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Dale Sams February 18 2013 06:13 PM

Skyfall soundtrack
 
First I'd like to lobby for a section called "Star Trek (and other tv and film) music"

When I saw that Thomas Newman was doing the music, I was delighted...but after seeing the film, I thought any Newmanisms were buried under 'standard action film music'. Personally I don't think it even exceeds "Casino Royale", which at least has a few identifiable themes that resonate. I understand Newman's score was nominated (and won) some awards...maybe I should give it another go.

SchwEnt February 18 2013 07:20 PM

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FWIW... I own all the Bond soundtracks and have known and enjoyed them for decades.

I understand Newman is a well-regarded score composer.

But as I enjoyed many aspects while watching SF (the acting, writing, direction, cinematography, sound, etc) the one notable omission was the music. Having watched it in cinema multiple times, I cannot recall one outstanding musical moment (aside from the Bond theme during the DB5 reveal and that doesn't count).

Even thinking back now, I can't recall any music from SF aside from Adele's title song.

Every Bond should have a memorable score, even if it's a bad one. Skyfall is the only Bond I know (and I know them all) where I don't remember any particular music from the film.

Is it just me?

Dale Sams February 18 2013 08:25 PM

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I'm listening to some tracks now on Youtube...definitly can hear the Newmanesqueness, but overall I think they could have used a motif to tie it all up, and too much aping of Arnold in the action sequences.

Starkers February 18 2013 08:44 PM

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I'd agree it could have used Bonding up in places, but overall I like it, I have the CD and there's quite a few tracks I really like, especially some of the London centric ones, and Shanghai ones too.

CorporalClegg February 18 2013 09:50 PM

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Personally, I didn't care for it and thought it was one of the weaker Bond scores. For one thing, half the cues where CR retreads. It seemed uninspired to me.

Dale Sams February 18 2013 11:50 PM

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FWIW: My fave Bond soundtrack is OHMSS.

SchwEnt February 19 2013 12:32 AM

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^^^ OHMSS is outstanding. Excellent in the film, fantastic on its own, that's a Bond score.

MickJo1701 February 19 2013 12:57 AM

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OHMSS is my favourite film of the series and has the finest score in my opinion too.

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SchwEnt wrote: (Post 7699573)
But as I enjoyed many aspects while watching SF (the acting, writing, direction, cinematography, sound, etc) the one notable omission was the music. Having watched it in cinema multiple times, I cannot recall one outstanding musical moment (aside from the Bond theme during the DB5 reveal and that doesn't count).

No its not just you :techman: I agree also, its a great film but it needed a David Arnold score, I really hope he's back to do the next one. I don't understand finishing the film by re-using the last cue from the end of Casino Royale either.

CorporalClegg February 19 2013 01:00 AM

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Dale Sams wrote: (Post 7700779)
FWIW: My fave Bond soundtrack is OHMSS.

Mine too.

JarodRussell February 19 2013 01:02 AM

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I don't like the scoring of most action scenes, they sound pretty bland and generic to me, but I like the rest of the soundtrack very much.


I love John Barry's scores, especially OHMSS, AVTAK and TLD.

I also hope that David Arnold returns, and gets back to his Brosnan Bond style scoring, which was VERY Barry-esque.

Starkers February 19 2013 10:11 AM

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Another vote for OHMSS, and I love The Living Daylight's soundtrack.

I dunno, at times I thought Arnold overdid it "Bond goes to the loo, cue 007 riff, Bond buys a newspaper, cue 007 riff" but then he went too far the other way with Casino Royale!

But what do I know, I quite like the Goldeneye soundtrack :p

Lonemagpie February 19 2013 11:30 AM

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I'm not a newman fan so this was a little better than most of his stuff for me, but still a vast downstep from Arnold's average (though QoS was a disappointment from him) - it needs an Arnold re-score

JarodRussell February 19 2013 10:20 PM

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Starkers wrote: (Post 7702333)
But what do I know, I quite like the Goldeneye soundtrack :p

I thought the soundtrack was what almost ruined the film. ;)
GoldenEye would be the film I'd love to see/hear rescored by David Arnold.

Lonemagpie February 19 2013 10:33 PM

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JarodRussell wrote: (Post 7704379)
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Starkers wrote: (Post 7702333)
But what do I know, I quite like the Goldeneye soundtrack :p

I thought the soundtrack was what almost ruined the film. ;)
GoldenEye would be the film I'd love to see/hear rescored by David Arnold.

Me too. (and nsna)

Though the musique concrete "Goldeneye overture" is genius - the way it builds the Bond theme out of disparate elements - but it works better as a standalone piece and the actual scoring within the film is rubbish.

(This is usually about the point where I tell the story of attending an MGM press do in 1997 and asking the studio rep if Serra was doing TnD - Arnold hadn't been announced yet - and the rep said "no, he's ruining The Fifth Element for us this year.")

Starkers February 19 2013 11:08 PM

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Well watched Skyfall again tonight and have to say I still don't really have a major problem with soundtrack, in particular I like a lot of the motifs that revolve around M.


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