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As important as it will be for 'Skyfall,' as a Bond film, to be packed to the gills with sensational action sequences, it is equally important that it have the right score. Recently, the official James Bond website confirmed that 'Skyfall' has just secured a composer in Thomas Newman ('The Shawshank Redemption,' 'Wall-E'). Newman is apparently taking over musical duties for David Arnold who is now Musical Director of the London Olympic closing ceremonies and will continue to be involved with Bond's 50th anniversary celebration. This is Newman's fifth collaboration with 'Skyfall' director Sam Mendes; having previously scored 'American Beauty,' 'Road to Perdition,' 'Jarhead,' and 'Revolutionary Road.'
This really should come as no surprise to anyone. Newman is Mendes' favorite musical collaborator and has been responsible for helping create the emotional identity of almost all of his films. When looking at the list of films he has scored for Mendes, his appropriateness for 'Skyfall' may seem a bit suspect. However, after seeing 'The Debt,' a gritty spy thriller in its own right, and hearing Newman's outstanding score for that film, I have no doubt that he will provide the right musical accompaniment for 'Skyfall.' He's also one of the best composers in the business today, so that definitely helps. What will be interesting is how Newman incorporates the iconic James Bond theme into his composition. On a related note, if you have not yet been to the official, recently-revamped 007 website, I highly recommend it. You can also get the details on the mega Blu-ray set of all the existing James Bond films that was just announced.
What do you guys think? Do you like this choice for 'Skyfall' composer?
'Skyfall' drops November 9