Tomorrow Never Dies (soundtrack)

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ReleasedNovember 27, 1997 (1997-11-27)
Label A&M
James Bond soundtrack chronology
Tomorrow Never Dies
The World Is Not Enough
Singles from Tomorrow Never Dies
  1. "James Bond Theme"
    Released: 3 November 1997
  2. "Tomorrow Never Dies"
    Released: 1 December 1997
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Tomorrow Never Dies is the soundtrack of the 18th James Bond film of the same name.

<i>James Bond</i> Media franchise about a British spy

The James Bond series focuses on a fictional British Secret Service agent created in 1953 by writer Ian Fleming, who featured him in twelve novels and two short-story collections. Since Fleming's death in 1964, eight other authors have written authorised Bond novels or novelizations: Kingsley Amis, Christopher Wood, John Gardner, Raymond Benson, Sebastian Faulks, Jeffery Deaver, William Boyd and Anthony Horowitz. The latest novel is Forever and a Day by Anthony Horowitz, published in May 2018. Additionally Charlie Higson wrote a series on a young James Bond, and Kate Westbrook wrote three novels based on the diaries of a recurring series character, Moneypenny.

<i>Tomorrow Never Dies</i> 1997 James Bond film directed by Roger Spottiswoode

Tomorrow Never Dies is a 1997 spy film and the eighteenth entry in the James Bond series to be produced by Eon Productions, and the second to star Pierce Brosnan as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. Directed by Roger Spottiswoode, with the screenplay written by Bruce Feirstein, the film follows Bond as he attempts to stop Elliot Carver, a power-mad media mogul, from engineering world events to initiate World War III.


David Arnold composed the score of Tomorrow Never Dies, his first full Bond soundtrack. Arnold came to the producers' attention due to his successful cover interpretations in Shaken and Stirred: The David Arnold James Bond Project —which featured major artists performing classic James Bond title songs.

David Arnold English film composer

David G. Arnold is an English film composer best known for scoring five James Bond films, as well as Stargate (1994), Independence Day (1996), Godzilla (1998) and the television series Little Britain and Sherlock. For Independence Day he received a Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition Written for a Motion Picture or for Television and for Sherlock he, and co-composer Michael Price, won a Creative Arts Emmy for the score of "His Last Vow", the final episode in the third series. Arnold scored the BBC / Amazon Prime series Good Omens (2019) adapted by Neil Gaiman from his book Good Omens, written with Terry Pratchett. Arnold is a fellow of the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors.

A soundtrack, also written sound track, can be recorded music accompanying and synchronized to the images of a motion picture, book, television program, or video game; a commercially released soundtrack album of music as featured in the soundtrack of a film, video, or television presentation; or the physical area of a film that contains the synchronized recorded sound.

<i>Shaken and Stirred: The David Arnold James Bond Project</i> 1997 soundtrack album by David Arnold with various artists

Shaken and Stirred: The David Arnold James Bond Project is an album of cover versions of James Bond film themes organized and produced by David Arnold. Featuring contemporary rock and electronic artists of the time, it was compiled by Arnold in 1997 and released on East West Records in the United Kingdom and Sire Records in the United States. Following this project, Arnold would go on to compose the music for a number of Bond films.

The theme tune was chosen through a competitive process. There were approximately twelve submissions; including songs from Swan Lee, Pulp, Saint Etienne, Marc Almond, and Sheryl Crow. [3] According to Nina Persson of Swedish pop group The Cardigans, they were also asked to submit a theme song candidate, but rejected the request due to exhaustion that would be exacerbated by the potential added workload; Persson has called her decision to turn down the offer "one of my biggest mistakes." [4]

Swan Lee was a Danish band featuring Pernille Rosendahl on vocals. It was formed in 1996 by Rosendahl with guitarist Jonas Struck, drummer Emil Jørgensen and keyboardist Tim Christensen, who was her boyfriend at the time. The name was taken from a Syd Barrett song.

Pulp (band) UK Britpop band

Pulp were an English rock band formed in Sheffield in 1978. Their best-known line-up from their heyday (1992–1997) consisted of Jarvis Cocker, Candida Doyle (keyboards), Russell Senior, Mark Webber, Steve Mackey (bass) and Nick Banks.

