Classic FM celebrates Bond music with Hollywood composers

The music of James Bond will be celebrated by Classic FM in a two-hour special broadcast featuring interviews with Bond composers David Arnold and Thomas Newman.

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Classic FM will broadcast a special celebration of music from the James Bond movies on October 19th at 8pm. The programme is hosted by film music expert Tommy Pearson, and will also feature Bond composers David Arnold and Thomas Newman.

David Arnold has scored five consecutive James Bond films, while Thomas Newman makes his Bond debut with the soundtrack to the forthcoming 23rd official Bond film, Skyfall. The show will be titled 'A James Bond Celebration: The Music of 007' and was recorded in the Global Theatre at Classic FM's headquarters.

Music from previous Bond composers John Barry right up to David Arnold and Thomas Newman will be discussed. The broadcast will also feature contributions from film music professor and Bond music expert Jon Burlingame, who joined the studio audience via a live video link from Los Angeles. 

Commenting during the programme, Newman alluded to the content of the new score for Skyfall: "Considering England right now, the Olympics and everything that's been going on, it seems very much a part of this time in England, if I can say that mysteriously!"

The announcement comes as the world celebrates Global James Bond Day on October 5th. The latest James Bond film, Skyfall (starring Daniel Craig in his third outing as Bond), is released on October 23rd.


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