I picked up the DVD of Casino Royale at the weekend and watched it for the first time since seeing it at the cinema. Definitly still the best bond for a long time, hope they keep their nerve with the next one. Watching it again I was able to pay more attention to the sound track this time. The way the score moves from the opening theme to the use of the famous Monty Norman theme at the end mirroring Bond’s development in the story is a treat. While television shows can change their musical style over time in an organic way (Alias moving from techno with orchestral backing to orchestral springs to mind) few film series are long enough or when they are maintain a strong musical theme for long enough to pull this kind of move off. Which is why it seems so short sighted that the sound track CD lacks the song.
Veering back to the old style cold war bond this story on the BBC web site about a nuclear missile complex for sale is worth a read.