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Thomas Newman: Spectre [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

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For the 24th movie in the James Bond oeuvre, "Spectre," Oscar-winning director Sam Mendes has again enlisted 6- time Grammy winner Thomas Newman ('Skyfall,' 'American Beauty') to write a breathtaking original score. The soundtrack will have the added bonus of an instrumental version of the new Bond theme song, "Writing's On The Wall."

The "Spectre" theme song will be sung by fellow multiple Grammy-winner Sam Smith, the first time a male has sung the theme song since "Thunderball."

A cryptic message from the past leads James Bond (Daniel Craig) to Mexico City and Rome, where he meets the beautiful widow (Monica Bellucci) of an infamous criminal. After infiltrating a secret meeting, 007 uncovers the existence of the sinister organization SPECTRE. Needing the help of the daughter of an old nemesis, he embarks on a mission to find her. As Bond ventures toward the heart of SPECTRE, he discovers a chilling connection between himself and the enemy (Christoph Waltz) he seeks.
James Bond - Spectre

Album Notes

Skyfall composer Thomas Newman returns to score duty for 2015's Spectre, the 24th installment of the James Bond spy movie franchise and sixth collaboration between the musician and film director Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Road to Perdition). Tracks such as "Los Muertos Vivos Estan" and "Westminster Bridge" incorporate the classic Monte Norman theme; however, following in the footsteps of Skyfall, Spectre's theme song, "The Writing's on the Wall" by Sam Smith, does not appear on the soundtrack. It was instead issued as a stand-alone single (an instrumental version of the song does appear here). Dynamic, suspenseful, elegant, and cool, the score delivers on just about every other expectation, from the jittery strings, ominous brass, and howling choir of "Backfire" to the eerie electronics accompanying restrained orchestra on the creeping "A Reunion." ~ Marcy Donelson


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