Saint Etienne (band) British band

Saint Etienne are an English band from London, formed in 1990. The band consists of Sarah Cracknell, Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs. They became associated with the UK's indie dance scene in the 1990s, beginning with the release of their debut album Foxbase Alpha in 1991. Their work has been described as uniting 1990s club culture with 1960s pop and other disparate influences. The name of the band come from the French football club of AS Saint-Étienne.

Crow's theme was eventually picked by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. In the meantime, a bold, brassy number in the classic John Barry/Shirley Bassey vein that Arnold himself wrote with David McAlmont and lyricist Don Black with the intent of being a theme, was relegated to the end credits with the title "Surrender". While McAlmont recorded the demo, "Surrender" was eventually recorded by k.d. lang after an extensive selective process. [5] [6]

Tomorrow Never Dies (song) theme song of the James Bond film

"Tomorrow Never Dies" is the song, performed by Sheryl Crow, which served as the theme song to the James Bond film of the same name. The song was co-written by Crow and the song's producer Mitchell Froom, and became her fifth UK Top 20 hit, peaking at No. 12 in 1997.

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer American media company

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. is an American media company, involved primarily in the production and distribution of feature films and television programs. One of the world's oldest film studios, MGM's headquarters are located at 245 North Beverly Drive in Beverly Hills, California.

John Barry (composer) English film score composer

John Barry Prendergast, was an English composer and conductor of film music. He composed the scores for 11 of the James Bond films between 1963 and 1987, and also arranged and performed the "James Bond Theme" to the first film in the series, 1962's Dr. No. He wrote the Grammy- and Academy Award-winning scores to the films Dances with Wolves and Out of Africa, as well as the theme for the British television cult series The Persuaders!, in a career spanning over 50 years. In 1999, he was appointed OBE for services to music.

The score itself follows Barry's classical style in both composition and orchestration, together with modern electronic rhythms present in most cues. Because the title song was changed so close to the film's release date, there was no time to work Crow's melody into any of the score. As a result, melody patterns from "Surrender" appear prominently many times in the score, mainly in the action cues, but it can also be heard in the dramatic "All in a Day's Work" track. [7]

The DVD version of the film has an "isolated music track" allowing the viewer to watch the film with just the background music.

Scoring of the film had not been completed when the soundtrack was released so on January 11, 2000 a second album was released by Chapter III Records which removed the theme songs, Moby's Bond theme remake and "Station Break", and had additional music, as well as an interview with David Arnold. [8]

Track listing

All music was composed by David Arnold, except where noted. Cues in bold contain Monty Norman's James Bond Theme.

1997 release

  1. "Tomorrow Never Dies" – Sheryl Crow (4:50)
  2. "White Knight" (8:30)
  3. "The Sinking of the Devonshire" (7:07)
  4. "Company Car" (3:08)
  5. "Station Break" (3:30)
  6. "Paris and Bond" (1:55)
  7. "The Last Goodbye" (1:34)
  8. "Hamburg Break In" (2:52)
  9. "Hamburg Break Out" (1:26)
  10. "Doctor Kaufman" (2:26)
  11. "*-3-Send" (1:17)
  12. "Underwater Discovery" (3:37)
  13. "Backseat Driver" – David Arnold and Alex Gifford of Propellerheads (4:37)
  14. "Surrender" – k.d. lang (Music by David Arnold and David McAlmont, Lyrics by Don Black) (3:56)
  15. "James Bond Theme" – Moby (3:12)

2000 release

  1. "White Knight" (8:29)
  2. "Sinking of the Devonshire" (7:06)
  3. "Company Car" (3:07)
  4. "Paris And Bond" (1:55)
  5. "Last Goodbye" (1:33)
  6. "Hamburg Break In" (2:53)
  7. "Hamburg Break Out" (1:24)
  8. "Doctor Kaufman" (2:27)
  9. "*-3-Send" (1:15)
  10. "Backseat Driver" (4:34)
  11. "Underwater Discovery" (3:36)
  12. "Helicopter Ride" (1:34)
  13. "Bike Chase" (6:44)
  14. "Bike Shop Fight" (2:42)
  15. "Kowloon Bay" (2:27)
  16. "Boarding the Stealth" (4:38)
  17. "A Tricky Spot for 007" (2:48)
  18. "All in a Day's Work" (5:09)
  19. "Exclusive David Arnold Interview" (11:02)

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