John Barry's OG James Bond franchise theme shares some elements with David Shire's film score work: ostentatious horn arrangements; a dramatic symphony orchestra sound; and music that highlights subterfuge, risk, chance, a hitherto unknown menace, conflict, prescient knowledge, an ominous mood, and uncertainty. The first time I listened to the Solid Steel Now Listen!
mix from 2004, I remember thinking Shire's music could have easily been used in a Bond film. At the 8:00 mark, right after Ice's "X1," you hear Shire's theme, which DK and DJ Food then use to segue right into the late Leonard Nimoy's amazing, suspenseful reading of Ray Bradbury's "Marionettes, Inc." story. It's an edit of the story, of course, but right at the very end when Nimoy says, "Naturally, said Burling (No.) 2," you get that massive Shire wall of sound again. This just gave me Bond vibes for some reason. Maybe it's the way the story was framed by the music or just the tone of the score itself, but I've always thought if the studio wanted to replace Barry with someone that Shire would have been a good choice.
Solid Steel's Now Listen!
, Pt 1:www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOH-AbD46do
Leonard Nimoy's reading of Ray Bradbury's "Marionettes, Inc.":