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Die Another Day: Music From The Motion Picture (Enhanced) Soundtrack
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Arnold was called back to score the 19th Bond, "The World Is Not Enough". Once again he employed a full "Bond" orchestra, and used a number of more unusual oriental instruments to connect the score to the relevant spot on the world culturally. For The World Is Not Enough, Arnold began to experiment more with electronic techno and advanced spatial mixing. If you have the TWINE album, "Come In 007, You're Time Is Up" and "Submarine" are very good examples of this.
With "Die Another Day", Arnold updates this sound increasingly, and has created a very contempary, if slightly controversial Bond score. The increased use of drum loops, techno and digital sample work very well here, and the Bond sound crashes into the 21st century with style.
The album is headed up by Madonna's single "Die Another Day". Think of this what you will, but it is undeniable that it brings the "Bond ballad" into the new millennium, and is a very catchy tune even as a non-Bond theme.
Second on the disc is Paul Oakenfold's new remix of the James Bond Theme. Oakenfold, who recently scored Sworfish (starring Halle Berry) with composer Christopher Young gives the Bond theme a welcome new "zing". Unlike Moby's 1997 rendition, this tune keeps the Bond theme in its entirety, and is a far more groovy tune, fantastically mixed by Oakenfold.Read more ›
The score definitely DOES contain the James Bond Theme. And not only that: when I listened to this for the first time, I instantly recognized tributes to From Russia With Love, Thunderball, You Only Live Twice, Moonraker, Tomorrow Never Dies and The World Is Not Enough. Some people may say that it's just a rip- off, but it's definitely not! It's so brilliantly mixed that you barely notice! The best track and probably one of the best chase music ever written without a doubt is Hovercraft Chase. Fast music combined with an excellent interpretation of the James Bond Theme.
The gunbarrel music goes back to the Barry- style gunbarrel mixed with a drum loop. Also, the score contains much more cues of the Bond theme than what's labelled on the cover.
A weak point of this soundtrack is that there's no real theme on it, there are only cues. With Madonna's title song obviously unsuitable for adapting into a score, composer David Arnold had to try something different and it works out brilliant at the end.
Now that I finally have this excellent score, I really wish MGM had dropped some of the nice, but useless bonus material in favour of more music. This album gives us only about 40 out of 100 minutes pure score.
Nevertheless, this soundtrack is absolutely brilliant!
The CD itself, alas, is lacking. Oh, its fine if you're a Madonna fan and buy a CD soundtrack for enhanced features that CD-Rom technology offers, but isn't the soundtrack supposed to be just that? The CD itself is an even 55 minutes. David Arnold wrote 100 minutes of score for the film, of which 45 minutes are captured on this CD. The title song runs 4+ minutes and then the 4+ minute Paul Oakenfield remix. Sounds great, but to my knowledge is not in the film so why use the space. The CD-Rom extras are the space hogs here. Bond and soundtrack aficianados would have much preferred an 80 minute CD with 1 song and more score. I know I would have.
Anyone have a release date on Volume 2?
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I accidentally left my Die Another Day CD in my son's car. I was very happy to find it online and get it very quickly.Published on January 22, 2014 by Amazon Customer
I enjoyed the movie and the sound track to the movie back then. I also like Madonna and bond too.Published on April 12, 2013 by Kurt Mstoecklhuber
If you're a big Bond fan, or just love the original Bond theme, you will enjoy this soundtrack. The original theme is interwoven throughout the tracks without being redundant. Read morePublished on February 26, 2013 by Luke
I really enjoyed this purchase and still have the movie! I watched it over and again, the quality was so great! I'm actually keeping it. Thanks.Published on January 27, 2013 by Mac
It took me a few listens, but I actually ended up enjoying this album a lot. The techno assistance was a bit jarring at first, but it compliments the orchestra well and makes for... Read morePublished on October 5, 2012 by Jerry Hart
Die Another Day nearly killed the James Bond franchise as it was an over-the-top, loud, too-fantastical movie that more resembled the parody Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me... Read morePublished on July 10, 2012 by Endless Kitchen
Actually another word came to mind but need to write a G-rated review. Starts out in severely distorted mangling of song such that only a few notes each time play then stop, wham,... Read morePublished on May 30, 2012 by t2
Note: I have the 15 tracks as mp3 files.
The soundtrack of Pierce Brosnan's final film performance as James Bond (he would reprise the role one last time in video-game... Read more
It was certainly good, no doubt about that. It just wasn't quite what I was expecting. If you like James Bond movies then I am sure you will certainly enjoy it. Read morePublished on January 11, 2008 by Isaac Fox