T. Newman Fan wrote:
Never say never again.
I'm confident that these expansions will happen eventually.
I don't think Arnold's Bond scores are nuanced enough to make expansions all that interesting, but that's just me. Kamen's Licence to Kill score is a different story.
On those points I must disagree. Tomorrow Never Dies, Arnold's first effort, had some of the most exciting Bond music since The Living Daylights in 1987. It may not have the memorable themes of Barry's Bond work, but my goodness, it's wonderfully entertaining stuff. Both the original album and the Chapter III release contain pretty much the whole score so there's no need for a re-release unless you want the whole thing in a new package. The full score plus songs wouldn't fit on one CD anyway.
The World Is Not Enough takes the music further into techno and once again is rip roariously entertaining (Come In 007, Your Time Is Up/Ice Bandits/Caviar Factory being particular highlights). It would certainly merit an expansion (the end credits music is fantastic).
Die Another Day is perhaps not as good as Arnold's first two efforts, but as I said above, is missing 60 minutes, including that wonderful first cue as Bond surfs on to the beach, and a full release would be most welcome.
Casino Royale had most of the music released, but across different formats, to many people's annoyance, so a complete CD set of that would go down a storm. Especially the end credits sequence 'Crawl, End Crawl'.
A Quantum of Solace had a pretty complete release as I understand it.
Unfortunately, even if EON/Danjaq *did* authorise expansions, I suspect they would only be done as bricks n'mortar releases and wouldn't get the full, lush La La Land/Intrada deluxe treatments we've grown accustomed to.
It's also worth pointing out that when Lukas was called in to do those early 2000s expansions, he wasn't given the time and budget to do complete, deluxe releases - Golden Gun and Octopussy were originally in the plans but had to be dropped. We were lucky to get what we did, really.
I would love to see Eon/Danjaq go back to Lukas, or Intrada or LLL, and ask them to do complete deluxe, final word treatments of most Bond scores, but I don't share your optimism. I suspect the powers that be at EON/Danjaq have no interest in releasing more Bond expansions, or we would have seen them for the 50th anniversary.
As regards Licence To Kill... that's actually one of my least favourite Bond scores. The Bond franchise has the richest musical history of any film franchise - I would happily buy expansions of every film... except Dr No and Licence To Kill. I've watched both films many times and can't get into them musically. No disrespect to Mr Kamen - I love his Prince of Thieves score, my first ever CD soundtrack - but I don't enjoy that original LTK album much, and there's no missing music during the film that leaps out at me as deserving a CD release.
And, yes, I would even buy a new release of Goldeneye!