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07-Jan-2020 • No Time To Die
As MI6 reported last week, Dan Romer had been let go from scoring duties on 'No Time To Die' and a new composer was yet to be announced. Rumours had already linked Remote Control Productions, Hans Zimmer's industrial-scale music operation, to the gig (his company has over 60 composers on the books).
Trade paper Variety has now confirmed, although not through official statements, that Hans Zimmer - or at least his company - has indeed taken the reigns of the 25th James Bond soundtrack.
"Creative differences" were cited as the reason EON Productions parted ways with Dan Romer last month. MI6 understands his score was felt to be too experimental. Romer joins director Danny Boyle and writer John Hodge in the pantheon of talent that split from this Bond film for 'creative differences.'
The short time frame to craft a score will probably mean Hans Zimmer will be supported by one of his in-house composers such as Benjamin Wallfisch or Lorne Balfe. MI6 reached out to both last week but did not receive a response. Variety also failed to receive comment from Zimmer.
Variety notes that this is the first time a composer has been replaced on the series. Whilst that is technically true, EON did parachute in John Altman to pen a traditional Bond score for the tank chase sequence in 'GoldenEye' when the work by Eric Serra, the film's named composer, was not considered suitable for the action.
MI6 understands that orchestral sessions are currently being recorded for 'No Time To Die'.