Tomorrow Never Dies (soundtrack)

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Tomorrow Never Dies
Soundtrack album by David Arnold
Released November 27, 1997 (1997-11-27)
Recorded 1997
Label A&M
James Bond soundtrack chronology
GoldenEye
(1995)
Tomorrow Never Dies
(1997)
The World Is Not Enough
(1999)
Singles from Tomorrow Never Dies
  1. "Tomorrow Never Dies"
    Released: 1997
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Filmtracks 4/5 stars[2]

Tomorrow Never Dies is the soundtrack of the 18th James Bond film of the same name.

David Arnold composed the score of Tomorrow Never Dies, his first full Bond soundtrack. Arnold came to the producer's 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.

The theme tune was chosen through a competitive process. There were approximately twelve submissions; including songs from Swan Lee, Pulp, Saint Etienne, Marc Almond, Sheryl Crow, and David Arnold.[3] Arnold's entry—"Tomorrow Never Dies," sung by k.d. lang—a bold, brassy number in the classic John Barry/Shirley Bassey vein, was chosen as the official theme song, and Arnold heavily incorporated elements of the song throughout the film's score. However, similar to the last-minute theme song switch that occurred with Thunderball three decades earlier, shortly before the film's release, the producers replaced Arnold and lang's theme with Sheryl Crow's, as Crow was a much bigger name at the time; Arnold's theme was re-titled "Surrender" and moved to the end credits.[4]

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.

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 (2000-01-11) 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.[5]

Track listing[edit]

All music was composed by David Arnold, except where noted.

1997 release[edit]

  1. "Tomorrow Never Dies" – Sheryl Crow (4:50)
  2. "White Knight" (8:30)[A]
  3. "The Sinking of the Devonshire" (7:07)
  4. "Company Car" (3:08)[A]
  5. "Station Break" (3:30)
  6. "Paris and Bond" (1:55)
  7. "The Last Goodbye" (1:34)
  8. "Hamburg Break In" (2:52)[A]
  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)[A]
  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[edit]

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


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m contains the James Bond Theme, originally composed for the Dr. No soundtrack

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Filmtracks review
  3. ^ James Bond's Greatest Hits (Television). UK: North One Television. 2006. 
  4. ^ "Filmtracks: Tomorrow Never Dies (David Arnold)". Filmtracks. Retrieved 2010-01-25. 
  5. ^ "Tomorrow Never Dies". Bond Music. Retrieved 2008-02-10.