illustrating. Yes, even the bad ones.
As in the previous film, one of the perks of the nineteenth chapter of this franchise was David Arnold’s music score. He supervised the music for five of the Bond films (Thomas Newman replaced him for Skyfall) and he was definitely a worthy successor to John Barry, always balancing the traditional sound of Barry’s scores with modern influences. The only weakness he may have had was a tendency to allow his feelings to influence his work too much. Well, that’s my theory at least, since his Die Another Day score is so inferior to Casino Royale; it’s as if Lee Tamahori’s film disappointed him greatly and Martin Campbell then came along and made him fall in love with James Bond all over again. Anyway, the clip above puts Arnold’s music front and center. An excellent example from the film, although my favorite from the score is a thrilling piece titled “Pipeline”.
My 2002 review of The World Is Not Enough.