James Bond: The Music of 007

22 October 2012, 12:35

Listen to James Bond's music and get to know the challenges of writing a 007 soundtrack in our exclusive interview with Bond score composers Thomas Newman and David Arnold.

It's not every evening we see two Hollywood legends spend the evening at the Classic FM studios. Thomas Newman, composer of the soundtrack to the new Bond film, Skyfall, was joined by David Arnold, who wrote the scores for the last five Bond films, for a live interview with movie music expert Tommy Pearson. This special programme was recorded in front of a live studio audience a little earlier this month – and you can listen to it again below.

With such a massive film franchise, there's a lot of pressure on soundtrack composers to deliver, but Arnold revealed it's an honour to be able to use the iconic Bond theme: "It's a moment of great joy. Whenever we did the Bond theme at a recording session that was the one where everyone wanted to attend, the one where we had the most people and everyone sat on the edge of their seats a little bit more."

Listen to The Music of James Bond: A Celebration of 007 now.