Casino Royale And Never Again: Music Analysis

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The famous film composer, Bernard Herrmann, once said, “Music…is the communicating link between the screen and the audience, reaching out and enveloping all into one single experience.” Films create surreal worlds that capture its audience with its creativity that defies our version of reality in which music is used to seep into our unconscious and help create this illusion. The soundtrack or score of a cinematic piece creates a mood and brings out certain emotions within the audience that can be identified through a breakdown in psychological reasoning as to how music can affect our emotions, composition of the music, and lyrical analysis. Through the investigation of the roles of the musical elements presented in the theme songs of the James Bond series we can see that the change in genre, key signature, tempo, tone, chords, the progression of music, and the lyrics all play an important part in creating and supporting the themes of romance (love and intercourse), action (fighting…show more content…
The majority of the James Bond title themes can be attributed to Eon Productions, the British film company famously known for producing the series, with the exception of title songs from Casino Royale and Never Say Never Again. The two biggest and regular composers of the film series are John Barry and David Arnold, composing a total of sixteen out of the (soon to be) twenty-four film scores. Both composers left their mark on the music: Barry notoriously known for composing the “007 Theme” and incorporating seven beats throughout his works, and Arnold for using the so-called “suspense-motif”, a descending, repetitive four-note motif. The James Bond Theme song can be seen as a leitmotif, a short, constantly recurring musical phrase, because as soon as it is heard you think of James Bond. The simple tune is automatically associated with this dangerous, heart throbbing spy who we all know and

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