Arnold, D

David Arnold

Probably best known for scoring five James Bond films, Grammy award winning David Arnold is one of Britain’s most successful film composers.  He is also a record producer and has worked with some of the biggest names in rock and pop.

  • Born in Luton in 1962, the young David Arnold moved into film composition when he befriended nascent film director Danny Cannon and the pair collaborated on a number of short films. Their major film debut was on the Young Americans that Cannon helmed and Arnold scored.
  • Having worked with director Roland Emmerich on Stargate (1994), the pair continued working together on the blockbusters Independence Day (1996) and Godzilla (1998).
  • In 1997, Arnold produced Shaken and Stirred: the David Arnold James Bond Project which saw him re-work classic Bond themes with the help of singers such as Iggy Pop, Chrissie Hynde and Jarvis Cocker. The album so impressed John Barry, the composer behind many of the theme songs, that he recommended Arnold to the film franchises producer, Barbara Broccoli.
  • Of the Bond films, Arnold scored Tomorrow Never Dies, The World is Not Enough, Die Another Day, Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace.
  • His TV work includes scores for the remake of Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) and Little Britain.
  • David Arnold was appointed Music Director for the 2012 Olympic Games.

Did You Know?
David Arnold produced Dame Shirley Bassey’s 2009 album, ‘The Performance’.