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OK actually John Barry wrote awesome music but it doesn't mean other people can not come along and try their hand at composing with different sounds.
Serra's score was different sure but so was the 90's compared to the 60's. Was it bad? Hardly. I was one of those younger Bond fans. I was 19. Since Remington Steel I rooted for Brosnan to become Bond. Here it was and he was a little bit of that Remington Steel charmer but had a swagger that was all Bond. John Barry's scores belong to the classic era Bonds. You certainly want to keep some connection in your scores to that time and Serra did that. I don't think there was any disrespect in his work towards Barry. That is the stupidity of fanatics who talk like that. Yes we get it the old guys are masters but after 8 zillion scores these masters lose their originality. Nor do younger composers have to be enslaved by their sound. Appreciate it, learn from it, even build on it but imitations are just that.
GoldenEye was a departure from the previous Bond film and the score's quirky modern vibe is part of the film's identity. It what sets it apart from other Bond films.
I own at least 10 Bond soundtracks including GoldenEye and its the one that produces a unique listening experience from the rest. Is it the best Bond score. No. In fact I do like David Arnold's work on the Bond films better, but Serra work is a welcome brief change in the series. Just as I appreciate Thomas Newman's score to SkyFall. I'm sure Arnold will have another crack at Bond but he doesn't have to do every Bond film nor does Barry's work have to permeate through every note of future Bond scores.