James Bond stalwart Daniel Craig will make his final outing as 007 in No Time To Die this spring and now it looks like esteemed composer Hans Zimmer has landed the job scoring the film. According Variety, multiple sources said Zimmer has been brought on board to replace Dan Romer, who was previously announced to be scoring the new Bond movie.
The publication reports “creative differences” are said to have been the reason for Romer’s departure from the project.
Express.co.uk has contacted Universal Pictures, Eon Productions and representatives for Zimmer and Romer asking for comment.
Zimmer is known for scoring the likes of Interstellar, Gladiator, Inception and Blade Runner 2049.
There is speculation he will have to bring in help in order to finish the music for Bond in time, according to the report.
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James Bond: No Time To Die has reportedly brought Hans Zimmer on board to compose the score
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No Time To Die is due for release in less than three months, which could make meeting deadlines with the composition a big ask.
One potential collaborator could be Benjamin Wallfisch, who worked alongside Zimmer on Blade Runner 2049 and Hidden Figures.
Meanwhile, longtime Bond composer David Arnold, who provided the scores for Craig’s first two outings as 007, Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace, told the publication he had not been contacted to replace Romer.
Last year, he said he was “as excited to watch the new film as anyone else”.
Last month, fans got the first proper look at what’s ahead in No Time To Die with the release of the trailer.
The footage featured plenty of action for Bond, who is brought out of retirement in the upcoming film when his old pal Felix Leiter (played by Jeffrey Wright) asks for his help rescuing a kidnapped scientist.
The mission leads Bond on the trail of a mysterious villain who is armed with a dangerous new technology.
The trailer also gave a glimpse at said villain, Safin (Rami Malek), who’s severely scarred face was partially hidden behind a broken mask as he made his way through a snowy landscape, clutching a gun, in one clip.
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It looks as though Bond is already growing suspicious of his love, Madeleine Swann (Lea Seydoux) as the trailer shows him confronting her about “secrets”.
As the pair try to evade gun-wielding baddies, she begs him: “Why would I betray you?”
“We all have our secrets,” he replied angrily. “We just didn’t get to yours yet.”
Elsewhere, while Craig has confirmed he’ll be stepping down as Bond after No Time To Die, there’s still no news on who is lined up to replace him.
Outlander actor Sam Heughan is still favourite with bookies Ladbrokes, priced at 5-2, closely followed by Tom Hiddleston and Richard Madden on 5-1.
Hot on their heels are Luther’s Idris Elba, priced at 6-1, Happy Valley’s James Norton, 7-1, and Tom Hardy, 8-1.
Meanwhile, following his Golden Globes win earlier this week, Rocketman star Taron Egerton’s odds of taking over as Bond have been slashed from 50-1 to 25-1.
James Bond: No Time To Die is released in UK cinemas April 3.