23 January 1962 |
Luton, Bedfordshire, England, UK
|Instruments||Clarinet, guitar, piano|
David Arnold (born 23 January 1962) is an English film composer best known for scoring five James Bond films, Stargate (1994), Independence Day (1996), Godzilla (1998) 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.
While attending a Sixth Form College in Luton, Arnold became friends with director Danny Cannon. 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.
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). 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.
Arnold performed his debut orchestral concert, showcasing his film and television music, on Sunday 6 July 2014 at London's Royal Festival Hall. The line-up featured Nicholas Dodd conducting, David McAlmont as surprise guest vocalist ("My secret weapon!" said Arnold) and the Urban Voices Collective choir, plus Mark Gatiss and Amanda Abbington introducing the suite of Sherlock music, for which Arnold's collaborator on the project, Michael Price, replaced Dodd. 
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." Barry contacted Barbara Broccoli, producer of the then-upcoming Tomorrow Never Dies, to recommend Arnold as the film's composer.
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. Arnold did not score the 23rd James Bond film, Skyfall, with Thomas Newman taking his place. 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.
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.
He is not related to another British musician, David Arnold (conductor).
|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)|
|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|
|2008||Little Britain USA||19 Entertainment
HBO Original Programming
|2008||Crooked House||Tiger Aspect Productions||TV miniseries|
|2009||Free Agents||Big Talk Productions
|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|
|Composed with Kevin Kiner|
|2010–2011||Stiller & Meara||Red Hour Digital||N/A|
- 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
- Won: Ivor Novello Awards - BASCA Fellowship (2005)
- 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
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- Official website
- David Arnold at the Internet Movie Database
- 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 on YouTube
|James Bond film score composer