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This review is from: Casino Royale (Audio CD)
Unbelievably, this soundtrack does not contain the opening title track. Admittedly, we are told this on the cover of the CD but only in very small type.
Anyway, it seems to me there are those film composers who write themes and leave it to the film's music editor to match shot to music; and then there are those film composers who match music themselves directly to each shot. The former is a bit of a dying breed, it seems, but Vangelis is a good example; David Arnold falls in the latter camp. (John Barry did both.) The problem with the latter approach is that one is only rarely provided with a memorable theme, so from a purely musical point of view Arnold's soundtracks are not very interesting. With regard to `Casino Royale', take `Miami International' as an example. It's all very energetic and very exciting, but the lack of catchy recurring themes makes the music structurally unsatisfying.
Having said that, the main theme itself - although absent in its original Chris Connell version - does explicitly appear in a re-arranged format in at least four tracks, and Vesper has her own theme that occurs in at least two. Her theme is very Barry-esque. I also enjoyed the `Dirty Martini'.
This CD is very generous in providing seventy-five minutes of music from the movie. Tracks vary in length from a mere twenty-eight seconds to almost thirteen minutes. It is noted that the very good orchestration was done by Nicholas Dodd, who should at least be given equal billing with Arnold.