v Whenever a new James Bond movie and score come out I’m afraid I will have too many thoughts and I will talk too little about the music. This franchise means so much to me and I am very passionate about it. Now that the movies have recovered from the mess of the Brosnan area, […]
When “Skyfall” was announced it was one of the most anticipated movies for me. The first two Daniel Craig Bond films had been spectacular, he had breathed new life in the franchise and I was ready for another great ride. Sam Mendes, the director of “American Beauty” and “Road to perdition” had taken the helm […]
“Casino Royale” was a revelation and the thunderous reboot of the James Bond franchise. As it stands right now that’s still my favorite Bond movie and my favorite Bond score. It was tough for both Daniel Craig and David Arnold as composer to follow that up in “Quantum of solace”. This second movie was a […]
Sigh… This movie… for me, “Die another day” is the epitome of “so bad it’s good”. I shouldn’t even joke about it being good but the truth is I do smile and watch it every time it comes on, ridiculous and absurd as it is. And even if the James Bond franchise has had its […]
“The world is not enough” was the third James Bond movie starring Pierce Brosnan. As I’ve said before, his movies almost ruined the franchise for me and, what’s even worst, the movies declined in quality year after year. This being the third one, it’s also the second worst. And even so I like to watch […]
“Tomorrow never dies” marked the first time David Arnold wrote a score for a Bond movie. Just like the title character was played by a few actors, each with his own appeal and qualities, so the scores benefitted, after John Barry, from another composer who took the helm and wrote 5 of them. Different from […]
“Diamonds are forever” has another one of the most memorable Bond theme songs. Shirley Bassey unique voice gives John Barry’s music and Don Black’s lyrics just what they needed to turn into a powerful ballad. It is also one of the more easily recognizable and both the song and the title became part of popular […]
The James Bond franchise has known its fair share of controversies. Some movies are universally acclaimed, other are very polarizing. Many of the movies create passionate discussions among fans and critics alike and this is one of the pleasures of being a James Bond fan. And then there are the very few outings which many […]
I haven’t seen “Octopussy”. This is one of the few Bond films I still haven’t gotten around to. Roger Moore’s second to last outing as the famous secret agent had him fight a wealthy afghan prince who was selling jewels and relics from the Soviet government. This turns into a plot to use a nuclear […]
Among James Bond movies, “A view to a kill” is one very special to me. It’s the first James Bond I ever saw and it was one of the very few video tapes we had at home and watched over and over again. I grew up amazed by how strangely Grace Jones looked and impressed […]
“On her Majesty’s secret service” is one of the most special and talked about Bond movies. It’s the only one where Australian model George Lazenby played the part of the famous agent and it is one of the most polarizing movies in franchise history. Many dismissed it because of the main actor and his lack […]
“You only live twice” is the fifth James Bond movie and the first to almost completely discard Ian Fleming’s source novel for a completely new story. It also marks the first appearance of Ernst Stavro Blofeld and was thought to be at the time Sean Connery’s final outing as our favorite secret agent. The story […]
“Dr. No” is one of the most important movie if history. I am not kidding. This is the movie that started it all, the first James Bond adaptation for the big screen. For film music, this movie is equally important because this was the launch of one of the most famous themes in movie […]
Legend has it that “The voice” himself, Tom Jones, fainted in the record booth after singing the final , high note from the theme song of “Thunderball”. I actually believe that, knowing Tom Jones and how involved he is in everything he sings. I couldn’t have imagined the Bond world without his thunderous voice over […]
John Barry’s “Goldfinger” is a score I always gladly come back to
The appeal of this score comes more from the fact that it’s the first one from the 11 that John Barry wrote
..“The living daylights” score has aged very well compared to a lot of Bond scores. It’s still a pleasure to listen to it and enjoy John Barry’s timeless and wonderful compositions. ..
...James Bond’s journey in this origin movie, from reckless and inexperienced blunt instrument, through a tragic and intense love story rarely matched in his life since then, to the James Bond we know who appears in the final moments of the movie, is mirrored perfectly in the themes of the score....
…you’ve rarely experienced a more pleasant sensation…no, you don’t hear harps, but lots of magnificent strings and discrete choral arrangements that go on forever…here somber, here subdued, here so intense and beautiful that you almost feel your eyes welling up with tears...