Henry Mancini did the music for all the Pink Panther movies from TPP63 through Son, except for IC, which was composed by Ken Thorne. Christophe Beck did the music for TPP06.
theres no disputing that Mancini was the best, but who do you think did a better job? Thorne or Beck?
Thorne's score was interesting because he didnt use the regular Pink Panther theme, so maybe his was more creative in that aspect. but although Beck relied heavily on the PP theme, i think he did an excellent job in updating the score to meet modern sounds.
I like Ken Thorne's work on INSPECTOR CLOUSEAU and elsewhere. His INSPECTOR CLOUSEAU score is exceptional as it actually evokes Mancini of the period without ever directly referencing his work. By the far, the best part of this film. Pity the soundtrack album was only available on vinyl and has never been reissued. Can't say I was particularly impressed with Chris Beck. The Pink Panther Theme was overused and it times it felt like they scored the film with The Pink Panther Penthouse Party CD.
i've cast my vote for Beck... Thorne's score may have been in tune with Mancini's work at the time, but to me it was mostly forgettable... Beck's score made such an impression, however, that i couldn't wait to get my hands on the soundtrack when it came out, and i've listened to it countless times since! i can understand the argument that perhaps it relies too heavy on Mancini's Panther theme, but to me, it's all done with a sense of fun, and it leaves me looking forward very much to see what he does with the next film's score... as for the comment that it's too similar to the Penthouse Party CD, i haven't heard that CD all the way through yet, but i disagree because the bits i've heard, i haven't really liked any of it, whereas i like just about every track on Beck's soundtrack... i suppose this is all somewhat subjective, though, isn't it?!