Quantum of Solace (soundtrack)

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Quantum of Solace: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
David Arnold - Quantum of Solace OST album cover.jpg
Soundtrack album by David Arnold
Released 17 October 2008
Recorded 2008
Genre Film score
Length 61:12
Label J
Producer David Arnold
David Arnold chronology
How to Lose Friends & Alienate People
(2008)How to Lose Friends & Alienate People2008
Quantum of Solace
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
(2010)The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader2010
James Bond soundtrack chronology
Casino Royale
(2006) Casino Royale2006
Quantum of Solace
(2008) Quantum of Solace2008
(2012) Skyfall2012
Singles from Quantum of Solace: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
  1. "Another Way to Die"
    Released: September 30, 2008 (US), October 20, 2008
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars
Filmtracks3/5 stars
IGN7.8/10 stars
Movie Music UK3.5/5 stars
Movie Wave4/5 stars
SoundtrackNet3.5/5 stars

Quantum of Solace: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is the soundtrack album for the James Bond film of the same name. Released on 17 October 2008. The album contains the score composed by David Arnold. It is Arnold's fifth soundtrack for the James Bond franchise. His frequent collaborator Nicholas Dodd orchestrated and conducted the score.


David Arnold, who composed the scores for the previous four Bond films, said that Quantum of Solace director Marc Forster likes to work very closely with his composers and that, in comparison to the accelerated schedule he was tied to on Casino Royale, the intention was to spend a long time scoring the film to "really work it out". He also said he would be "taking a different approach" with the score.[1] Arnold composed the music based on impressions from reading the script, and Forster edited those into the film.[2]

Mark Ronson and Amy Winehouse recorded a demo track for the film,[3] but Ronson explained that she was "not ready to record any music" at that time.[4] It was announced Jack White of The White Stripes and Alicia Keys would collaborate on "Another Way to Die", which is the first duet in Bond music history, on 29 July 2008.[5][6] They had wanted to work together for two years beforehand.[7] The song was recorded in Nashville, Tennessee; White played the drums while Keys performed on the piano.[8] The Memphis Horns also contributed to the track.[7] White's favourite Bond theme is John Barry's instrumental piece for On Her Majesty's Secret Service, and he watched various opening credit sequences from the series for inspiration while mixing the track.[8]

The soundtrack was released by J Records, Keys' record label, though Keys appears on only one track. The track listing follows the order of the music's use within the film, with the exception of the title song being moved to the end of the album (in the film, it appears immediately after track 1). It is presented in the full-length single-release version, rather than the shorter mix heard over the film's opening titles. One notable omission is the fully orchestrated James Bond Theme, which features, as it did in Casino Royale, only at the film's conclusion, but this time over the traditional gunbarrel walk-on-and-shoot as well as the start of the end titles. Another omission is Four Tet's instrumental closing theme that follows it, playing over the remainder of the credits and entitled Crawl, End Crawl within them. This track was later made available on iTunes. Other tracks listed are heard in the film (but not on the album) during scenes such as Dominic Greene's charity fundraising party Jaime Cuadra - Cholo Soy, Jaime Cuadra - Regresa, Jaime Cuadra - El Provinciano; and Puccini's opera Tosca forms the backdrop to a key sequence. Vesper's Theme from Arnold's Casino Royale soundtrack reappears at key moments in the film; it may be heard on the album in tracks 12, 15, 18 and 23.

Track listing[edit]

All music composed by David Arnold unless stated otherwise.

1."Time to Get Out" (Contains the James Bond Theme, originally composed for the Dr. No soundtrack)3:28
2."The Palio"4:59
3."Inside Man" (Contains the James Bond Theme, originally composed for the Dr. No soundtrack)0:38
4."Bond in Haiti" (Contains the James Bond Theme, originally composed for the Dr. No soundtrack)0:35
5."Somebody Wants to Kill You"2:17
6."Greene & Camille"2:13
7."Pursuit at Port au Prince" (Contains the James Bond Theme, originally composed for the Dr. No soundtrack)5:58
8."No Interest in Dominic Greene"2:44
9."Night at the Opera"3:02
10."Restrict Bond's Movements"1:31
12."What's Keeping You Awake"1:41
13."Bolivian Taxi Ride"0:49
14."Field Trip" (Contains the James Bond Theme, originally composed for the Dr. No soundtrack)0:41
15."Forgive Yourself"2:26
17."Target Terminated"3:54
18."Camille's Story"3:59
19."Oil Fields" (Contains the James Bond Theme, originally composed for the Dr. No soundtrack)2:29
20."Have You Ever Killed Someone?"1:33
21."Perla de las Dunas"8:08
22."The Dead Don't Care About Vengeance"1:14
23."I Never Left" (Contains the James Bond Theme, originally composed for the Dr. No soundtrack)0:40
24."Another Way to Die" (Performed by Jack White and Alicia Keys)4:24

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Tommy Pearson, David Arnold (November 2007). Interview with David Arnold. Stage and Screen Online (Audio interview). Archived from the original (mp3) on 2008-09-11. Retrieved 2008-04-25. 
  2. ^ Mark Beaumont (2008-10-18). "The Midas touch of David Arnold and his influence on Bond". The Times. London. Retrieved 2008-10-18. 
  3. ^ "Winehouse working on 'Bond theme'". BBC News Online. 2008-04-28. Retrieved 2008-04-28. 
  4. ^ "Winehouse 'Is Not Ready For Music'". Sky News. Archived from the original on May 11, 2008. 
  5. ^ "Alicia Keys, Jack White Team For Bond Theme". Billboard. 2008-07-29. Retrieved 2008-07-29. 
  6. ^ "Quantum of Solace - News - Alicia Keys, Jack White Team For "Quantum of Solace" Theme Song (Press Release)" (PDF). Columbia Pictures. 2008-07-29. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 11, 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-02. 
  7. ^ a b "Jack White Talks Bond". IGN. 2008-08-21. Archived from the original on 2008-10-05. Retrieved 2008-08-21. 
  8. ^ a b Brian Hiatt (2008-10-02). "Jack White and Alicia Keys: Bond's New Duo". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2008-09-16.