David Arnold

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David Arnold
Born (1962-01-23) 23 January 1962 (age 52)
Luton, Bedfordshire, England, UK
Genres Film score
Occupations Composer
Instruments Clarinet, guitar, piano
Years active 1993–present

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. For Independence Day he received a Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition Written for a Motion Picture or for Television. Arnold is a fellow of the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors.

Career[edit]

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]

On Thursday 29 November 2012, Arnold received an honorary degree from University of West London. Now a university honorary, he will work closely with the University in particular London College of Music, a faculty within the institute. In 2014, he appeared as himself in The Life of Rock with Brian Pern. He will be performing in an orchestral concert of his film and television music on Sunday 6 July 2014 at the Royal Festival Hall.[4]

James Bond[edit]

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."[5] Barry contacted Barbara Broccoli, producer of the then-upcoming Tomorrow Never Dies, to recommend Arnold as the film's composer.[6]

Arnold was hired to score the installment, and scored the four subsequent films: The World Is Not Enough, Die Another Day, Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace.[7] Arnold did not score the 23rd James Bond film, Skyfall, with Thomas Newman taking his place.[8] 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. However, a part of his composition on Casino Royale has been reused in Skyfall.

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[edit]

He has collaborated with such musical acts as Cast, Kaiser Chiefs, Massive Attack, and Pulp, and solo artists Natasha Bedingfield, Melanie C, Björk, Chris Cornell, Shirley Manson, Mark Morriss, Nina Persson 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's theme returned to the Eighth Doctor releases with the 2012 box set, Dark Eyes.

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.[9]

In May 2011, he was part of the United Kingdom's jury for the Eurovision Song Contest 2011.[10]

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.[11]

In 2014, Arnold teamed up with Richard Thomas, to write the music and lyrics for the new West End musical Made in Dagenham.[12]

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

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1993 The Young Americans Wedding Band Also composed the score
2000 The League of Gentlemen Victorian Gentleman with Fox TV series (1 episode: "The League of Gentlemen Christmas Special")
2003 Little Britain Minicab Controller / Politician TV series (2 episodes)

Discography[edit]

Films[edit]

Year Title Director Studio(s) Notes
1993 The Young Americans Danny Cannon PolyGram Filmed Entertainment
Working Title Films
N/A
1994 Stargate Roland Emmerich Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Canal+
Centropolis Film Productions
Carolco Pictures
N/A
1995 Last of the Dogmen Tab Murphy Savoy Pictures
(North America)
Pathé
(International)
Carolco Pictures
N/A
1996 Independence Day Roland Emmerich 20th Century Fox
Centropolis Entertainment
Nominated — Saturn Award for Best Music
Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media
1997 A Life Less Ordinary Danny Boyle 20th Century Fox
(United States)
PolyGram Filmed Entertainment
(International)
Channel Four Films
N/A
1997 Tomorrow Never Dies Roger Spottiswoode Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Eon Productions
His first James Bond film
Nominated — Saturn Award for Best Music
1998 Godzilla Roland Emmerich TriStar Pictures
Centropolis Entertainment
N/A
1999 Wing Commander Chris Roberts 20th Century Fox
Digital Anvil
Main theme only
Composed with Kevin Kiner
1999 The World Is Not Enough Michael Apted Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Eon Productions
His second James Bond film
2000 Shaft John Singleton Paramount Pictures
Scott Rudin Productions
N/A
2001 Baby Boy John Singleton Columbia Pictures N/A
2001 The Musketeer Peter Hyams Universal Pictures
Miramax Films
MDP Worldwide
Crystal Sky Worldwide
N/A
2001 Zoolander Ben Stiller Paramount Pictures
Village Roadshow Pictures

VH1 Films
NPV Entertainment
Scott Rudin Productions
N/A
2002 Changing Lanes Roger Michell Paramount Pictures N/A
2002 Hollywood Ending Woody Allen DreamWorks Pictures N/A
2002 Enough Michael Apted Columbia Pictures N/A
2002 Die Another Day Lee Tamahori Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Eon Productions
His third James Bond film
2003 2 Fast 2 Furious John Singleton Universal Pictures
Original Film
N/A
2004 The Stepford Wives Frank Oz Paramount Pictures
(United States)
DreamWorks Pictures
(International)
N/A
2005 Four Brothers John Singleton Paramount Pictures
Di Bonaventura Pictures
N/A
2005 Stoned Stephen Woolley Screen Media Films N/A
2006 Amazing Grace Michael Apted Momentum Pictures
(United Kingdom)
Samuel Goldwyn Films
(United States)
N/A
2006 Casino Royale Martin Campbell Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Columbia Pictures
Eon Productions
His fourth James Bond film
Nominated — Saturn Award for Best Music
Nominated — Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music
Nominated — Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media
World Soundtrack Award for Best Original Song Written Directly for a Film
2007 Hot Fuzz Edgar Wright Rogue Pictures
(United States)
Universal Pictures
(International)
StudioCanal
Working Title Films
Big Talk Productions
N/A
2007 Don't Edgar Wright Dimension Films
Vivendi Entertainment
Troublemaker Studios
The Weinstein Company
Fake trailer segment from Grindhouse
2008 Agent Crush Sean Robinson Fantastic Films International N/A
2008 How to Lose Friends & Alienate People Robert B. Weide Paramount Pictures
(United Kingdom)
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
(United States)
Film4
N/A
2008 Quantum of Solace Marc Forster Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Columbia Pictures
Eon Productions
His fifth and last James Bond film
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Original Score
2009 Whip It Drew Barrymore Fox Searchlight Pictures
Mandate Pictures
Flower Films
21 Laps Entertainment
N/A
2010 Made in Dagenham Nigel Cole Paramount Pictures
BBC Films
HanWay Films
N/A
2010 Morning Glory Roger Michell Paramount Pictures
Bad Robot Productions
N/A
2010 The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader Michael Apted 20th Century Fox
Walden Media
Replaced Harry Gregson-Williams
2011 Paul Greg Mottola Universal Pictures
Relativity Media
Working Title Films
Big Talk Pictures
N/A
2011 Unwatchable Marc Hawker N/A Short film
2012 The Book of Fire Mike Christie N/A As part of the 2012 Summer Paralympics closing ceremony
Short film
2012 Mr Stink Declan Lowney N/A Television film

