It's not my favourite JB007 score, despite the film being one of my favourite JB007 films. But, for me, it is the last great JB007 film score ... nothing since has come close to capturing the magic.
I'm not surprised John Barry left the franchise and I'm glad he did despite the decline in scores (and films, too, IMHO) because his lack of interest would have eventually fed its way into his output. Given his declining output from the late 1980's onwards (ill heath, etc.) I'm pleased he put his talents into composing other scores.
I don't recall ever reading his views on Timothy Dalton as JB007 but if he was less than positive then I don't agree ... but then I love his music output not his opinions.
As for nominating a favourite track in the score ... I think I can name the songs and the easy-listening track Into Vienna as my least favourites. A fabulous score without a dud track ... just not in the class of several of his earlier JB007 scores.
Excellent score, one of my top 3 Bond scores (the others being OHMSS and FYEO)...my favourite track though - and I'm just being plain awkward here - isn't on the CD....it is the Suite that was published for orchestra some years later...I love listening to that score, but not as much as I do playing the trumpet part to that suite!!! It is...just...f*** yeah...