Posted by: SolarisLem Date: Wednesday, May 9, 2007, at 1:24 p.m. IP Address: p548cfb63.dip.t-dialin.net
By the way: 'A Pleasant Drive through St. Petersburg' wasn't even used in the movie. As far as I know, the Producers didn't like Serras' Version, because it was too modern/ too much unlike Bond to be left in the finished Picture. As a result, the Scores' Conductor, John Altman, had to compose a replacement including Monty Normans' Theme and without any electronic effects. Sadly, it was not included on the album.
As far as my own view about this Score is concerned: I seriously like this Score... to a certain degree, that is. Its dark and brooding most of the time, and perfectly describes Bond as Professional Killer. It is sufficent for most Movies of this Genre... but the typical 007-Feeling is missing. The only exeptions are "We Share the Same Passions" (I love this track), "The Severnaya Suite" and the two apperances of the nice Love-Theme ("That's What Keeps You Alone" and "Forever, James") which have a certain amount of elegant Bond-Style. "Whispering Statues" has a mysterious feeling which is augmented by the solo Piano in the second half while the second half of "Dish out of Water" sounds menacing and bombastic at the same Time. Most of the other tracks are typical Serra-Underscore which can be heard later in 'The Fifth Element' Unfortunalty, Goldeneye is neither as good as his exellent Sci-Fi-Extravaganza, nor his best Score 'The Professional', which he composed the year before. It is good and entertaining (if you like Serras' Style) and I actually liked it more than Michael Kamens 'Licence to Kill' but both the last Bond-Score by Barry and the first from Arnold are superior.
Score as composed for a Thriller/Secret-Agent-Film: ***
Score as composed for a Bond-Film: **
Score as a part of Serras' Work: **