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Thomas Newman Scoring Skyfall?
No David Arnold this time...

05 January 2012  |  Written by James White  |  Source: MI-6

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Thomas Newman Scoring Skyfall?

While there has been no official word from the Bond camp just yet, it would seem that Sam Mendes is truly looking to put his own stamp on the 007 franchise and Skyfall, with news site MI-6 reporting (via The Playlist) that he's hiring regular collaborator Thomas Newman to take over scoring duties from current composer David Arnold.

Arnold has been in charge of the Bond musical sound since he was recommended to Tomorrow Never Dies director Roger Spottiswoode by 007 legend John Barry. Since then, he’s worked for every director up to Quantum Of Solace’s Marc Forster. He’s been credited with helping to modernise the franchise, bringing a trademark blend of orchestration and propulsive synthesised work.

While it’s surprising that Mendes would have brought someone new in given the producers’ control of most Bond elements, it’s not tough to see why Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli would have given him the okay to hire Newman. The composer has worked on all of Mendes’ movies bar Away We Go and he’s a veteran of everything from Pixar (Finding Nemo and Wall-E) to Soderbergh, and a wide variety of others, including The Shawshank Redemption and last year’s The Help.

If this pans out, colour us intrigued to see what he can bring to Bond and co. With Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, Albert Finney, Naomie Harris and Ben Whishaw all in the cast, Skyfall is shooting right now and will be out on October 26.

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Still very-not-sure about a thoughful middle-brow like Mendes having the wit, imagination or spirit for Bond, (it's like putting a choreographer in charge of Pirates of the Caribbean IV) but Thomas Newman's complex melodies & haunting orchestrations have a very strong echo of John Barry, and this could be a masterstroke. More

Posted by Frank Comiskey at 18:02 on 06 January 2012 | Report This Post

An Alternative Choice
Might I throw, on his behalf, the hat of BEAR MCCREARY whose work on the reimagined "Battlestar" touches genius time and again both in terms of battle/action cues and more romantic themes. More

Posted by FirstContact at 17:09 on 06 January 2012 | Report This Post

One Off
during the classic bond era composers who subbed for john barry only got one chance to compose and did not return. will newman buck the trend? More

Posted by spark1 at 14:03 on 05 January 2012 | Report This Post

And Thomas Newman is one of the best composers in the business, and his work for Sam Mendes films is superb. This change of pace is a good thing, it prevents Bond from being too stale and familiar. Also, look at the stuff David Arnold is coming up with, the TV theme for BBC's 'Sherlock' is brilliant. More

Posted by boredbluekoala at 12:39 on 05 January 2012 | Report This Post

Wrong choice
Whether or not Thomas Newman was cast because David Arnold was too busy, nevertheless I think it's a wrong choice. You cast a composer like you cast an actor. Newman is utterly brilliant composer, but for intimate melancholy dramas, not for brash, blazen Bond! Arnold should be the go to guy, and Casino Royale proved with the right film he's magnificent. Newman's Iron Lady score is loud and fuzzy, and I think him trying to do action music is his weakness. If you want action maestro who can do pat More

Posted by oliraceking at 11:56 on 05 January 2012 | Report This Post

As long as he actually does some form of the Bond theme I'll be happy. Don't get me wrong, I love Newman's work, but he's know for his more, shall we say, "relaxed" scores. I hope he spices it up a bit for this, especially with it being a Daniel Craig outing. More

Posted by Whistler at 11:42 on 05 January 2012 | Report This Post

The producers and the studio want Arnold. The problem is that he will be very busy this year (he's the musical director of London 2012) and is simply unable to score the film. Newman isn't a safe choice for a Bond movie but he is Mendes' regular composer so I'm cautiously optimistic... More

Posted by jojoruck at 11:40 on 05 January 2012 | Report This Post

Arnold is one of the Bond stalwarts I can do without, so I commend the decision to bring some fresh blood into the franchise in this area as well. What I don't understand is why Sam Mendes seems to be hugging German national football team manager, Joachim Löw, in the photo. More

Posted by Manfrendshensindshen at 11:38 on 05 January 2012 | Report This Post

I do like Arnold but I absolutely love Newman's scores for Wall-e and Lemony Snicket. He has a very recognisable style. More

Posted by DaveC at 10:50 on 05 January 2012 | Report This Post

I do like Arnold but I absolutely love Newman's scores for Wall-e and Lemony Snicket. He has a very recognisable style. More

Posted by DaveC at 10:48 on 05 January 2012 | Report This Post

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