Soundtrack review: James Bond – Skyfall (Thomas Newman – 2012)

Soundtrack review: James Bond – Skyfall (Thomas Newman – 2012)

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 […]

Soundtrack review: Tomorrow never dies (David Arnold – 1997)

Soundtrack review: Tomorrow never dies (David Arnold – 1997)

“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 […]

Soundtrack review: James Bond – The man with the golden gun

Soundtrack review: James Bond – The man with the golden gun

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 […]

Soundtrack review: James Bond – Octopussy (John Barry – 1983)

Soundtrack review: James Bond – Octopussy (John Barry – 1983)

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 […]

Soundtrack review: James Bond – Thunderball (John Barry – 1965)

Soundtrack review: James Bond – Thunderball (John Barry – 1965)

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 […]

Soundtrack review: Casino Royale  (David Arnold, 2006)

Soundtrack review: Casino Royale (David Arnold, 2006)

...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....

Soundtrack review: Moonraker (John Barry, 1979)

Soundtrack review: Moonraker (John Barry, 1979)

…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...