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I'll admit right away, I am firmly in the camp that has cringed through Arnold's work on three out of the five previous, John-Barryless films. Arnold's love of sequenced layers of percussive turmoil drowned out any semblance of melody and the James Bond theme was plastered on with a trowel at various moments when other ideas had obviously run out.
Thankfully, all this seems to be changing now. Casino Royale began a return to proper Bond form and Quantum of Solace has taken it still further. Even the wierd, faux Live and Let Die title song is properly referenced and included throughout, albeit as a variation.
It's really nice to see David Arnold getting more melody into the dramatic passages of his Bond scores. Not that it was totally absent before, but he did have a tendency not to stick with any one idea long enough for it to remain memorable. This may be slightly true of some portions of the action music in Quantum of Solace but it has to be said, this work stands head and shoulders above his previous efforts.
Bond is starting to sound like Bond once more.
Footnote: If I were David Arnold, given Eon Productions' erratic hiring tendencies, I'd now be worried for my job. Main title designer, Danny Kleinman did some of his best work on Casino Royale and was rewarded by getting dumped from this outing.
David Arnold brings some of the international flavours such as Bolivia and Haiti into the blend- there are even some panpipes at one point, but don't let that put you off- while retaining that distinctly Bond flavour. New themes for this film blend in with the recognisable Bond melodies and it's all extremely slick.
The theme song "Another Way To Die" by Jack White with Alicia Keys is not the strongest Bond theme tune, by a long way, but it is a bit of a grower and it's good that it's included (unlike on the previous soundtrack).
It would've been nice to have included a proper Monty Norman-style "James Bond Theme" on here for completeness (that famous "DADA! derrr... DADA! derrrr... DA-DA DA-DA DA!" bit is missing) but otherwise it's a brilliant soundtrack album.
The score itself is ok, serviceable and does have one or two flourishes here and there but by the time you get to the end you'll be itching to dig out that old "OHMSS" or "Living Daylights" score by John Barry.
Maybe David Arnold needs a break to recharge his batteries. I like Arnolds work but this is his worst Bond score yet.
A must have!!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wow a fantastic soundtrack that really touches your imagination and emotions setting the pace of this great Bond movie .Published on 15 Jan. 2014 by Andy Phillip Hatchett
great theme music to one of the best film franchises, can listen to the music and believe you are watching the film,great musicPublished on 22 Mar. 2013 by colinl