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Music icon John Williams ‘would love’ to compose James Bond soundtrack

John Williams has made his interest in scoring Bond known (Picture: AP/Getty)

John Williams has said he would like to write the music for a James Bond franchise film, admitting “I would love that!”

The five-time Oscar-winning composer, who celebrated his 90th birthday this year, is the mastermind behind world-famous scores such as Star Wars, Harry Potter and Jurassic Park.

The living legend has already marked the history of cinema so much, who wouldn’t want to see him step up and compose for the next Bond film?

American Williams, who also wrote the soundtrack for the Indiana Jones films, said he had completed 30% of the soundtrack for the upcoming fifth installment with Harrison Ford.

“I have almost finished the thematic diagram. But we will probably work on that in September,” he told Classic FM.

“Writing for film music is very difficult… it’s probably not for all composers because it can be very demanding and perhaps very frustrating.

The veteran composer has composed virtually every score you recognize except Bond (Picture: Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)

Sean Connery as Bond in Goldfinger - 1964

While Sean Connery was Bond in Goldfinger in 1964, Williams was already composing (Photo: Danjaq/Eon/Ua/Kobal/REX/Shutterstock)

The music maestro, who earned his first songwriting credit on a TV show in 1958 and has garnered 52 Oscar nominations (so far), has clearly found a way to make it work for himself over the decades.

Revealing that he no longer listens to his music afterwards, he explains: “Once I’m done, done, I close the book and go to the next empty page, which has become a way of life.

“I’m on a very lucky life path where I’m very happy to get up every day to work. I would feel very deprived if I couldn’t.

Williams, who also wrote the score for Schindler’s List, Jaws and ET the Extra-Terrestrial, said earlier in his life that he had “tension and anxiety” about having to produce music under time pressure.

'Jaws' a 1975 American thriller

Jaws was one of Williams’ first major hits, with a theme that has become iconic (Picture: Universal History Archive/REX/Shutterstock)

Harrison Ford in Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade

Williams is currently composing for the fifth Indiana Jones film (Photo: Lucasfilm Ltd/Paramount/Kobal/Shutterstock)

He continued, “Whereas now I’m having fun…I’m making something up – ‘Ah, it can work, I can stretch it like that and orchestrate it like that.’

The composer also said that if he falls behind his schedule “by a minute or two” these days, it doesn’t “disturb” him anymore, thinking, “Maybe it’s just the veteran’s experience.

During his career, he composed the scores for most of Steven Spielberg’s films, including Empire of the Sun, Hook and Saving Private Ryan.

His other particularly recognizable works include the first two Home Alone films.

Daniel Craig as Bond in Skyfall canon poster

Craig may have retired as Bond, but interest is high for the franchise’s next film (Photo: Scope Features/MGM)

Williams added that he would love to write the score for the next James Bond movie, saying, “I would love that!”

Last year he was named the most popular living composer, with several of his hits appearing in the Classic FM Hall of Fame.

There are no details yet available on when – and what – the next 007 outing will take place.

Daniel Craig handed in his license to kill with last year’s No Time To Die, and popular replacement choice Idris Elba reportedly recently “left” the role.

With casting still up in the air, it’s reported that the franchise is still in bad shape after signing a deal with Warner Bros that will keep the movies in production until 2037 and the spy movie’s 75th anniversary.

John Williams At 90 airs Monday from 8 p.m. on Classic FM and Global Player.

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