I recently saw the impressive new Bond film with my parents and was completely taken with the film score by David Arnold. So much so that I felt compelled to purchase it. In my view, with this superb CD, David Arnold has produced some of his finest work to compliment one of the best Bond movies.
The brass and percussive hues that burn throughout the score are mesmerizing. From the opening track, 'African Rundown' which is a near 7 minute epic of percussion and African drums mixed in beautifully with the rest of the orchestra. Another epic track is the explosive and grand piece called 'Miami International'.
Other favourites of mine are 'Solange', a short but memorable piece, 'Stairwell Fight', 'Vesper' and possibly 'Death of Vesper'. The end track is the favourite theme of Bond in 'My Name is Bond...James Bond'. What a way to finish off the film and also this outstanding CD. I've only listened to it all the way through once, but I will listen to it some more. This is one of my favourite film soundtracks I've listened to. It has raw power in the opening track with the percussion rhythms and flare moving on through the emotional side of Bond to the fire and passion of 'Trip Aces' and the epic expanse of 'Miami International'. This track is impressive, powerful and runs in at a staggering 12 mins 40 secs.
What we have here is possibly one of the best film scores of the year so far. David Arnold's Casino Royale is engaging and brilliant. Out of all his scores for the Bond films, I would quite easily say that this one is his best work by a long way. It fits in effortlessly with the film and, like Daniel Craig as Bond, is very smooth and cool. I know that it doesn't feature the Bond song by Chris Cornell, but don't let that detract from this brilliant recording. A hit.