Soundtrack
 

Skyfall

Composed By: Thomas Newman

Distributed by: Sony Classical


Reviewed by Melissa Minners

 

                In Skyfall, the 23rd film in the James Bond series released to coincide with the 50th anniversary of 007, Daniel Craig reprises his role as superspy Bond.  In this adventure, Bond is tasked with investigating attacks on members of Mi6.  His investigation leads to the discovery that former Mi6 agent Raoul Silva (Javier Bardem) has turned cyberterrorist, taking revenge on those he believes betrayed him.  Bond must track down and put an end to his mission before he kills another agent.

                The musical score of Skyfall was created by American composer Thomas Newman, a member of a family of composers, musicians and singers.  Destined for a career in music, Thomas Newman received a Masterís Degree in Composition before embarking on a film scoring career that spans decades.  Beginning with his score for Reckless in 1984, Newman has created musical scores for a number of notable films, including The Shawshank Redemption, The Horse Whisperer, The Green Mile, Erin Brockovich, Finding Nemo, WALL-E, The Help and more.

                The James Bond theme is very distinctive, featuring blaring horns, guitars and percussions with jazz overtones.  The theme screams action, adventure and intrigue and the moment the music is heard, you automatically think of the superspy jumping from a plane, zooming through a car chase scene or barely escaping a monstrous explosion.  When creating the musical score for the latest film in the Bond series, I donít doubt that Newman wanted to put his own mark on the series, but also wanted to offer a nod toward the series music composers of the past.  Thus, hints of the well-recognized Bond theme make their way into a number of the tracks in the musical score of Skyfall.

                We start off with Grand Bazaar, Istanbul, which features the signature horn blares that start every Bond adventure.  The track features an exotic sound that captures the imagination of the listener as he/she instantly pictures our hero undercover, navigating the crowded marketplace of the exotic locale of Istanbul.  The musical score of the entire film alternates between loud adrenaline-pumping action, dark moments of betrayal, exotic music describing a change in locale and quieter moments of intrigue, all performed by a full orchestra of woodwinds, strings, brass and percussion. 

                The music of the Skyfall Soundtrack offers up hints of former Bond films combined with an all new orchestral score that fits in perfectly with the 007 film series.  Listeners with active imaginations can close their eyes listening to this score and perfectly picture their favorite hero as he travels around the world to track down the murderous former Mi6 agent, all the while dodging instruments threatening his own demise.  The Skyfall Soundtrack will make a great addition to any James Bond fanís music collection.

 

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