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    Default "Skyfall" theme song...

    The new theme for the upcoming James Bond movie is a bit like Diamonds are Forever or Goldfinger. And Thomas Newman's orchestra seems to capture more of John Barry's spirit, particularly the brasses. And once again, the title of the movie is a part of the song. I think it sounds neat:



    Now that the song is not atrocious garbage like the last one by Jack White and Alicia Keys. Now the final question remains: Will the gun barrel sequence be placed at the beginning once again? Or will they find some ridiculous excuse to put it at the end again?

    PS: Oh and Happy James Bond Day, everybody! (I had no idea this day existed. But wouldn't it make more sense to have it on October 7th? 10/07)

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    I heard it on the radio this morning.
    Lame-sauce. Didn't like it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Ü View Post
    The new theme for the upcoming James Bond movie is a bit like Diamonds are Forever or Goldfinger. And Thomas Newman's orchestra seems to capture more of John Barry's spirit, particularly the brasses. And once again, the title of the movie is a part of the song. I think it sounds neat:
    I like how the series tends to have a particular sound to their theme songs -- "All Time High" by Rita Coolidge and "Nobody does it better" by Carly Simon kind of broke that streak, but I just watched Casino Royale the other night again (I love the "parkour" style chase that opens the movie) and I thought the opening song sounded pretty decent and fit the motif, while also being accompanied by a pretty creative animated sequence.

    Now that the song is not atrocious garbage like the last one by Jack White and Alicia Keys.
    I don't remember how that goes, I'll have to YouTube it later.

    Looking forward to Skyfall. Daniel Craig's actually my favorite Bond; he seems the least cliche to me. He's also been allowed to be somewhat unlikeable, as opposed to the other Bonds who would present a particular overly slick/debonair social face. This actually (from what I recall) parallels Fleming's Bond better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer View Post
    I like how the series tends to have a particular sound to their theme songs -- "All Time High" by Carly Simon kind of broke that streak, but I just watched Casino Royale the other night again (I love the "parkour" style chase that opens the movie) and I thought the opening song sounded pretty decent and fit the motif, while also being accompanied by a pretty creative animated sequence.
    Casino Royale had the worst title sequence, though the song was good. The title sequence, however, looked like it was cooked up on Flash for an online ad. It was disappointing considering all of Danny Kleinman's title designs were some of the best since Robert Brownjohn's, who only did two title sequences in total, for From Russia with Love and Goldfinger.

    My favorite Bond song, I have to say was "The Living Daylights" by a-Ha, followed closely by "The World is Not Enough" by Garbage. But the Jack White one was even worse than "Die Another Day" by Madonna.

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    I don't remember how that goes, I'll have to YouTube it later.
    Well, anything by Jack White is ear-stabbing crap anyway.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer View Post
    Looking forward to Skyfall. Daniel Craig's actually my favorite Bond; he seems the least cliche to me. He's also been allowed to be somewhat unlikeable, as opposed to the other Bonds who would present a particular overly slick/debonair social face. This actually (from what I recall) parallels Fleming's Bond better.
    The best thing about Skyfall is that it's gonna have something that is very rare for movies nowadays: miniatures and in-camera pyrotechnics!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duck_of_Death View Post
    I heard it on the radio this morning.
    Lame-sauce. Didn't like it.
    Well, that was by the numbers, wasn't it? Ick -- can't imagine a more bland, predictable, uninspired song. And the piano opening sounds like a ten-year-old could play it, it didn't sound like a professionally released song.

    It doesn't help that I was freaking sick of Adele last year. But I'll admit her vocals were the best part of the song, actually, and it's too bad she didn't have a decent song to complement her.

    Quote Originally Posted by The Ü View Post
    Well, anything by Jack White is ear-stabbing crap anyway.
    Just listened to it.

    One thing I liked about it is that it took a chance -- it used Bond motifs but really went out there and tried to do something different. In the end, I don't think it really worked in terms of creating a theme that people want to hear more than once, but I appreciate the willingness to take a chance. That's the kind of thing you get when you get Alicia Keys and Jack White to do a song, I guess; I'd only heard Alicia Keys before (out of the two of them) and she's out there on her own doing her thing.

    Which is why Skyfall is probably such predigested, repetitive, already done to death 3000x, "we've heard this before" hokum, though, and another song I have no desire to listen to again. They didn't want to take another chance and get something "out there" again.

    it would be nice to have a happy medium.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Duck_of_Death View Post
    I heard it on the radio this morning.
    Lame-sauce. Didn't like it.
    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer View Post
    Well, that was by the numbers, wasn't it? Ick -- can't imagine a more bland, predictable, uninspired song. And the piano opening sounds like a ten-year-old could play it, it didn't sound like a professionally released song.

    It doesn't help that I was freaking sick of Adele last year. But I'll admit her vocals were the best part of the song, actually, and it's too bad she didn't have a decent song to complement her.
    That's the beauty of it. It's a throwback to the old songs, and it sounds like a James Bond song.

    More interesting is what Thomas Newman's actual music score is going to be like, as I don't recall him ever scoring action films. And I hope Sam Mendes, who also has never been an action director, isn't as abysmal as Marc Forster.

    Anyway, I rank all the composers involved in a James Bond movie as follows, aside from Monty Norman:
    1. Michael Kamen
    2. David Arnold
    3. John Barry
    4. George Martin
    5. Eric Serra
    6. Marvin Hamlisch
    7. Bill Conti

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Ü View Post
    That's the beauty of it. It's a throwback to the old songs, and it sounds like a James Bond song.
    My point is that it's a Bond song that sounds like it was written by a piss-poor uncreative musician who can only crib music... and not even nearly as good as other Bond songs have riffed on the themes. Meh. If it had been written for a college assignment where you were SUPPOSED to crib a film style, I still would have only given it a C+ .

    More interesting is what Thomas Newman's actual music score is going to be like, as I don't recall him ever scoring action films. And I hope Sam Mendes, who also has never been an action director, isn't as abysmal as Marc Forster.
    Mendes is a fave director of mine. I hope he pulls off something decent in this genre. I was really disappointed last year when Brad Bird did his first live-action film (Mission Impossible IV) and I thought it sucked sucked sucked.
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    The best Bond score:



    Too bad Michael Kamen didn't fill in for Eric Serra and his cheap-ass synthesizers in Goldeneye.

    To me, this interpretation is the only one to make Bond actually seem dangerous. Timothy Dalton was, in many ways, the scariest Bond, in part because of this score.

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    I thought Dalton was better than Lazenby or Brosnan.

    Kamen's interesting. I remember him from way back with Highlander. Here, he does a lot of melancholy textured stuff, then out of the blue comes out with loud shrill/percusive sounds and even breaks time signature and adds in unexpected instrumentation. So I understand where you're going with this -- it can be kind of unsettling to listen to, putting the viewers on edge.
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