Tomorrow Never Dies
After all the John Barry talk, we decided that 1997's Tomorrow Never Dies deserves to make it to the list, not just because its score was composed by the second-most prolific composer of Bond film music but because the guy who composed the score also happens to be composing for the new Bond film (in theatres November 7).
David Arnold proves he is more than capable of living up to Barry's legacy and does so rather cleverly, with just the right hint of Barry's own signature style. That said, Tomorrow Never Dies is easily one of the better movie soundtracks out there.
The original Bond theme, which was notably absent from the scores of the last two films, makes a comeback on Tomorrow Never Dies and how! Other contributions from artists like Sheryl Crow (Tomorrow Never Dies), K D Lang (Surrender) and Moby (James Bond Theme) will appeal to fans of late nineties pop.
However, even without the presence of these major artists, Arnold's work manages to pull the score into the modern era -- something that was urgently needed, especially after the rather bland Goldeneye soundtrack.
Company Car proves to be interesting rendition of the famous Bond theme and will appeal to any fan of the series. Other tracks like The Sinking of the Devonshire or White Knight are mostly standard fare with a notable inclination towards the earlier more successful style of Barry's work.
Paris and Bond has a romantic edge to it that would be out of place anywhere else, but somehow manages to fit in smoothly and co-exist with other pieces like the more techno-oriented Backseat Driver.
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