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Soundtracks 20/02/2020

Hans Zimmer Releases His First Ever Bond Score In Partnership With Decca Records

Hans Zimmer Releases His First Ever Bond Score In Partnership With Decca Records

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New York, NY (Top40 Charts) Following last night's captivating performance by Grammy-winners Billie Eilish and Hans Zimmer at the BRIT Awards, Decca Records announces the release of Zimmer's first ever Bond score: the official soundtrack to the latest film in the James Bond saga, No Time To Die (2020). Released globally on March 27 via Decca Records/Universal Music, the No Time To Die (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) promises high drama, glamour and, of course, the famous Bond "suspense" motif.

The title track from the film No Time To Die, co-written [with brother Finneas O'Connell] and performed by Eilish, looks set to top the UK singles chart this week. 18-year-old Eilish joins an incomparable line-up of singers including Shirley Bassey, Madonna, Adele and Sam Smith as specially selected artists given the prestigious honour of providing a Bond theme.

Last month, Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, producers of the James Bond film franchise, confirmed that Zimmer was to work on the latest 007 adventure. The composer expressed his delight at being asked to work on the legendary film series: "Having the opportunity to work on a franchise as iconic as 007 has been an incredibly humbling experience. Cary, Michael and Barbara are amazing collaborators, and we are all so excited for the world to hear the new sounds of James Bond in No Time To Die."

Director Cary Joji Fukunaga added his praise: "I'm beyond excited that Hans is scoring No Time To Die. The music of Bond has always been iconic and I've already witnessed Hans adding his touch of genius to the Bond legacy."

Joining Zimmer on scoring the soundtrack is Johnny Marr, who is also the featured guitarist on the OST, with additional music by composer and score producer Steve Mazzaro. Both have previously worked with Zimmer.

Decca will also release Bond 25 in celebration of the release of the 25th Bond film. This album includes brand new arrangements of the 25 iconic title themes, spanning nearly 60 years of cinema, including From Russia With Love, Diamonds Are Forever, Live And Let Die, GoldenEye and Die Another Day, newly recorded by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios.

No Time To Die from EON Productions, Metro Goldwyn Mayer Studios (MGM), and Universal Pictures International is directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga and stars Daniel Craig in his fifth appearance as the eponymous British Secret Service Agent. Craig is joined by Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, Rory Kinnear, Jeffrey Wright, Léa Seydoux, and Christoph Waltz, who reprise their roles from previous films, with Rami Malek, Lashana Lynch, and Ana de Armas joining the cast.

The film will have its world premiere in London on 31 March 2020 at the Royal Albert Hall, followed by the theatrical release globally from April 2 in the UK through Universal Pictures International and in the US on April 10 through MGM via their United Artists Releasing banner.

Film Synopsis: Bond has left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica. His peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help. The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.

Hans Zimmer has scored more than 200 projects across all mediums which, combined, have grossed more than 28 billion dollars at the worldwide box office. Zimmer has been honoured with an Academy Award®, two Golden Globes®, three Grammys®, an American Music Award, and a Tony® Award. Zimmer's work highlights over the past few years include Widows, which reteamed the composer with director Steve McQueen after previously working together on the critically acclaimed 12 Years A Slave; Blade Runner 2049 which he co-scored alongside Benjamin Wallfisch and earned Grammy, BAFTA and Critics' Choice nominations for Best Score; and Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk which earned him nominations for an Academy Award, Grammy Award, Golden Globe, BAFTA Award, and Critics' Choice Award. 
Other notable scores of Zimmer's include Gladiator, The Thin Red Line, As Good as It Gets, Rain Man, The Dark Knight trilogy, Inception, Thelma and Louise, Black Hawk Down and The Last Samurai. Zimmer most recently scored the live-action remake of The Lion King, for which he received a Grammy® nomination for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media. The film, which was released by Disney on July 19, 2019, grossed over $1.7 billion at the box office. Upcoming projects include Wonder Woman 1984 set to be released by Warner Bros. June 5, 2020, Top Gun: Maverick, which will be released by Paramount on June 26, 2020, and the latest James Bond film No Time to Die, which will be released by MGM on April 10, 2020. Recently, Zimmer completed highly successful Hans Zimmer Live tour stops across Asia and Australia and continues to perform concerts around the globe including an upcoming European tour beginning in February 2021.






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