OHMSS is my favourite. A variety of strong themes, vibrant orchestration, beautiful melody and counterpoint thread through a score that is dramatic, moody, romantic, poignant and exciting. And lasting! A lovely Christmas carol that could work in its own festive right and a moving, beautiful song directly inspired by Fleming's writing "We have all the time in the world". I can't pick a favourite cue because the whole album is gorgeous. Lukas Kendall's sterling work on the reissue CD was much anticipated and his tiny little blurb on the CD case could hardly contain his excitement. I knew the feeling.
John Barry's music was once described as being to the Bond films what hair was to Samson. A lovely description when talking about music is like dancing about architecture.
TLD was a great return to from and my other Barry favourites are YOLT, DAF and MR.
I really like the Bond work of Martin, Hamlisch and Conti and even, dare I say it, Serra. I was never too keen of the late Michael Kamen's LTK score. Too florid, incoherent and reactive. All Bond composers who are not John Barry always suffer by comparison whether fairly or unfairly.
Arnold is to John Barry what Peter Lamont is to Ken Adam. Service-able, occasionally inspired (his songs with Don Black are highlights including the woefully underrated Only Myself To Blame by the legendary Scott Walker) but generally not thematically memorable or sustained.
John Barry could return but hopefully he will see Bond as a challenge and update the production as he did exquisitely well with TLD. However, Barry, like Ken Adam, probably do not want or need to go back to Bond and even if they did, and did not update their respective styles, it would not be appropriate for Bond now.
I think a lot of composers these days mix modern rythms and production techniques with orchestrations. However, definite melodies and themes that become part of the marketing campaign are not as prevalent.
I think you need a "star" composer to withstand studio/marketing intervention. Arnold could be good but seems to be somewhat second guessed by the powers that be. Leave him alone. Let him write some excellent songs with Don Black which would then be incorporated thematically in the score to form satisfying musical throughline.
Perhaps an updated version of "007" could occur in the future.
Edited by ACE, 29 July 2005 - 09:45 PM.