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Casino Royale (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) [Soundtrack]

David Arnold Audio CD
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  • Composer: David Arnold
  • Audio CD (November 14, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Sony Classics
  • ASIN: B000IOM1SW
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,282 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. African Rundown
2. Nothin' Sinister
3. Unauthorised Access
4. Blunt Instrument
6. Solange
7. Trip Aces
8. Miami International
9. I'm The Money
10. Aston Montenegro
11. Dinner Jackets
12. The Tell
13. Stairwell Fight
14. Vesper
15. Bond Loses It All
16. Dirty Martini
17. Bond Wins It All
18. The End Of An Aston Martin
19. The Bad Die Young
20. City Of Lovers
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Editorial Reviews

Now in its fifth decade, the James Bond film series has outlived the Cold War concerns that spawned it--not to mention the acting careers of a Sean Connery replacement or three. Indeed, its musical sensibility has often been the cycle's most reliable artistic link across the decades. While the arrival of latest Bond Daniel Craig inspired the producers to forge a long-overdue prequel plot gambit ("How Bond became Bond") for their Casino Royale redux, composer David Arnold's fourth Bond score helps bridge the past while subtly pushing it ever forward. The album's absence of a pop-song title single (though the melody of the Arnold/Chris Cornell-composed "You Know My Name" is interpolated into the underscore) isn't terribly shocking, considering the waning fortunes of recent efforts in the genre. But other traditions continue, with the full-bodied score here subtly infusing the elegant spirit of original Bond maestro John Barry into Arnold's own mix of brooding tension-builders and the dynamic, brassy rhythms of his signature action cues. The latter even gingerly cross over into the synth-charged club milieu of Eric Serra's GoldenEye score, a sensibility that was reviled as sacrilege by Bond aficionados a decade ago but that's since become a staple of mainstream film scoring. Arnold brings it all full circle with the muscular coda "The Name's Bond...," a lovingly authentic, barely revamped workout of the epochal Barry/Monty Norman theme that anchors the series to glories past. --Jerry McCulley

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84 of 94 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars No Main Title? I'll Wait For a More Complete Soundtrack November 23, 2006
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I saw Casino Royale yesterday and loved the soundrack and score. Chris Cornell's "You Know My Name" had been brillianly reworked to include string and horn flourishes that put the tune up there with John Barry's best. Sadly, the exciting jolt of that song has been omitted from this CD, so one never gets to feel immersed in the experience of the film. This was a stupid, stupid decision, if you ask me. Chris Cornell has said that the decision to leave his song off the CD was his alone. First, it is hard to believe that two major forces like Sony and the TWE organization would give Cornell such a right-of-refusal. Second, what kind of moron decides to take his song off of a Bond soundtrack? Cornell is either lying or a complete idiot. He does, however, sound great on the main titles track. It should have been here.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Unmemorable December 1, 2006
Format:Audio CD
1. No title song? - A total disrespect for the customer. Sony needs this feedback. This action appears to be a way of suckering dedicated Bond fans into buying an additional piece for their collection.

2. David Arnold has done good work before but here he does not seem to draw inspiration from John Barry's great 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service' so much as rehash his own tepid 'The World Is Not Enough' score. Although the music adequately matched the scenes during the movie, the tracks do not stand alone. Casino Royale's soundtrack does not evoke images of the film the way a soundtrack should.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great soundtrack, but missing the key. May 18, 2007
Format:Audio CD
What genius decided to exclude "You Know My Name"? This is the first Bond Soundtrack that I know of that does not include the title song. Over the years, the Bond soundtracks have always been about 2 things for me: the Bond theme (and how it's woven into the overall soundtrack), and the title song (and how pumped up it gets you for the rest of the movie). There have been some great ones, and not so great ones, but no matter what, they were always on the soundtrack, and I could identify the movie from the title song. "You Know My Name", imho, was one of the better ones, and to exclude it is a travesty.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Close but no cigar November 14, 2006
By Jon D
Format:Audio CD
As a fan of the James Bond music scores, the wait for Casino Royale's music has been an eager one. It's also been something of an emotional rollercoaster.

When EON Productions announced that it had acquired the rights for Casino Royale, David Arnold mentioned in an interview that the series would have to take a completely new musical direction from now on. Hooray, I thought; this should be an interesting departure!

To be completely honest, I had hoped that Arnold would not be selected to do the score for Casino Royale. This was a new James Bond film, with a new direction and a whole new take on the character. The last three Bond scores had rather left me cold, with their derivative style, techno percussion loops and repetitive, pounding brass.

