Arnold at the BMI Awards in May 2011
|Born||23 January 1962|
Luton, 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, as well as 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 and for Sherlock he, and co-composer Michael Price, won a Creative Arts Emmy for the score of "His Last Vow", the final episode in the third series. Arnold scored the BBC / Amazon Prime series Good Omens (2019) adapted by Neil Gaiman from his book Good Omens, written with Terry Pratchett. 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 No. 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.
Film music concerts
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.
He performed his music in a series of orchestral concerts in 2015: Dublin) in January (with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra); Manchester (with the Manchester Camerata) in April; and London (with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra), Birmingham and Nottingham (with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) in June 2015. He was also the special guest at 'The music of David Arnold', a concert in Lucerne in October 2015, with Ludwig Wicki conducting the 21st Century Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. On 5 June 2016 Film Music Prague performed a concert of his work, with Arnold in attendance (and performing) as special guest. In February 2016 the Royal Albert Hall announced the premiere of Independence Day Live on 22 September 2016. This celebrated the 20th anniversary of the film's release with a live orchestral performance. David Arnold gave a pre-show talk about his work and the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra and Maida Vale Singers (conducted by Gavin Greenaway) performed the original music while the film screened. The Upcoming magazine gave the event a five star review noting that "with unrivalled acoustics and a ceiling filled with floating UFO-shaped objects, the Hall set the ideal scene for the audience and the musicians alike" and that the production "kept the audience on the edge of their seats as if the film had just been released for the first time."
Arnold hosted another two concerts of his music in Dublin, at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre on 19 and 20 May 2017, with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. The first concert showcased his career in writing music for film and television, the second was Independence Day Live with the film screened as the orchestra played the score alongside. The first James Bond film ever to be screened with a live orchestra was Casino Royale in Concert which took place at the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday 30 September 2017; David Arnold held a pre-concert question and answer session.
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, David McAlmont, 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 instalment and, returning the compliment to the man he refers to as "The guvnor", included musical references to Barry's score for From Russia with Love, as well as, of course, the James Bond Theme composed by Monty Norman with Barry's arrangement.
Arnold scored the four subsequent Bond films: The World Is Not Enough, Die Another Day (in which he included references to John Barry's score for On Her Majesty's Secret Service), 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 history of working 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 Arnold's composition work on Casino Royale was reused, with a credit, in Skyfall and again in SPECTRE.
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 having been originally proposed as the opening theme. 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.
In 2017, a part of a track entitled "Vesper" from Arnold's composition work on the Casino Royale soundtrack was reused in a Sherlock episode entitled "The Final Problem", the third episode of the fourth series, in a track entitled "Pick Up" composed by Arnold himself and Michael Price.
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 October 2015 he collaborated with Lethal Bizzle and Sinead Harnett to create a song combining orchestral, grime and soul elements. The song, 'Come This Far', was performed live at a special event at One Mayfair, as part of Bulmers Cider's LiveColourful LIVE promotion, and made available as a free download from Bulmers' website. He and Sherlock co-composer Michael Price also composed the music for ITV's Jekyll and Hyde television series which premiered in October 2015.
In September 2016 the Royal Albert Hall hosted an orchestral performance of Independence Day with the score performed live to picture, David Arnold gave a pre-show talk.
|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
|2000–2001||Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased)||Working Title Films||Main theme only (composed with Tim Simenon).|
Single release by David Arnold and Nina Persson reached No. 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|
|2019||Good Omens||Amazon Studios
|2019||The Tiger Who Came To Tea||Channel 4||Animation narrated by David Walliams, score by David Arnold, song 'Hey Tiger' co-written with Don Black and sung by Robbie Williams|
|Re-arranged the main title song only|
The soundtrack is composed by Kevin Kiner
|2012||007 Legends||Eurocom||Wrote and composed the main title theme tune only|
The soundtrack is composed by Kevin Kiner
|2010–2011||Stiller & Meara||Red Hour Digital||N/A|
Singles in charts
|Year||Single||Peak chart positions||Album / Film|
|1993||"Play Dead" (with Björk)||12||18||11||33||41||7||10||The Young Americans|
|1997||"On Her Majesty's Secret Service" (with Propellerheads)||7||—||—||—||—||—||—||Shaken & Stirred|
|"Diamonds Are Forever" (with David McAlmont)||39||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1999||"One Brief Moment" (with Natacha Atlas)||125||—||—||—||—||—||—||Gedida|
|2000||"Theme From Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased)" (with Nina Persson)||49||—||—||—||—||—||—||Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased)|
|2012||"Wish You Were Here" (with Ed Sheeran, Richard Jones, Nick Mason & Mike Rutherford)||34||59||—||—||—||—||—||A Symphony of British Music|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.|
- 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
- Won: (with Michael Price) Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition for a Miniseries, Movie, or a Special – Sherlock ("His Last Vow")
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- "Gemma Arterton strikes out for Made in Dagenham musical in the West End". theguardian.com. The Guardian. 3 March 2014. Retrieved 3 March 2014.
- Carter, Brea (14 October 2015). "Bulmers combines grime, soul and orchestal music for #Live Colourful Live". Event Magazine. Retrieved 8 November 2015.
- "Michael Price Co-Scoring ITV's 'Jekyll & Hyde'". Film Music Reporter. 10 August 2015. Retrieved 20 December 2015.
- "Independence Day live at the Royal Albert Hall!". Sci-Fi Bulletin. 8 February 2016. Retrieved 9 February 2016.
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- "Ivor Novello awards: The winners". BBC News. 25 May 2000. Retrieved 16 March 2014.
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- Barrett, Claire (13 March 2013). "Rawlings the hero at Radio Awards". BBC Ariel. Retrieved 16 March 2014.
- "Alan Silvestri, David Arnold & Michael Price Win Emmy Awards". Film Music Reporter. 16 August 2014. Retrieved 17 August 2014.
- David Arnold on IMDb
- David Arnold Twitter feed
- David Arnold Interview at www.reviewgraveyard.com
- BAFTA Video Masterclass with David Arnold
- on YouTube
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