Thomas Newman to score Skyfall, Eon says

Thomas Newman will score Skyfall, the 23rd James Bond film, Eon Productions said on an official Web site.

You can read the announcement BY CLICKING HERE. It reads in part:

Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli today announced that composer Thomas Newman will score the 23rd James Bond film, SKYFALL. “We are delighted to confirm that Thomas Newman will score SKYFALL. Thomas is one of the most respected and successful composers, he has a long history of working with Sam Mendes and we look forward to welcoming him into the Bond family,” commented Michael. G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli.

Said Newman today, “I’m incredibly excited to be working with Sam again. It’s a real thrill to be able to collaborate on something as special as a Bond movie.”

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Newman takes over musical duties from David Arnold who is currently Music Director of the London Olympic and Paralympic closing ceremonies. David will continue to be involved with the 50th anniversary of Bond and recently produced the John Barry Memorial Concert at the Royal Albert Hall.

Said Arnold of the news: “I’m a huge fan of Thomas Newman so I am as excited as anyone to see where Sam Mendes and his team take James Bond on his 50th anniversary.”

Thus, the Bond series will have its first new composer since Arnold composed the score for 1997’s Tomorrow Never Dies. The move ends a streat of five straight 007 films with Arnold as composer.

Arnold commented on his Twitter feed, saying the move had nothing to do with Arnold’s commitment for composing music for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London:

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@friskywhiska directors choice,,,he’s worked with Tom on all his films
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@tenpig I agree.but I didn’t turn it down to do the Olympics….it’s Sams choice and I think the right choice for him.
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@Belles_Aunty I always said I would do them as long as they ask.if they ask for next one I will do it.

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