I don't think David Arnold gets enough appreciation around here so I decided to create this thread in his honor. Having scored five Bond movies, Arnold is the second longest serving composer to score Bond films. And let's not forget that he was vouched for by the master himself John Barry.
Tomorrow Never Dies:
Arnold's first and best score. (In my opinion.) Brings all the perfect ingredients for a great Bond score. A perfect use of the Bond theme, use wonderfully through the film. He also brings some techno elements for the scenes in Hamburg and Eastern elements for the scenes in China. A perfect mix of Classic Bond music with his own touch. A perfect Bond soundtrack.
The World is Not Enough:
Another fine score from Arnold with up'd techno and electronic elements, but that's not necessarily a bad thing, but he did go a bit overboard I must admit. He brings another great use of the Bond theme with Caviar Factory and Come in 007 your time is Up. His melodies for Elektra dominate the score in very positive ways. A great continuation of his Bond career.
Die Another Day:
Arnold's third score and probably my favorite of his. The techno elements have been toned down and we have a more Asian oriented sound and given a great motif with the films villain Moon/Graves. The action music in this film is also very exciting and gets the suspense going with style with excellent tracks such as Hovercraft Chase and Ice Palace Car Chase. I really love how the Bond theme is woven into both of those tracks. A good listen for driving to places.
A new sound for a new Bond. Casino Royale is Arnold reinventing himself here. The techno elements are gone except in the Miami Airport chase scene and were given a good mix of ambiance and atmosphere. Licence2Kills gives us a chilling piece of music that starts off almost hauntingly with his most tense and suspenseful music to date. Really shook me up when I first saw this movie at age 15. The Bond theme is used very sparingly. Since this is a reboot and Bond's first adventure, we get to see Bond mature and earn it. A great score as good as Tomorrow Never Dies.
Quantum of Solace:
Arnold's last score to date and one of his most subtle scores. The Bond theme is almost non existent here except for the end credits and the introduction of Fields. He brings in a new style here of eastern instruments with electric guitars thrown in making for a new and fresh sound. This score features some wonderful tracks as Night at the Opera and What's keeping you awake.
I do hope Arnold returns to the Bond family one of these days as his music is missed. By me anyway. Any other Arnold fans out there?