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

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Arnold do still need some more inputs before he is the right composer for a Bond film
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• Posted by: Mark Malmstrøm   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Friday, December 20, 2002, at 6:23 a.m.
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I was in a very sad mood when I found out that the gunbarrel for DAD are the traditionally John Barry opening.

When Arnold scored TND, a new era came to the Bond films when several Barry fans had to surrender them self to the new gunbarrel theme - the first 9 seconds in "WHITE KNIGHT". Arnold continued with the same gunbarrel-theme for TWINE (but this time it had a drum beat). However this is not the case with the DAD gunbarrel.

If we now look at the gunbarrels for the earlier Bond films - We will see a red line in all the films scored by John Barry. This are also the case as with the "James bond theme" in those film

John Barry scored bond theme in the films of Sean Connery with the guitar

The Bond theme in the film with George Lazenby was made by a syntheziser

The film with Roger Moore had a Bond theme composed for the strings/orchestra

The film with Timothy Dalton had the same gunbarrel as Roger Moore. A theme composed for the strings/orchestra - Included was a drum beat with made by an synthesizer in the theme as head in the film( I guess that John Barry couldn't find any more ideas of some new way to score the gunbarrel or maybe he just like the Roger Moore gunbarrel because the gunbarrel for TLD is as i said, the traditional Roger Moore gunbarrel).

You can check this out by looking at the gunbarrel at those film

1. You Only Live Twice
3. Diamond Are Forever

And finally

1. A View To A Kill
2. The Living Daylights

Giving the chance there was for David Arnold to score more than one Bond film it's a shame that he didn't maintain the gunbarrel theme he created for his first efforts TND, and included it for the DAD gunbarrel.

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