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And re the above from Otto NIlsson, it's very telling thata fans are writing better music than the actual filmmakers these days!
I really appreciate the kind words. It really warms my Swedish heart :)
I am actually writing the score for our own James Bond fan film that will be out in a less than a month.
These are some snippets from the soundtracket (including the original title song that I've written together with the singer):
OST Preview # 1: https://youtube.com/watch?v=F5GIm1IM5vM
OST Preview # 2: https://youtube.com/watch?v=4R0772x5dc4
OST Preview # 3: https://youtube.com/watch?v=l3PWwdLFQ4g
Title Song: https://youtube.com/watch?v=SZ98QQdFKHo
I was really hoping that SPECTRE got a really 'bondbastic' soundtrack, and Newman has shown some promise in a few tracks, but fails to really give it his all and instead copies and pastes a lot of cues from Skyfall, which I would be ok with if they weren't THE SAME DAMN RECORDINGS from Skyfall's soundtrack.
Overall I'd give it a 7.5/10. It's a great score, however some tracks, particularly the action tracks like 'Snow Plane', would benefit from a more coherent melody.
Have to say I am loving it so far. Going to wait until seeing the film tomorrow for the full score, but so far, so excellent.
Close enough to be though. A few twieks here and there.
This is the most the Bond theme has ever been presented in the Craig films, it's been increasing with each film. Heck, it's about used as much as it was in GOLDFINGER when you think of it.
I think it was used more in Skyfall to a degree. But It was used quite a lot in Goldfinger. The PTS, When Bond introduces himself to Jill, Solo being taken to the Junk yard. I haven't listened to the score in a while but Goldfinger's is one I'm not much of a fan of anyway.
You're right @minorMajor9th but they're so similar that if I didn't listen to them side by side, I would've retained my earlier statements.
With the exception of the aforementioned bass beat, this is very reminiscent of a classic Bond score (up to 0:15). Take 1 part Bond theme, 2 parts title song chorus (let stir - not shake - in orchestra for 30 seconds).
Jokes aside, one of the things that made Barry's scores brilliant were not the Bond theme itself, but the incidental uses of the film's individual title theme as a score (one of the reasons Thunderball trips me up a bit every time I watch it - so much of it is based on the Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang title theme that some of the film's continuity is lost on me, subconsciously)
Excellent analysis. Agree with all of it based on my own listening.
1 Los Muertos Vivos Estan
Awesome high intensity with enough Bondian references and superb percussion
2. Vauxhall Bridge
Subtel and beautiful, again feels very much like a bond film with the little woodwind flourishes
3 Eternal City
First half sounds like a Harry Potter Score
Second half sounds dark and foreboding. And a times a little like the closing chord of A Day in the Ligfe of SGT pepper
Dark and Atmospheric
4 Donna Lucia
Lush Strings and orchestration sounds like the most Barry track thus far. Rather beautiful
5. Place without Mercy
sounds very Skyfall from the off. Thats OK with Me. Empire Strikes back sounds quite a lot like Start wars. Hardly worth inclusion on the CD though
Again a very Newman Bondian interpretation. I like the fact that he references the original theme both rhythmically as well as melodically. Its rather generic, but I love the brass flourishes around 50 seconds. More of this would have been good to these ears. A super inclusion of the theme and repeated brass around the 2.05 - 2.50 is the best part of the score so far. I guess they will push the more bounden parts of the score to the forefront during the film. Does then sound very like Skyfall for the rest of it with trademark Newman atonal strings and brass.
7. Crows Kilink
Bit of a misstep. Nice enough but sounds just like the shower scene from SF
9. Pale king
10 KIte in a Hurricane
Very atmospheric. A bit avante garde for casual listening, but will work well in the context of the film
Sounds like a cut and paste of the opening PTS of SF.
More purely SF music. Opening sounds like i am in a spa. Though the last 20 seconds is nice
SF Music once again of discernible interest. Getting a bit reptitve now.
More generic Newman Bond music
16 Silver Wraith
Forgetable generic Newman Bond music
Forgetable slower generic Newman Bond music
18 Day of the deal
Finally after what seems like a lifetime a change in pace. Interesting.
19 Tempus Fugit
Forgetable faster generic Newman Bond music. It directly references something from SF, but i can’t place it.
20 Safe House
More generic Newman Bond music. I feels like I’ve heard this chord and rhythm 10 times so far.
21 / 22
Forgetable faster generic Newman Bond music
The title suggests some race against the clock. Thankfully Newman is here to score this exactly the same as every other action cue.
A refrain of the Bond them isn’t enough to hide the fact that Newmans approach to this score is to stick fast atonal strings and bar long brass chords over a consistent minor bass line
25. Turned off after 30 seconds
Well you can see my change in mood as it went on. Started off as a defender / fan. Bit bored by the end as there is no descendible difference in tracks 11-24 save tempo.
Maybe he isn’t a composer to listen to in isolation - his description of the approach he takes to scoring would suggest that. Thats ok though. The music isn’t written to be viewed aside from the film first and foremost. I do like his style, but maybe 100 mins of it out of context isn’t the best arraign for it. It should work well with the images though.
As a soundtrack album 4/10
As a score with the film 7/10
Although As i heard the SF score after i saw the film I think the reason i like it is because the music conjures up the scenes in the film. Maybe Spectre will be like that. Although i do think SF is melodically much stronger.
I feel pretty similar to this, too. It occasionally perks up and has its moments of lushness, but the empty air and tonal wallpaper atmosphere of the majority of the tracks, in the later half especially, made the album a chore to listen to.
The Bond theme is used more on Spectre than it is on Skyfall?
1. Newman's fantastic combo (will make sense once you actually hear it) gunbarrel cue.
2. his own (!!!!!!!) short instrumental arrangement of Writing's on the Wall that appears in the film
@Fitzochris Fits in perfectly. I may be over excited but I iust love this film. It's my new 10/10. Great job to the whole team of SP. They really tried and did make it better than SF for me :) :) :)
Can't wait to see it again