Bond misses David Arnold

edited October 2012 in Music Posts: 6
Having just watched Skyfall, as good as it is, I can't help but feel it greatly misses the Arnold effect.
IMO Casino Royale was the best Bond score ever and Skyfall would have benefited immensely.
Although JNH has produced some excellent scores in the past, If he picks up an award for this, I will consider it movie politics. Rant over.
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  • Posts: 7,181
    I have listened to Newman's score it's ok not amazing
  • Posts: 10,700
    I haven't seen the film yet but I had predicted that people would say this.

    Come back David, all is foregiven!
  • Posts: 7,181
    Getafix wrote:
    I haven't seen the film yet but I had predicted that people would say this.

    Come back David, all is foregiven!


    Lol I never thoughts I'd agree with you on something but yes Arnold come back!
  • Posts: 10,700
    Arnold hit his stride with CR i think. a decent effort.
  • The score was terrible!!!

    Bring back Arnold ASAP!!!!


  • I'll just leave this here...
  • Posts: 10,700
    sounds okay to me
  • Posts: 6
    MartinBond. The theme tune (your link) is fine.

    There are scores and there are scores. Arnold is the latter ;-)
  • Dr_MetzDr_Metz United States
    Posts: 401
    billy wrote:
    IMO Casino Royale was the best Bond score ever
    You must be joking.

  • DarthDimiDarthDimi Behind you!Moderator
    Posts: 16,667
    This isn't news. Moved to Bond music.
  • Posts: 7,131
    Dr_Metz wrote:
    billy wrote:
    IMO Casino Royale was the best Bond score ever
    You must be joking.

    You call that some sort of sense of humour???

    It is just a matter of not enough knowledge about movie music otherwise somebody would not even say that. Calling Arnold superiour to the Barry music says a lot about taste, even Arnold would call this person crazy.

  • DarthDimiDarthDimi Behind you!Moderator
    Posts: 16,667
    Agreed. David Arnold himself would not accept anyone calling his music better than Barry's.
  • edited October 2012 Posts: 2,782
    MartinBond wrote:


    I'll just leave this here...

    Watching it tomorrow - this sounds great very retro FRWL - love it.


    DA had lots of time to create a classic soundtrack - he missed it every time. Even SC said his music was human waste and he's knows a thing a two about classic Bond soundtracks.
  • Posts: 326
    Bond misses no one.


    And...


    Thomas Newman is MUCH better then David Arnold.
  • Posts: 127
    Kananga wrote:
    Bond misses no one.


    And...


    Thomas Newman is MUCH better then David Arnold.

    Disagree. Generic and soulless for a lot of the film unfortunately. It didn't destroy the film but it rarely enhanced.
  • X3MSonicXX3MSonicX At home waiting for Bond 25!
    edited October 2012 Posts: 2,622
    The most amazing - although obvious - thing is that David Arnold's soundtracks Would never combine and fit in any other past Bond movies. Try to hear any action song from Casino Royale while seeing Goldeneye or TWINE. It just wouldn't be that good.
  • Posts: 268
    I agree, Skyfall misses David Arnold, or any other soundtrack better than Newman's one. I already found Adele Song terrible. Newman's soundtrack does not succeed in giving a specific sound to the movie. We are lucky that the film is perfectly done, but a good music would have contribute to make the movie more homogeneous and give him more identity.

    Newman's score is not bad. It's just background music to the film (although it's not so bad during the Asian part). Bond deserves better ! A strong musical atmosphere is one of the key to the success of James Bond films. When the James Bond Theme was played during the film, I suddenly realised how important the gap was between Newman and its predecessors. It lacks personality and ambition. It's a pity really, because I really like the soundtracks he did for the other Mendes' films
  • Posts: 2,403
    billy wrote:
    Having just watched Skyfall, as good as it is, I can't help but feel it greatly misses the Arnold effect.
    Agree 100%

  • CraigMooreOHMSSCraigMooreOHMSS Dublin, Ireland
    Posts: 3,265
    Newman is the better composer overall but he missed the mark this time, only really getting into high gear in a very small number of cues.
  • edited October 2012 Posts: 11,995
    Newmans score was just a bit forgettable. Not bad, but not great either.

    I'd take most of Arnolds stuff over it.
  • MalloryMallory Are you ready to get back to work?
    Posts: 664
    I disagree.

    I thought Newman's score hit the mark on so many levels.
  • quantumofsolacequantumofsolace England
    Posts: 279
    I'm very disappointed with Newman's score. Much of it is bombastic, crash-bang-wallop music. It's sounds like every other contemporary action score unfortunately. I've been a fan of his for many years and know he can do MUCH better than this. As can David Arnold, of course.
  • MurdockMurdock Mr. 2000
    Posts: 15,763
    David, If you are reading this, make a score as epic and breathtaking as your scores for Tomorrow Never Dies and Die Another Day. That would bring an epic punch back into Bond Music. :)
  • David's score for CR was he best work. He dropped the ball slightly on QOS but then he can only work with the quality of the film put in front of him.

    Newmans score just felt like incidental background music and didn't seem to fit the film. The scene with the 3 lynx helicopters and the cheesy take on the bond theme made me cringe. However the scene with bond,M and DB5 had a nice score
  • MurdockMurdock Mr. 2000
    Posts: 15,763
    RyanKint wrote:
    David's score for CR was he best work. He dropped the ball slightly on QOS but then he can only work with the quality of the film put in front of him.

    Newmans score just felt like incidental background music and didn't seem to fit the
    film. The scene with the 3 lynx helicopters and the cheesy take on the bond theme made me cringe. However the scene with bond,M and DB5 had a nice score

    Spoiler Tags please! gah, I'm out.
  • Posts: 1,223
    I missed Arnold in Skyfall. It would have been nice to hear some of Arnold's Barry nods, which Newman failed to do in Skyfall.
  • billy wrote:
    Having just watched Skyfall, as good as it is, I can't help but feel it greatly misses the Arnold effect.
    IMO Casino Royale was the best Bond score ever and Skyfall would have benefited immensely.
    Although JNH has produced some excellent scores in the past, If he picks up an award for this, I will consider it movie politics. Rant over.

    JNH (James Newton Howard ?) didn't write the score. It was Thomas Newman. And after watching the film I thought the music suited the film perfectly. Although I am sure that DA would have provided a very good score aswell...
  • Posts: 229
    Newman's score is a success because it doesn't stand out and steal the show, it blends in very well with the images.
  • Arnold does some quite nice Barry pastiche tracks but he is badly let down by his action scoring which is loud, aimless and dull. He also fails to give each film an individual voice. His music is interchangable from film to film to film. Five films is enough. Time to move on.
  • JamesCraigJamesCraig Ocean Club, Bahamas.
    Posts: 1,423
    I love most of his Bond-soundtracks. Seeing that he couldn't work on Skyfall as he was busy for the olympics, I have good hope he'll be back.

    Not that the music in Skyfall bothered me, but it was a bit "non Bond-spy thriller"-like.
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