Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last fifty years, you will have least heard of the James Bond movies. One aspect of them that I always enjoy is the music and especially the title song. Over the years there has been a vast array of different singers who have sung the Bond songs, from crooner Matt Monro to pop star Madonna. So have a thing out of the many songs, which one do you like the most or do you think just epitomizes the Bond series?
Personally, I believe you need music in a film. It can bring out emotions on-screen and create atmosphere. Here are a few of my favourite soundtracks and scores.
Michael Nyman’s score builds with evocative and melancholy abandon helping accentuate the main themes of the Jane Campion film. The main theme is a beautifully constructed thing of beauty that leaves you feeling like you are on a journey.
Philip Glass’ score is like life itself, filled with both joy and heartbreak. The score is like a rumination on the complexities of the human mind and the various vicissitudes that life inflicts upon us. A haunting and poetic listen.
Zbigniew Preisner’s score brims with a perfect sense of period drama. The music helps explore the themes of awakening in the soul and spiritual redemption, whilst also capturing a childlike sensibility.
Maurice Jarre’s memorable soundtrack to the epic love story set against the Russian Revolution is one of the most beautiful things I have ever heard. It stays in my head whenever I hear it. Just hearing the beginning of the lilting “Lara’s Theme” transports me to a snow covered Russia.
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