MI6 has it on good authority that the five-time 007 composer David Arnold is not signed on to score the 23rd James Bond film, Skyfall.
Arnold, who has composed music for every Bond adventure since 1997′s Tomorrow Never Dies has the prestigious job of musical directing the 2012 Olympics in London.
In his place EON has purportedly sought out American Thomas Newman, who has worked on a number of Sam Mendes productions to date.
His credits include: American Beauty, Road to Perdition and more recently The Help and The Iron Lady.
Legendary Bond composer John Barry passed away last year – whoever fills the position has a immense task ahead of them with the standards set by both Arnold and Barry, stalwarts of 007 music.
About Skyfall – James Bond 23 (2012)
The new Bond movie will star Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Berenice Marlohe, Albert Finney and Judi Dench, produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli. The 007 screenplay will be written by regular James Bond scribes Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, working with John Logan (Gladiator & The Last Samurai). Director of American Beauty and Road To Perdition, Sam Mendes will be directing the new James Bond movie. MGM and Sony Pictures Entertainment in a joint statement on 2nd June 2011 announced that “Bond 23″ will go on release in the UK on Friday, 26th October, 2012 and in the USA on 9th November 2012. The first major announcement from EON Productions and Sony Pictures came on 3rd November 2011 in London when the principle cast was announced, along with a rough plot line. In Skyfall, Bond’s loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.