New composer brought board for Bond 23.

Bond fansite MI6 HQ has received word that Oscar nominated composer Thomas Newman (‘The Debt,’ ‘The Help,’ ‘The Shawshank Redemption’) has been tapped to provide the score for Sam Mendes’ ‘Skyfall.’

The director and composer are regular collaborators, having previously worked together on ‘Jarhead,’ ‘Revolutionary Road,’ ‘American Beauty,’ and ‘Road to Perdition.’

David Arnold, who has worked on five Bond films since ‘Tomorrow Never Dies,’ will be busy with his duties as musical director for the 2012 London Olympics. Arnold took over the mantle of resident composer from John Barry and took the essential elements of Bond and “updated them for the 90s by incorporating driving rock rhythms and the use of modern technology in the production.”

In related news, the official Bond site 007.com has re-launched and features an introduction from producer Michael G. Wilson, and gives a very brief glimpse at the behind the scenes of the 23rd Bond outing.

Along with Daniel Craig returning as Bond, ‘Skyfall’ co-stars Javier Bardem, Judi Dench, Naomie Harris, Berenice Marlohe, Ralph Fiennes, Helen McCrory, Ben Whishaw and Albert Finney.