Indiewire is reporting that composer Dan Romer is set to retam with director Dan Fukunaga (True Detective, Jane Eyre) on the next, currently untitled James Bond movie. Daniel Craig returns in the title role and is joined by Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Rami Malek, Léa Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, Jeffrey Wright and Ana de Armas. The film follows Bond as he has left active service, when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help. Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli are producing the project. Romer has previously scored Fukunaga’s last feature Beasts of No Nation and has also scored his Netflix series Maniac. Bond 25 is currently set to be released in the U.S. on April 8, 2020 by MGM/United Artists.

Romer (Beasts of the Southern Wild, Easy, Ramy) also continues to score ABC’s The Good Doctor and Netflix’s Atypical, which both will return for new seasons later this year. He also composed the music for Guy Nattiv’s Skin, which premiered at last year’s Toronto Film Festival and will open in select theaters on July 26, 2019 following its debut on DirecTV.

  1. Lucas Wilson says:

    Wow all the best Dan!

  2. Bernd-Helmut Heine says:

    I´m not amused. Bring back David Arnold!

  3. Bernd-Helmut Heine says:

    Dan Romer? I had high hopes for David Arnold to return. Quite a dissapointment!

  4. Well I had hoped for David Arnold to return but anyway.
    Congratulations. Looking forward to hear your work.

    Here are some advices. I´ll try to keep it short.
    First of all let´s go through some of John Barry´s dogmas:
    – Keep the leitmotifs melodic
    – Avoid to many mash ups
    – Establish a sound early on. This is important.
    – Try to avoid having wall-to-wall-music in the action scenes. Barry often did music for special occasions, so the listener doesn´t get tired.

    Further advices:
    – Bond theme: Don´t overuse the Bond theme. Save it for special occasions, and have it blend in naturally. Please no more retro-versions of that theme. Do variations on it. Barry always played around with it.
    – Compose a melodic and memorable action cue that you can you as an audience-pleaser on the right occasions. Go back and listen to these tracks; A Drop In The Ocean (YOLT), Ski Chase (OHMSS), Runaway (FYEO), He´s Dangerous (AVTAK), Inflight Fight (TLD), Run Shoot And Jump (GE), Howercraft Chase (DAD)
    – Remember to use the theme song here and there. I especially liked how Arnold used it on The World Is Not Enough. That score is very well represented on Lala Land Records expanded soundtrack. First of all these tracks; “Welcome To Baku”, “Ice Bandits”, “Welcome To Kazakhstan”, “Bomb”.
    – Try to do a few memorable letimotifs that can be reused throughout the movie. Maybe do one leitmotif that can be used several times as an alternative to the themesong and the Bondtheme. Live And Let Die had that and it worked really well.
    – Establish a unique sound. Newman tried to mix a retroBond-sound with a Hans Zimmer-like Staccato-approach to the action music. We´ve had enough of that.
    Make a good mix between symphonic orchestra and electronic elements. Try to listen to The World Is Not ENough and Die Another Day to get an idea. GoldenEye also had some truly memorable special-engineered sounds that are kind of trademarks for Eric Serra. Not all Bondfans liked that score, but I think he was on to something.

    Marketingwise I think it would be cool to have more than just one hitsong. It worked very well for The Living Daylights, which had an awesome song by A-ha, but also “Where Has Everybody Gone” and “If there Was A Man” by The Pretenders. All three were used well within the movie. “Where Has Everybody Gone” served as the villain Necros´theme while “If There Was A Man” served as the love theme.