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

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Die Another Day score
• Posted by: Cedric   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Friday, November 15, 2002, at 7:05 a.m.
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John Barry's music for the Bond movie Octopussy (the first op the series that I saw), got me interested not only in Bond music but also in filmmusic in general. Besides a growing collection of 007 music, I also got interested in the work of Christopher Young, Joel McNeely, Jerry Goldsmith, John Williams and many others. What's the Die Another Day score like compared with the earlier 007 scores and other filmmusic?

The title song is way too trendy, techno and contemporary for a Bond film. It suits the movies, like sneakers under a Brioni suit. Although the opening of the song is Bondian, the electronically distorted voice of the singer is quite disappointing, to say the least, and will make this song dated before DAD is released on DVD.

The rest of the score is - imho - not as bad as the reviewer wrote. I understand his arguments, and acknowledge that several 007 music enthousiasts will find the score too techno. The scratching sounds and electronic effects are more manifest than in The World Is Not Enough and while listening to several themes I thought 'it's okay, but for the next score, either Arnold has to return to a more orchestral approach or Joel McNeely should write the music'.

Howevere, there are still enough highly enjoyable themes, like the sunny salsa 'Welcome to Cuba' to the bold and double barreled 'On the beach'. The gun barrel music is really very involving, and will quicken the pulse of many Bond fans. 'Jinx Jordan' and 'Going Down Together' will both be very effective on the wide screen and on your own stereo. Arnold's romantic themes for DAD are an improvement over his earlier efforts for Tomorrow Never Dies and The World Is Not Enough.

All in all, it's not the best Bond score ever written and the title song indeed is disappointing, but it's far from the worst either. An interesting album and a must have for 007 enthousiasts.


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