David Arnold

born on 23/1/1962 in Luton, England, United Kingdom

David Arnold

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

David Arnold

David Arnold (born 23 January 1962) is an English film composer best known for scoring five James Bond films, the 1994 film Stargate, the 1996 film Independence Day, the 1998 film Godzilla and the television series Little Britain and Sherlock.

Film and television career

While attending a Sixth Form College in Luton, Arnold became friends with director Danny Cannon.[1] Cannon initially created short films for which Arnold was asked to write the music. The two made their respective major film debuts with The Young Americans. "Play Dead", a song from the film with singer Björk, charted #12 in the UK. The following year he scored Stargate and Last of the Dogmen, with excerpts from the former ranking third in the most commonly used soundtrack cues for film trailers.[2]

Arnold then composed music for Stargate director Roland Emmerich's next two movies, Independence Day and Godzilla, as well as four movies for director John Singleton. In addition, he has scored various comedies, dramas, and nineteenth-century period pieces, as well as providing music for several British television shows including the 2000 remake of Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) and Little Britain. During film production, his compositions are conducted by Nicholas Dodd. In 2010, he composed the music for Come Fly With Me, a British television series from the producers of Little Britain.

He is a member of the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA).[3]

James Bond

Arnold was a Bond fan from an early age and also a fan of Bond composer John Barry. In 1997, Arnold produced Shaken and Stirred: The David Arnold James Bond Project, an album featuring new versions of the themes from various James Bond films. The album featured a variety of contemporary artists including Jarvis Cocker, Chrissie Hynde, Propellerheads and Iggy Pop; a version of You Only Live Twice by Björk was recorded but not included on the album. John Barry, the composer of many of the themes on the album, was complimentary about Arnold's interpretation of his work; "He was very faithful to the melodic and harmonic content, but he's added a whole other rhythmic freshness and some interesting casting in terms of the artists chosen to do the songs. I think it's a terrific album. I'm very flattered."[4] Barry contacted Barbara Broccoli, producer of the then-upcoming Tomorrow Never Dies, to recommend Arnold as the film's composer.[5]

Arnold was hired to score the installment, and he has since scored the four subsequent films: The World Is Not Enough, Die Another Day, Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace.[6] Arnold will not be scoring the 23rd James Bond film, Skyfall, with Thomas Newman taking his place.[7] Arnold commented that Newman had been selected by the film's director, Sam Mendes, because of their work together, rather than because of Arnold's commitment to working with director Danny Boyle as composer for the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Arnold also co-wrote the main theme songs for The World Is Not Enough ("The World Is Not Enough" by Garbage) and Casino Royale ("You Know My Name" by Chris Cornell) as well as "Surrender" by k.d. lang which appears during the end credits of Tomorrow Never Dies. Arnold also contributed the main themes to Kevin Kiner's score for Activision's GoldenEye 007, the remake of the 1997 game of the same name.

Other work

He has collaborated with such musical acts as Cast, The Cardigans, Kaiser Chiefs, Massive Attack, and Pulp, and solo artists Natasha Bedingfield, Melanie C, Björk, Chris Cornell, Shirley Manson, Mark Morriss and in 2009 produced Shirley Bassey's album 'The Performance.'

In 2001, he provided a new arrangement of Ron Grainer's Doctor Who theme music for the Eighth Doctor audio dramas from Big Finish Productions. His version was used as the Eighth Doctor theme starting with 2001's Storm Warning until 2008, when it was replaced with a new version arranged by Nicholas Briggs starting with Dead London.

Arnold is the second cousin of Irish singer-songwriter Damien Rice, and is an ambassador for aid agency CARE International in the UK. He has made minor appearances in two different episodes of Little Britain as separate characters.

In February 2011, it was announced that he was appointed Musical Director for the 2012 Olympic Games and the 2012 Paralympic Games in London.[8]

In May 2011, he was part of the United Kingdom's jury for the Eurovision Song Contest 2011.[9]

Arnold took part in a tribute to John Barry on 20 June 2011 at the Royal Albert Hall in London, singing a song that was composed by Barry and playing the guitar part of the James Bond theme.[10]

He is not related to another British musician, David Arnold (conductor).


  • The Young Americans (1993)
  • Stargate (1994)
  • Last of the Dogmen (1995)
  • Independence Day (1996)
  • A Life Less Ordinary (1997)
  • Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)
  • Godzilla (1998)
  • The World Is Not Enough (1999)
  • Shaft (2000)
  • Baby Boy (2001)
  • The Musketeer (2001)
  • Zoolander (2001)
  • Changing Lanes (2002)
  • Enough (2002)
  • Die Another Day (2002)
  • 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)
  • The Stepford Wives (2004)
  • Little Britain (14 Episodes) (2003-2005)
  • Four Brothers (2005)
  • Stoned (2005)
  • Amazing Grace (2006)
  • Casino Royale (2006)
  • Hot Fuzz (2007)
  • Grindhouse (fake trailer segment "Don't") (2007)
  • Agent Crush (2008)
  • Quantum of Solace (2008)
  • Crooked House (with Michael Price) (2008)
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010)
  • Morning Glory (2010)
  • Made in Dagenham (2010)
  • Sherlock (together with Michael Price) (2010)
  • Come Fly with Me (2010present)[11]
  • Paul (2011)
  • The Matt Lucas Awards (2012present)


  • Won: Grammy Award Best Instrumental Composition Written for a Motion Picture or for Television Independence Day
  • Nominated: BAFTA Award Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music Casino Royale
  • Nominated: Grammy Award Best Song Written for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media You Know My Name from Casino Royale (songwriter)


  1. David Arnold. soundtrack.net. Archived from the original on 2008-01-04. Retrieved on 2008-02-26.
  2. Top 100 Frequently Used Cues. soundtrack.net. Retrieved on 2007-08-14.
  3. Founder of UBR (18 May 2009). British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors. The Unsigned band review. Retrieved on 4 February 2012.
  4. Burlingame, Jon, Bonding with the Score: David Arnold blends the traditional with the modern in music for 'Tomorrow Never Dies.', Los Angeles Times, Times Mirror Company, 1997-12-18. URL accessed on 2007-01-01.
  5. Macnee, Patrick (Narrator), The Bond Sound: The Music of 007
  6. David Arnold Back For 'Bond 22'. commanderbond.net. Retrieved on 2007-10-08.
  7. MI6-HQ Copyright 2011 (20 October 1955). James Bond News :: MI6 :: Exclusive: Thomas Newman to compose 'Skyfall' score. Mi6-hq.com. Retrieved on 2012-04-22.
  8. James Bond composer David Arnold will be 2012 musical director, The Telegraph, 18 February 2011. URL accessed on 22 February 2011.
  9. UK Reveals Names Of Its Jury. Retrieved on 16 August 2012.
  10. Composer John Barry remembered at memorial concert, BBC, 2011-06-21. URL accessed on 21 June 2011.
  11. [1]

External links

  • David Arnold at the Internet Movie Database
  • David Arnold's official web-site
  • David Arnold Twitter feed
  • David Arnold Interview at www.reviewgraveyard.com
  • BAFTA Video Masterclass with David Arnold
  • John Barry Memorial Concert The James Bond Theme at YouTube


This page was last modified 24.11.2012 21:57:54

This article uses material from the article David Arnold from the free encyclopedia Wikipedia and it is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License.