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Nick Parkhouse

A professional writer, Nick has specialised in writing about the James Bond Soundtracks for this website.


50 Years of Bond Music

February 29th, 2012 by

50 years of James Bond

2012 sees the 50th anniversary of the most enduring film franchise in cinema history.  By the golden anniversary of 1962’s Dr No, there will have been 23 James Bond adventures featuring six 007s, countless Bond villains, hundreds of beautiful Bond girls and almost two dozen of the most instantly recognisable theme songs in cinema history. […]

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All change in the recording studio as Bond franchise gets a new composer for Skyfall

February 8th, 2012 by


When production of the 23rd movie in the James Bond series began, many made the not unreasonable assumption that long time collaborator David Arnold would once again provide the score.  Having worked with the franchise for 14 years and provided the soundtrack for five 007 adventures, Arnold seemed like the obvious choice to compose the […]

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Quantum of Solace soundtrack

January 18th, 2012 by

After the excellent reaction to Daniel Craig’s first outing as 007 in Casino Royale, much was expected of the follow-up, Quantum of Solace.  An original story following on directly from the end of the previous instalment, the 22nd James Bond movie once again turned to an old hand to provide the soundtrack. Unlike the accelerated […]

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Casino Royale soundtrack

November 24th, 2011 by

The James Bond franchise has seen regular changes in actors, style and direction over the years.  And, after Pierce Brosnan’s final appearance as 007 in Die Another Day, the series underwent arguably its greatest reinvention to date. Whilst being the 21st film in the series, Casino Royale took James Bond back to his roots, as […]

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Die Another Day soundtrack

September 6th, 2011 by

Die Another Day soundtrack

Now firmly established as the James Bond franchise composer after his excellent scores for Tomorrow Never Dies and The World Is Not Enough, David Arnold returned for this third Bond outing on what would become Pierce Brosnan’s final appearance as 007. Initially, Arnold turned once again to lyricist Don Black with whom he had collaborated […]

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The World Is Not Enough soundtrack

July 4th, 2011 by

After the warm reception for his soundtrack to Tomorrow Never Dies, the producers had a relatively simple choice when deciding who to select to score the next instalment in the 007 series.  So, in September 1998, David Arnold became the first person to be invited to score a second Bond film since John Barry when […]

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Tomorrow Never Dies soundtrack

May 14th, 2011 by

After Eric Serra’s score for Goldeneye met with a less than positive response, the producers of the next instalment of the 007 series, Tomorrow Never Dies, once again had to search for a new composer.  And, thanks to a recommendation from the man whose name will forever be associated with the music for 007, an […]

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Goldeneye soundtrack

April 19th, 2011 by

After a six year absence due to legal issues, it was once again all change for the James Bond series.  The end of the Cold War, a new Bond, a new, female M and the first Bond film not to take any story elements from Ian Fleming’s books, Goldeneye introduced 007 to a new generation. […]

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Licence to Kill soundtrack

February 10th, 2011 by

The sixteenth Bond film was to be, in many ways, a watershed in the long running franchise.  Not only did it mark the end of Timothy Dalton’s brief tenure as 007 but it also marked the last contributions of actor Robert Brown (M), title designer Maurice Binder, producer Cubby Broccoli and director John Glen. Licence […]

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The Living Daylights soundtrack

December 20th, 2010 by

Having become the first film series to reach its 25th anniversary, the Bond franchise had to yet again reinvent itself after Roger Moore’s decision not to return for the fifteenth 007 adventure.  Whilst Timothy Dalton became the fourth actor to take on the role of James Bond, after the series’ recent success the producers were […]

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