The score to the 23rd James Bond movie ‘Skyfall’ will be performed by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra as a lead-up to the still unnamed Bond 25.
The ‘Skyfall’ score was composed by Thomas Newman. Newman had previously composed scores for ‘American Beauty’ and ‘Road to Perdition’. ‘Skyfall’ was his first Bond movie making him the ninth Bond composer. He replaced David Arnold who worked on ‘Tomorrow Never Dies’, ‘The World Is Not Enough’, ‘Die Another Day’, ‘Casino Royale’ and Quantum of Solace’.
The ‘Skyfall’ score won the BAFTA Award for Best Film Music and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Score. Only two Bond scores have ever been nominated for an Oscar. The previous one was ‘The Spy Who Loved Me’ in 1977.
The ‘Skyfall’ soundtrack is also one of only two Bond soundtracks not to include the theme song. Adele performed the ‘Skyfall’ theme. Newman used elements of the theme song in the Komodo Dragon scene.
The full ‘Skyfall’ score soundtrack featured 30 pieces clocking in at 77 minutes and 55 seconds.
Bond 25 will be released on 3 April, 2020, the same day as the MSO’s Skyfall in Concert event. Daniel Craig will once again play Bond, Ralph Fiennes, who debuted a M in ‘Spectre’ will return as will Naomie Harris as Eve Moneypenny, Ben Whishlaw as the Quartermaster (Q) and Jeffrey Wright is back as Felix Leiter.
Rami Malik, who played Freddie Mercury in ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, will be the main villain.
The movie was also to feature the return of Grace Jones (who played May Day in Bond 14 ‘A View To A Kill). Jones quit the show on the first day of filming when it became obvious her role was simply a cameo.
Skyfall in Concert
Friday 3 April 7.30pm
Saturday 4 April 7.30pm
Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall