Licence To Kill: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Album Soundtrack
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by Tim Feehan
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Kamen once again demonstrates his ability to score with great power and strength as he did in "Die Hard." "James & Felix on Their Way to Church" is a tour de force of Kamen's ability to unleash the dynamic energy of the orchestra.
However, the score as heard in the film is a major disappointment for several reasons. It actually seems to lack power and energy and sounds somewhat diluted. It is also has a very lethargic and dreary quality about it. "Licence to Kill" is not an uplifting film, but the score spirals it into an even deeper abyss of despair from which it never ascends once Bond arrives in Isthmus City. Only some action scenes bring the score out of the doldrums, but it never recovers from its shroud-like gloom.
His interpretation of "The James Bond Theme" is inaccurate in many scenes. No, I am not saying that he got the notes wrong. In fact, he interpolated the theme throughout the film changing or eliminating notes here and there putting his own stamp on it. No, I am not referring to that either. What is inaccurate is giving "The James Bond Theme" a Latin sound via playing the familiar chords on a Spanish acoustic guitar.
This is similar to the mistake George Martin made with his score for "Live and Let Die." George Martin did not give us a Bond score. Being influenced by the "Black Film" genre of the early 70s Martin delivered a score akin to "Shaft." Given the subject and cast of villains in "Live and Let Die" that approach may have worked for major parts of the score.Read more ›
Overall, this soundtrack is worthwhile, but is missing alot of music. It has some great tracks like "Pam" and "Licence Revoked" and is a must in your Bond collection, or, if you are into film music, you should also have a listen!!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Easily the worst of all of the Bond scores, Michael Kamen was brought on board to give Bond more of an action vibe that was in line with other American action films of the era. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Fred Meyer
Loved this album, as I do all the James Bond albums. The title song is great, it's just too bad there wasn't more score on this release.Published 9 months ago by leo134
Thank God for Amazon! I've spent years and years searching for Licence to Kill on CD and finally found it here. Read morePublished on December 1, 2013 by Gregory
Not one of the better Bond soundtracks, but brings back great memories of the movie when you listen to it.Published on November 16, 2012 by Keith Wilfort
Taking over for John Barry, Michael Kamen's score for one of the best (and sorely under-rated) James Bond movies ever made, "Licence To Kill," is a thrilling score from beginning... Read morePublished on August 23, 2010 by HAMLET
When "The Living Daylights" emerged as composer John Barry's 007 swan song, the long-running film series took a nosedive in the scoring department. Read morePublished on April 16, 2009 by Scott T. Rivers