Scoring is well under way for "Casino Royale"
by composer David Arnold. MI6 reports on what to expect,
and clears up some rumours...
Scoring Casino Royale
30th August 2006
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
As the film goes back to Bond's roots, with
the pre-title sequence taking place before he has gained
his 'double-o' status, how will the Bond theme fit in? According
to rumours, the famous guitar riff will not feature until
the closing scene of the movie. With that restriction in
place, Arnold says he has set out to create new motifs for
the film. A recent quote in movie magazine Hotdog got fans
buzzing that the film may include part of the "On
Her Majesty's Secret Service" instrumental theme,
but this is not true. Arnold explained on his official site
that he referenced this, his favourite Bond soundtrack,
as similar to "Casino Royale" only in that there
will be new musical strands running throughout the film
which will not be the Bond theme.
Bond music aficionados will have noticed motifs from the
song "Surrender" throughout the soundtrack to
"Tomorrow never Dies", which was planned as the
title song before Sheryl Crow was signed to perform the
title song and K. D. Lang's ballad was shifted to the end
credits. Based on his comments, it would appear that Arnold
is attempting this feat again, and is in good stead due
to his collaboration in the title song writing with performer
Above: Composer David Arnold
On the subject of the title song, Cornell recently
spoke about his work on the new Bond theme: "I just got
a call," he recalls, "and at first I thought there must
be some kind of mistake." But after seeing the script and
studying up on the new Bond actor, Daniel Craig, Cornell decided
"I'm actually the right guy for the job. Everybody I met
with said the same thing - 'This isn't anything like any other
James Bond film, so we don't really want that song, either. So
go do whatever you want.'"
Cornell Confirmed For Casino Royale Title Song
Above: Singer/songwriter Chris Cornell
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.
With only rough cuts at this stage, Arnold could not comment
on "what was in and what was out" of the final
film, but left the door open to a suggestion that it could
feature a song called "La Vie En Rose" in the
scene where Bond and Vesper are dining together - a reference
to the original novel by Ian Fleming.
To clear up another rumour, none of Arnold's work or any segment
of the title song "You Know My Name" has featured in
any of the "Casino Royale" trailers, production videos
of podcasts to date.
Orchestrating and conducting the score for "Casino Royale"
will be Nicholas Dodd,
who has worked with Arnold on his previous three Bond scores.
The release date of "You Know My Name" has still to
be confirmed, but its first air-play is expected in mid-October.
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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