Details are emerging for the Casino Royale official soundtrack CD, composed by David Arnold. Release dates and track listings revealed...

Update 13/10/06: Sony Music officially confirm track listing.
Update 24/10/06: Track lengths confirmed, cover art revealed.

Casino Royale Soundtrack Preview
12th October 2006 / 13th October 2006 / 24th October 2006

Following this week's news that composer David Arnold had completed work on the score to the forthcoming James Bond film Casino Royale, listings are starting to appear for the Official Soundtrack CD. The current data shows that the OST will run for an incredible 75 minutes.

The UK release date is reported to be 13th November 2006, just one day before the world premiere. The CD will retail for £14.99, but can be found discounted for pre-orders. The US release date is set for one day later, November 14th 2006 and will retail for $18.98 on the Sony Classics label.

Update: Sony Music has now confirmed the listing, adding the "missing" cues from previous reports that stopped at track 18. The full listing now includes 25 tracks, with the famous James Bond theme rounding out the album and one incredible spoiler - only read further if you are not aware of the leading lady's fate.

The title song "You Know My Name" by Chris Cornell is still absent from the line-up. The singer-songwriter has been shooting the video for the title song in Los Angeles this week, but no official release date for the single has been announced.


Above: Cover art for the USA release.

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Official Track Listing

  1. African Rundown (6:52)
  2. Nothing Sinister (1:27)
  3. Unauthorised Access* (1:08)
  4. Blunt Instrument (2:22)
  5. CCTV (1:30)
  6. Solange (0:59)
  7. Trip Aces (2:06)
  8. Miami International (12:43)
  9. I'm The Money (0:27)
  10. Aston Montenegro (1:03)
  11. Dinner Jackets* (1:52)
  12. The Tell (3:23)
  13. Stairwell Fight (4:12)
  14. Vesper (1:44)
  15. Bond Loses It All (3:56)
  16. Dirty Martini (3:49)
  17. Bond Wins It All (4:32)
  18. The End of an Aston Martin* (1:30)
  19. The Bad Die Young (1:18)
  20. City of Lovers (3:30)
  21. The Switch (5:07)
  22. Fall of a House in Venice (1:53)
  23. Death of Vesper (2:50)
  24. The Bitch is Dead (1:05)
  25. The Name's Bond... James Bond (2:49)

* Tracks were previously reported as follows:

  • Unathorised Access - was absent from initial listing
  • Dinner Jackets - was provisionally titled "Dinner Jackets & Dinner Jackets"
  • The End of an Aston Martin - was provisionally titled "The End of an Aston Martini"
  • The initial track listing opend with "1: Licence: 2 Kills" - this is now absent from the final line-up

Early Critique
SoundtrackNet report that while David Arnold's previous films have leaned heavily on an orchestral/electronic fusion sound, Casino Royale focuses more on the orchestra, and uses electronics sparingly. Also - and interestingly enough - Monty Norman's classic "James Bond Theme" is scarce, only showing up a couple of times over the course of the 75-minute album. This makes sense, since it's not until the end that James Bond becomes "James Bond". Instead, Arnold utilizes a melody he wrote for the film's song, "You Know My Name", which subtly hints at a precursor (with the ascending bass line) to the Bond theme.

Right: UK cover artwork for the soundtrack CD.


Scoring Casino Royale

David Arnold returns to compose the score for the 21st James Bond film following three previous outings, "Tomorrow Never Dies", "The World Is Not Enough" and "Die Another Day". But "Casino Royale" faces a fresh challenge for Arnold, as he has to usher in the era of a new 007 - Daniel Craig.

Above: Composer David Arnold


You Know My Name
Cornell describes the new song as "more uptempo and a little more aggressive than any other Bond theme has been, maybe since Paul McCartney ("Live And Let Die"). It has an orchestra, but it also has some angry sounding guitar, and it's got feedback."

Arnold and Cornell finished recording "You Know My Name" in Air Studios in London (then mixed in L.A.) in late August and delivered it to Eon Productions and Sony. Arnold's focus then shifted to scoring the film, which he completed this week. Cornell is currently shooting the video for the single's release in Los Angeles.

Orchestrating and conducting the score for "Casino Royale" will be Nicholas Dodd, who has worked with Arnold on his previous three Bond scores.

Scoring Casino Royale

Produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli (Eon Productions) and directed by Martin Campbell, CASINO ROYALE is scheduled for release November 17, 2006. Principal photography started on January 30th 2006, with locations in the UK, Czech Republic (Prague), Italy, and the Bahamas. It will be British actor Daniel Craig’s first outing as James Bond. He is the sixth actor to play the 007 role in the franchise.

The film also stars Judi Dench, Eva Green, Mads Mikkelsen, Jeffrey Wright, Giancarlo Giannini, Caterina Murino, Simon Abkarian, Tobias Menzies, Ivana Milicevic, Clemens Schik, Ludger Pistor, Claudio Santamaria and Isaach de Bankole.

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