Television[edit]

Year Title Studio(s) Notes
1997 The Visitor Centropolis Television
20th Century Fox Television
Main theme on pilot episode only
Rest of score composed by Kevin Kiner
2000-1 Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased) Working Title Films Main theme only (composed with Tim Simenon).
Single release by David Arnold and Nina Persson reached #48 (UK).
2001–2002 UC: Undercover 20th Century Fox Television Main theme only
Composed with Kevin Kiner
2003 Bloodlines: The Dracula Family Tree N/A Documentary
2003–2006 Little Britain BBC
2008 Little Britain USA 19 Entertainment
Reveille Productions
HBO Original Programming
3 episodes
2008 Crooked House Tiger Aspect Productions TV miniseries
2009 Free Agents Big Talk Productions
Bwark Productions
N/A
2010–2014 Sherlock Hartswood Films
BBC Wales
WGBH
Composed with Michael Price
British Academy Television Award for Best Original Television Music
Nominated — Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special (Original Dramatic Score) (2010, 2011)
2010–2011 Come Fly with Me BBC
Little Britain Productions
2012 The Matt Lucas Awards John Stanley Productions N/A

Video games[edit]

Year Title Developer Publisher Notes
2010 GoldenEye 007 Eurocom
(Wii)
n-Space
(DS)
Activision
Nintendo
(Wii)
Composed with Kevin Kiner

Web series[edit]

Year Title Studio(s) Notes
2010–2011 Stiller & Meara Red Hour Digital N/A

Awards[edit]

  • Won: Grammy Award – Best Instrumental Composition Written for a Motion Picture or for Television – Independence Day
  • Won: Ivor Novello Awards - Best International Film Score for The World Is Not Enough[13]
  • Won: Ivor Novello Awards - BASCA Fellowship (2005)[14]
  • 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)
  • Won: BBC Radio Awards - Best music production - The Sound of Cinema with David Arnold[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "David Arnold". soundtrack.net. Archived from the original on 2008-01-04. Retrieved 2008-02-26. 
  2. ^ "Top 100 Frequently Used Cues". soundtrack.net. Retrieved 2007-08-14. 
  3. ^ Founder of UBR (18 May 2009). "British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors". The Unsigned band review. Retrieved 4 February 2012. 
  4. ^ "David Arnold: Live in Concert - Southbank Centre". Retrieved 16 March 2014. 
  5. ^ Burlingame, Jon (1997-12-18). "Bonding with the Score: David Arnold blends the traditional with the modern in music for 'Tomorrow Never Dies.'". Los Angeles Times (Times Mirror Company). 
  6. ^ Macnee, Patrick (Narrator). The Bond Sound: The Music of 007 (DVD (Documentary)). 
  7. ^ "David Arnold Back For 'Bond 22'". commanderbond.net. Retrieved 2007-10-08. 
  8. ^ MI6-HQ Copyright 2011 (20 October 1955). "James Bond News :: MI6 :: Exclusive: Thomas Newman to compose 'Skyfall' score". Mi6-hq.com. Retrieved 2012-04-22. 
  9. ^ "James Bond composer David Arnold will be 2012 musical director". The Telegraph (London). 18 February 2011. Retrieved 22 February 2011. [dead link]
  10. ^ "UK Reveals Names Of Its Jury". Retrieved 16 August 2012. 
  11. ^ "Composer John Barry remembered at memorial concert". BBC. 2011-06-21. Retrieved 21 June 2011. 
  12. ^ "Gemma Arterton strikes out for Made in Dagenham musical in the West End". theguardian.com. The Guardian. 3 March 2014. Retrieved 3 March 2014. 
  13. ^ "Ivor Novello awards: The winners". BBC News. 25 May 2000. Retrieved 16 March 2014. 
  14. ^ Gillespie, Ruth (25 January 2005). "Bond scorer Arnold’s Ivor Novello honour". The Stage. Retrieved 16 March 2014. 
  15. ^ Barrett, Claire (13 March 2013). "Rawlings the hero at Radio Awards". BBC Ariel. Retrieved 16 March 2014. 

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Preceded by
Éric Serra
1995
James Bond film score composer
1997–2008
Succeeded by
Thomas Newman