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Thomas Newman Replaces David Arnold As Composer For Bond Film 'Skyfall'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • January 4, 2012 3:44 PM
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Well, he had a good run but longtime James Bond composer David Arnold, who has scored every 007 outing since 1997's "Tomorrow Never Dies," is being switched out for this year's "Skyfall," according to James Bond news site MI-6. Director Sam Mendes has swapped him for his longtime collaborator Thomas Newman, who has scored all of Mendes' films except 2009's regrettable "Away We Go."

R.I.P. John Barry (1933-2011)

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 31, 2011 10:32 AM
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Sad news to start the week, as it emerged overnight that one of the great film composers, John Barry, passed away yesterday in New York, at the age of 77. The five-time Oscar winner was best known for his work on the James Bond films, for which he scored eleven of the twenty-two pictures to date, but was also behind indelible themes for "Midnight Cowboy," "Born Free" and "Dances With Wolves," as well as having a long songwriting career, which encompassed most of the great Bond themes and a number of stage musicals ( Kanye West gave him the ultimate tribute by sampling one of those themes for his hit "Diamonds From Sierra Leone").

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