One thing that disappointed me in Skyfall was the absence of the James Bond theme at the start of the film and I think we can safely say it’s not going to return there any time soon now the precedent has been set. But to me it makes no sense having it at the end of the film as it was always at the start to build adrenaline.
At the end of a film that job has (hopefully) already been done.
With Sam Mendes now confirmed as director for Bond 24 no doubt we can expect Thomas Newman on board for the score, which to me is a shame as I think David Arnold is a much better job in both Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace.
One evening during the summer while walking in my garden I came to the end of a podcast and decided on some music to follow it. I flipped though my iPhone and, for whatever reason, picked David Arnold’s arrangement of the James Bond theme (Casino Royale), written by Monty Norman for Dr No and arranged by John Barry for his orchestra.
I remember being introduced to the original by my dad, who owned a vinyl 45 of it (now in my collection) that I always loved, as I think many people do and it is certainly a contender for the most successful example of audio branding ever; in my mind only Star Wars gets close.
The James Bond Theme is exciting; it’s brash, bold and it’s brassy with the fusion of jazz and rock creating pure excitement at the beginning of the James Bond films for so many years. And, even when just a few notes are played, it has the power to instantly conjure up the 007 genie.
However, listening to the Bond Theme blasting over my headphones on that summer evening and coming to the realisation of how oldfashioned and outdated it really is – clearly a product of the 1960s – I began wondering if, however much I love it, perhaps the producers were right to remove it from the start of the recent films as they owe little in style to the early movies.
That isn’t something I’d really like to see happen and was simply the result of my mind wandering off on a tangent on a pleasant summer evening – I don’t necessarily agree with everything I think. But with the James Bond Theme relegated to the end of the films now, would it make any difference at all?
So is it time to ditch the James Bond theme, or should it perhaps be modernised and updated? Does it deserve still to open the films, or is it better at the end? Let me know what you think in the comments below.