It is interesting to revistit David Arnold's first entry in the James Bond musical saga, "Tomorrow Never Dies," now that he is about to release his third score in the series,"Die Another Day." Arnold was given the rather daunting assignment of taking Bond into a new era but somehow create a musical bridge to the scores written by John Barry. He succeeded with what is now generally considered the best of the non-Barry 007 scores. Indeed, the full score, which sadly is only partially represented on this soundtrack recording, is one of the best of the entire series. The vocals are good, but they are also somewhat confusing. The song "Tommorow Never Dies-Surrender" is clearly the thematic basis of much of the score, but was not used as the title tune (it is presented over the end titles). Too bad, because aside from being an important part of the musical treatment, it is also the better song. The music for the pre-credit sequence, "White Knight," is a perfect example of Arnold's fine effort to both pay homage to Barry and put his stamp on Bond. It is a fantastic piece that integrates the traditional James Bond Theme, Barry's use of brass, and Arnold's new devices including his "Surrender" theme. After hearing this cue, I was sold on Arnold as the successor to Barry. Something closer to a full treatment of the score was later released by Chapter III Records (and is now out of print), but even it left out some cues. In two Bond scores Arnold has demonstrated dynamic skills in developing love themes, action music, dramatic cues, jazz and electronic interpretations. This is a worthy effort and leaves us wanting more from Arnold. The good news is that like James Bond, David Arnold will return.