Skyfall
Thomas Newman

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Thomas Newman has often worked with Sam Mendes, director of Skyfall, in the past. Their previous collaborations include American Beauty and Revolutionary Road. When Mendes was unveiled as the director of the new Bond film, says Newman, he wasted no time in contacting his friend: "I very shyly emailed him and said, just so you know, I'd be overjoyed to do it, but would never want to be presumptuous. He emailed me back, saying I was just about to call you, let's meet for lunch!" As is normal with Bond scores, there are references to the work of John Barry and Monty Norman. But unusually for a Bond score, it was nominated for an Oscar.