However, when the Sony website released thirty-second clips of each track on the new album, I was surprised and delighted by how much of the traditional Bond magic had seeped through into the new score. The rollercoaster went up.

This feeling was not to last. I should have remembered that James Bond is always surrounded by marketing hooha and that any talk of a radical departure in the music would probably have to be seen in that light. It would be unfair to accuse David Arnold of disingenuity; in some ways this score is quite different from its three predecessors.

But there is the rub.

There may be more orchestra, but it's still loud and cacophonous. For sure, there is a little more melody (and EON Productions has at last allowed Arnold to relate the rest of his score to the song), but there isn't anything like enough melody for a Bond score. Gone is the electronic techno, but in its place is an equally distressing chaotic din of percussion and wailing brass.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A different take on Bond May 6, 2007
Format:Audio CD
David Arnold's score for "Casino Royale" is good, but very different. The score is not filled with cues from the traditional James Bond music from over the years. Instead it has lots of action and dramatic themes to replace those. The typical Bond theme doesn't come into play until the last track on the CD, aptly entitled: "The Name's Bond...James Bond." Arnold's previous score from "Die Another Day" was good, but this one is definitely better. "African Rundown" and "Miami International" are definitely the highlights on the album while "Dirty Martini" and "The End of the Aston Martin" are also shorter good tracks. Overall the album is great, there are just a few tracks that don't quite live up to the rest of the album. But if you're a fan of film scores, this one is definitely on the list as a good one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Soundtrack Royale January 20, 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Previous Bond-scores by David Arnold consist mostly of extremely dense soundclusters of orchestral noise which might work in the movies, but leave the cd-listener with a headache.

His soundtrack for Casino Royale brings a change: suddenly there's a rich variety of subtle, romantic, tense and stirring tracks. Sure, cues like 'African Rundown' and 'Miami International' feature more than enough actionmusic, but this time it rarely goes over the top and remains listenable.

There's also a nice link between the melody of the titletrack (which is sadly missing here for the first time ever on a Bond-soundtrack) and the famous James Bond Theme. Also, the titletrack is - in true John Barry style - nicely woven into parts of the score.

In short, Casino Royale is - in my opinion - Arnold's first decent Bond-soundtrack.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST BOND MOVIE AND MUSIC
Went to a Bond party. Bought the music to get in the mood. BEST BOND MOVIE EVER.
Published 2 months ago by alhal22
5.0 out of 5 stars James Bond Rocks!
I love all of the music on this album. Can't say that about all albums. I play this as background music when I'm grading papers, doing lesson plans, or just surfing the web. Read more
Published 7 months ago by n2drama
5.0 out of 5 stars James Bond back
Action packed, the closest thing to the Sean Connery's movies to date, great effects well done. Well worth buying to review when you desire some super spy.
Published 9 months ago by William E. Morris
3.0 out of 5 stars Dynamic Range
This isn't really a soundtrack which you can sit and listen to. Sure it has some talented musical composition, but the dynamic range is too much. Read more
Published 15 months ago by John F. Wright
5.0 out of 5 stars Music
enjoyed the movie and music
great quality
also enjoy amazon cloud to listen to music
though only 2 of 3 albums are included
Published 16 months ago by carl witcher
5.0 out of 5 stars worth the price!
Worth the price. So many songs. Each one good in its own way. Won't be disappointed with the purchase of this album
Published 18 months ago by Pablo
3.0 out of 5 stars Good music. . .
Initially I didn't care much for the soundtrack as it is missing that distinctive, James Bond sound. I especially didn't the theme song. Over time it is not good. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Phineas Fogg
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely a fun reimagining of Bond
I think a lot of people think of James Bond movies nostalgically. I love the oldies, but watching them they don't quite hold up. Read more
Published 22 months ago by M. Rylaarsdam
1.0 out of 5 stars Lack of the title track drops this to 1 star
I don't own this soundtrack, but I own the DVD so I know the songs well enough. I have no problem with them, but I do have a problem when the best song AND TITLE TRACK is not... Read more
Published on September 28, 2012 by Roy Hobbs
4.0 out of 5 stars Bond is back, musically
After a long hiatus, James Bond was back in 2006 with Casino Royale (Two-Disc Widescreen Edition), which hark backed to the Golden Age of Bond when the film series began and... Read more
Published on July 10, 2012 by Endless Kitchen
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Feb 18, 2007 by J. A. Mclaren |  See all 7 posts
Track list is incorrect.
I'm surprised they'd give 23 that title...seems like a bit of a spoiler for people who don't know the story (and if 15 is what I think it is...ouch...). Anyway, I was wondering if you know whether or not "You Know My Name" will be included on the CD.
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