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

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• Posted by: Scott   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Thursday, November 14, 2002, at 9:59 a.m.
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How the mighty has fallen. I don't feel David Arnold needs to ape John Barry to make a great score, but to abandon the orchestra and musical reason to give us this collection of disjointed techno crap is unfathomable. Leaning so heavily on a pop sound will serve to date the score and the film as much as Bill Conti's "For Your Eyes Only" and Marvin Hamlich's "The Spy Who Loved Me".

Using an orchestra properly would give the score that timeless quality that is needed to elevate a Bond film from the cookie cutter action films of today. We need more than Arnold, between the eletronic noise, relying too heavily on the 007 theme to remind us what we're listening to.

I pray the producers of the next film either give Arnold a break or ask him to please try to keep the music at least in the 007 genre. Or at the very least, keep the damned thing listenable. The electro-theme on track 2 is nothing more or less than what Moby provided for "Tomorrow Never Dies". It's a waste of time and effort. The original Monty Norman 007 theme was about a minute and a half. Why do these guys feel the need to stretch it out to 4 minutes? This is all sounding the same. Why is any of this better than what Eric Serra provided in "GoldenEye"?

Oh yes, the Madonna song sucks more than a veteran Las Vegas whore.

Nuff said.

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