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Comments about the soundtrack for Die Another Day (David Arnold)

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Here's my opinion on the new Madonna theme
• Posted by: Chris
• Date: Wednesday, January 22, 2003, at 7:24 p.m.
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Well, l have held out commenting about this touchy issue for a while so l could see what other people think. After looking through numerous posts and replies there seems to be a common thread.

So many people who criticise this theme are looking upon it as a song composed for its own sake. They do not realise the music is there to compliment the movie, not detract from it. To appreciate this song fully, you must appreciate the context for which it was composed. My knowledge of opening Bond movie titles is poor at best but from memory they are primarily theatric with women dancing/floating around, etc,etc. Die Another Day is different - it is the only Bond movie l know where the opening titles are a real part of the movie - in this case, showing Brosnan being tortured by the North Koreans.

The music captures the essence of this torture theme perfectly. The music is sometimes disjointed, sometimes orchestral - it is great and has a wide repetoire. The lyrics suit the theme of the opening titles also. The timing of the music with the events in the torture sequence in the opening titles is superb.

It seems to me at least that most people who have watched the film have not really watched the opening titles all that closely to see Bond being tortured - simply looking at the opening titles as another typical display of women, guns and funny graphics.

And then there are people who just don't like the music full stop. Fair enough. My point is just to appreciate it in context. This sort of music is written to fit in with the movie - just watch any online video of Howard Shore trying to fit the theme of Lord Of The Rings - The Two Towers to the actual picture (although l appreciate Mr Shore's soundtrack expertise far exceed that of his female counterpart in Die Another Day).

I never used to like Madonna's music that much. If her Die Another Day theme had come out as a single, l would have been the first to think, "What the f-". But having seen the movie and letting it play out in my head when l hear the music, l am a fan, if only for one of her songs.

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