Last week, you may very well have noticed a fresh Skyfall rumor bubbling up from the fathomless depths of the internet. There’s never been a shortage of outlandish rumors regarding the next adventure of supersuave superspy James Bond, but this particular rumor had that ring of credibility. Word was that composer Thomas Newman would be imminently signing on to provide the score for the twenty-third cinematic outing of Ian Fleming’s lady-loving MI6 asset. Now, we’ve got official confirmation that Newman will indeed be providing musical accompaniment for director Sam Mendes’s first action movie.
Newman and Mendes have previously collaborated on American Beauty, Mendes’s first feature, as well as Jarhead, Revolutionary Road, and Road to Perdition. In fact, Mendes has only made one theatrical feature that wasn’t scored by Newman, 2009’s Away We Go. So it’s not terribly surprising that Mendes would bring his regular composer along.
As a composer, Newman is a go-to guy for prestige picture, and has been nominated for no less than ten Academy Awards, though he yet to take a trophy home. His notable scores include Finding Nemo, In the Bedroom, The Shawshank Redemption, Scent of a Woman, The Player, Wall-E, and Little Children.
Every indication so far has been that Skyfall will feature a different approach to Bond, and the hiring of Newman supports this. The last four films in the franchise, from Tomorrow Never Dies up through Quantum of Solace, have been scored by David Arnold.
Here’s the official announcement from 007.com, which includes more information and comments from both Newman and Arnold:
Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli today announced that composer Thomas Newman will score the 23rd James Bond film, SKYFALL. “We are delighted to confirm that Thomas Newman will score SKYFALL. Thomas is one of the most respected and successful composers, he has a long history of working with Sam Mendes and we look forward to welcoming him into the Bond family,” commented Michael. G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli.
Said Newman today, “I’m incredibly excited to be working with Sam again. It’s a real thrill to be able to collaborate on something as special as a Bond movie.”
Thomas Newman, born on 20th October 1955 in Los Angeles, California, has scored four of Sam Mendes’s previous movies: American Beauty, Road to Perdition, Jarhead and Revolutionary Road. He has composed the music to more than fifty films and television series including Erin Brockovich, The Shawshank Redemption and Wall-E and has earned ten Academy Award nominations, won a BAFTA, five Grammys and an Emmy.
Newman takes over musical duties from David Arnold who is currently Music Director of the London Olympic and Paralympic closing ceremonies. David will continue to be involved with the 50th anniversary of Bond and recently produced the John Barry Memorial Concert at the Royal Albert Hall.
Said Arnold of the news: “I’m a huge fan of Thomas Newman so I am as excited as anyone to see where Sam Mendes and his team take James Bond on his 50th anniversary.”
This is Danile Craig’s third outing as Bond, after the well-received reboot Casino Royale and the less-loved Quantum of Solace. He’s joined once again by Judi Dench as Bond’s boss M. Ben Whishaw and Naomie Harris are new additions to MI6, as the new Q and a special agent, respectively. Javier Bardem is playing the villain, with Ralph Fiennes as a mysterious character being kept very much under wraps at this point. Also in the cast are Albert Finney, Berenice Marlohe, and Helen McCrory.
Skyfall arrives in Stateside theaters on November 9th of this year.
Source: I Am Rogue