Thomas Newman says he’s `brainstorming’ Skyfall score

Thomas Newman, the composer for Skyfall, told journalist Jon Burlingame that he’s “just brainstorming right now” what the score will be like. That implies (but doesn’t actually state) that music in the teaser trailer that came out this week won’t be part of Skyfall.

Burlingame, who writes for Variety and has done a book about James Bond music coming out, got Newman for a quick interview at the recent 2012 BMI Film & TV Awards. Here’s the interview:

Newman was selected by director Sam Mendes to score Skyfall because the two had worked together on previous films. That bumped David Arnold, who had scored five consecutive 007 films. John Barry and Arnold are the only composers to work on more than one film in the series produced by Eon Productions.

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5 Responses

  1. I don’t mind the fact that Newman is scoring this one as I’ve always liked his stuff, but I do hope that doesn’t mean the end of Arnold for future outings.

  2. I am just glad it’s not Arnold.

  3. could be interesting. When Barry was absent in the old days, something new happened, 1; it was usually good – 2; it forced Barry to reboot his style. I must confess that I grew tired of Arnold – his last two scores were very lame and void of life – especially Casino Royale, which I consider the worst Bond score since Dr.No. Maybe he’ll come back stronger when he returns. He didn’t reject working on Bond. He was overburdened – at least that was how I understood it.

  4. Then again, if this is the standard for Skyfall, it doesn’t matter. This is really borring to listen to.

  5. I hope It’ll be a good score. I think the scores for Daniel Craigs Bond-movies have been weak. Unfortunately. Casino Royale might be the worst Bond score since 1962 – The reason: It’s not melodic enough. It’s too minimalistic. It suits some movies but not Bond movies. I don’t mind the James Bond theme being somewhat absent, because that worked very well in the old Bond movies – In On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, Goldfinger, Diamonds Are Forever, Moonraker, The Soy Who Loved Me, For Your Eyes Only, A View To A Kill, The Living Daylights and GoldenEye we barely hear it – And it’s cool. A franchise shouldn’t exist because of one theme alone, but themes nonetheless – this is what Casino Royale did wrong. David Arnold is a damn good composer but I am looking forward to hear another mans vision for Bond instead.

    When will we have extended version of these soundtracks:
    1) The Spy Who Loved Me
    2) Octopussy
    3) A View To A Kill
    4) Licence To Kill
    5) GoldenEye

    A bonus if we could have “The Man With The Golden Gun” too, but i wouldn’t count on Dr. No, From Russia With Love and Moonraker and it’s okay I guess.
    The world Is Not Enough also has some great cues not present on the soundtrack. :/

    Burlingame has written a book on the subject – maybe one should read it

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