spectre.jpgAlbert R. Broccoli’s EON Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Sony Pictures Entertainment announced today that Thomas Newman will return to score the 24th film in the James Bond series, Spectre. The composer will reteam with director Sam Mendes who previously helmed 2012’s Skyfall. They also collaborated on the features American BeautyThe Road to PerditionRevolutionary Road and JarheadSpectre stars Daniel Craig in the title role, alongside  Ben Whishaw as Q, Naomie Harris as Moneypenny and Ralph Fiennes as M. Rory Kinnear, Andrew Scott, David Bautista, Monica Bellucci, Léa Seydoux and Christoph Waltz are co-starring. The movie follows Bond as he uncovers a sinister organization after he receives a cryptic message from his past. John Logan (GladiatorThe AviatorHugo) and Neal Purvis & Robert Wade (Casino RoyaleThe World Is Not Enough) have written the screenplay. Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli are returning as producers. Spectre will be released in the U.S. on November 6, 2015 by Sony Pictures.

Newman’s upcoming projects also include The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur.

  1. Actually! says:

    Why Sam Mendes Why?
    The music of Skyfall was know because Adele, not Thomas Newman, Thomas Newman do not use themes, which is not cool for a 007 film. Besides why was Skyfall’s score so exotic and out of place (it had an interesting sounding, but no actual themes and completely ‘not Bond’)
    Please return to David Arnold
    David Arnold rules.

    • martin ingert says:

      heard parts of spectre film song, does not seem very clearly sung . worst film song of all the bond films , rubbish

  2. Quppa says:

    This isn’t at all surprising given that Sam Mendes is directing, but it’s still disappointing. Thomas Newman is one of my favourite composers, but I don’t think his style meshes all that well with Bond. Skyfall’s score wasn’t bad, but it was a bit of a letdown after David Arnold’s recent work (his score for Quantum of Solace was one of the best things about that movie). Here’s hoping he’ll be back for Bond 25 (assuming Mendes won’t be).

  3. Alejandro says:

    I don’t agree with you, guys. IMO Thomas Newman created one of the best Bond scores! Skyfall was fresh, intelligent, brought a lot to the genre.

  4. Paul says:

    Very Disappointing.
    Thomas Newman’s Skyfall score was NOT BOND. It was all wrong for the film, which is the worst thing you can say about a film composer. However, I blame Sam Mendes for insisting he score a film that is all wrong for him. Newman can’t seem to break from his usual style, (eastern, lots of strings, ect.).

  5. tiago says:

    I liked Newman’s Skyfall, but David Arnold scores was better. However, given that Mendes is the director again, it would be odd if Newman didn’t return.

  6. Roger says:

    i can dig it

  7. BB says:

    Honestly, are you surprised by that? Sam Mendes works with Thomas since American Beauty, they have an optimal communication. And as much as I like the work of Arnold, Quantum of Solace was a very poor score.

  8. Justin Boggan says:

    It’s been a LONG time since we had a really good Bond score.

  9. Sean says:

    The Bond producers have always mixed up the composers they have used in the past. Aside from the mainstays that have carried the series. John Barry. David Arnold.
    They have used composers like Bill Conti and Eric Serra.
    For a Bond film, the themes are the essential element. Newman is definitely capable. He just needs to drop the other shoe and go balls out.

  10. TP says:

    Why wouldn’t you give it to Alexandre Desplat that would be worth waiting for.

  11. Steven says:

    Skyfall score was weak and to repeat same composer for Spectre is a sad thing. David Arnold was great; they might try the fellow who did Speed Racer and Mission Impossible III and the Incredibles – he knows how to take the existing themes and work on them and get a great result; they could try Rich Douglas who has created incredible Bond music that one can hear on his website for Bond. But Newman is a poor choice. I agree that Skyfall’s main title was terrific; but the rest of the score was not.