David Buckley

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David Buckley
Born (1976-06-07) 7 June 1976 (age 46)[1]
London, England[1]
GenresFilm score, rock, classical
InstrumentsGuitar, piano, vocals
Years active2004–present

David Buckley (born 7 June 1976) is a British composer of film and television scores, based in Santa Monica, California.[2]


Born in London in 1976,[1] Buckley's first involvement with film music was as a cathedral choirboy performing on Peter Gabriel’s score for Martin Scorsese’s The Last Temptation of Christ.[3] He continued his musical education at the University of Cambridge. In 2006, Buckley moved to Los Angeles to collaborate on a number of Harry Gregson-Williams’ scores, including Shrek, Gone Baby Gone, Flushed Away, Arthur Christmas, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time and The Number 23. In addition to his work for Gregson-Williams, he has written additional music for Danny Elfman on films including American Hustle, Big Eyes and all Fifty Shades movies (including the choral piece "Bliss") and for Hans Zimmer and Rupert Gregson-Williams on Winter's Tale and Wonder Woman.

He has worked with filmmakers including Ridley and Tony Scott, Ben Affleck, Joel Schumacher, Rob Minkoff, Luc Besson & Taylor Hackford. Notable film scores include The Town, Jason Bourne, Papillon, The Forbidden Kingdom and Angel Has Fallen. He is also the composer for the critically acclaimed Scott Free-produced CBS television series The Good Wife and its spinoff The Good Fight. His music from The Good Wife was prominently featured in the 2015 David O. Russell film Joy.

Buckley was included in BAFTA's list of "Brits to Watch",[4] is the recipient of numerous BMI Awards, and earned an Emmy Award nomination in 2017 for Outstanding Theme Music for his work on The Good Fight.[5]



Year Title Director Studio(s) Notes
2008 The Forbidden Kingdom Rob Minkoff Lionsgate
The Weinstein Company
2009 Tell-Tale Michael Cuesta Scott Free Productions
Blood Creek Joel Schumacher Lionsgate
2010 From Paris with Love Pierre Morel Lionsgate
In the Land of the Free... Vadim Jean Gold Circle Films Documentary films
The Town Ben Affleck Warner Bros. Pictures Composed with Harry Gregson-Williams
2011 Trespass Joel Schumacher Millennium Entertainment
Book of Dragons Steve Hickner DreamWorks Animation Short film
2012 ATM David Brooks IFC Films
Gone Heitor Dhalia Summit Entertainment
2013 Parker Taylor Hackford FilmDistrict
2016 Grimsby Louis Leterrier Columbia Pictures Composed with Erran Baron Cohen
Jason Bourne Paul Greengrass Universal Pictures Composed with John Powell
The Nice Guys Shane Black Warner Bros. Pictures Composed with John Ottman
The Master Jon Saunders Warner Bros. Pictures
2017 The Boy Downstairs Sophie Brooks FilmRise
Papillon Michael Noer Bleecker Street
2019 Arctic Dogs Aaron Woodley Open Road Films
Angel Has Fallen Ric Roman Waugh Lionsgate Films
2020 Greenland Ric Roman Waugh STX Entertainment
Unhinged Derrick Borte Solstice Studios
2021 Nobody Ilya Naishuller Universal Pictures

Additional music[edit]

Year Title Director Studio(s) Notes
2006 Flushed Away David Bowers
Sam Fell
Aardman Animations
DreamWorks Animation
Composer of additional music
Main score by Harry Gregson-Williams
2007 The Number 23 Joel Schumacher New Line Cinema
Shrek the Third Chris Miller
Raman Hui
DreamWorks Animation
Pacific Data Images
Gone Baby Gone Ben Affleck The Ladd Company
Miramax Films
2008 Jolene Dan Ireland Entertainment One
2011 Arthur Christmas Sarah Smith Aardman Animations
Sony Pictures Animation
2013 American Hustle David O. Russell Annapurna Pictures
Columbia Pictures
Composer of additional music
Main score by Danny Elfman
2014 Big Eyes Tim Burton The Weinstein Company
Winter's Tale Akiva Goldsman Warner Bros. Pictures Composer of additional music
Main score by Hans Zimmer & Rupert Gregson-Williams
2015 Fifty Shades Of Grey Sam Taylor-Johnson Universal Pictures Composer of additional music
Main score by Danny Elfman
2017 Wonder Woman Patty Jenkins Warner Bros. Pictures Composer of additional music
Main score by Rupert Gregson-Williams
Fifty Shades Darker James Foley Universal Pictures Composer of additional music
Main score by Danny Elfman
2018 Fifty Shades Freed James Foley Universal Pictures


Year Title Original channel(s) aired Notes
2010–15 The Good Wife CBS
2012 Coma A&E Miniseries
2013 Killing Lincoln National Geographic Channel Television film
2015 Proof TNT
2016 Mercy Street PBS Miniseries
2016 Killing Reagan National Geographic Channel Television film
2016 BrainDead CBS
2017–19 The Good Fight Nominated – Emmy Award for Outstanding Theme Music (2017)

The Gifted

Fox with John Ottman
2019–present Evil CBS
2022-present The Sandman Netflix

Video games[edit]

Year Title Developer(s) Publisher(s) Notes
2008 Metal Gear Solid 4 Konami Konami Additional Music
2010 Shrek Forever After XPEC Activision
2013 Call of Duty: Ghosts Infinity Ward
Raven Software
2015 Batman: Arkham Knight Rocksteady Studios Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Composed with Nick Arundel
2016 Batman: Arkham VR Rocksteady Studios Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Composed with Nick Arundel


  1. ^ a b c "David Buckley - Soundtrack.Net". www.soundtrack.net. Retrieved 16 June 2019.
  2. ^ "David Buckley – Official Composer Website". David Buckley. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  3. ^ "15 questions | Interview | David Buckley | Making an Entrance".
  4. ^ "Discover More About Our 42 Brits". British Academy of Film and Television Arts. 5 July 2011.
  5. ^ "2017 EMMY® AWARDS NOMINATIONS FOR PROGRAMS AIRING JUNE 1, 2016 – MAY 31, 2017" (PDF). Emmys.org. 13 July 2017. Retrieved 16 July 2017.

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