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Nick Glennie-Smith

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Nick Glennie-Smith
Also known asNickolas Glennie-Smith
BornLondon, England
GenresFilm scores
Occupation(s)Musician, composer, conductor
Instrument(s)Keyboards, synthesizer, strings, guitar
Years active1976–present

Nickolas Glennie-Smith is an English film score composer, conductor, and musician who is a frequent collaborator with Hans Zimmer, contributing to scores including The Rock (nominated for the Academy Award for Best Sound), the 2006 historical film Children of Glory and the 1993 spy thriller Point of No Return. Glennie-Smith has also composed the scores for the films Home Alone 3, The Man in the Iron Mask, We Were Soldiers, Secretariat, the score for the Disney direct-to-video animated film The Lion King II: Simba's Pride, Lauras Stern, Der kleine Eisbär 2 - Die geheimnisvolle Insel and A Sound of Thunder.

Glennie-Smith is a part of Hans Zimmer's film score company Remote Control Productions, for which he has conducted music for the soundtracks on Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, X-Men: First Class and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. He was Zimmer's accompanist on the score for Man of Steel.

Glennie-Smith is the master composer of the music in the French theme park le Puy du Fou. He has collaborated with the former Pink Floyd bassist, Roger Waters. He worked on Waters' score for the 1986 film When the Wind Blows, then provided some of the keyboard overdubbing for the song "The Powers that Be" on Waters' 1987 Radio K.A.O.S. album. He performed at the 1990 concert The Wall Live in Berlin as a keyboardist alongside Peter Wood. He also toured in the 1980s with Cliff Richard, again playing keyboards. In 1987, he was responsible, with producer Vic Coppersmith-Heaven and singer Kenny Young, for the album Transmissions[1] under the group name Gentlemen Without Weapons.

Musical career[edit]

Glennie-Smith was born in London. In 1975 he started his musical career with the band Wally, performing keyboards on their second album, Valley Gardens. In 1980, he played keyboards on Leo Sayer's album Living in a Fantasy. Also in 1980, he started recording and touring with Cliff Richard, appearing on three albums, I'm No Hero (synthesizer), Wired for Sound (engineer, piano on one song), and The Rock Connection (synthesizer on one song).[2][3][4]

Glennie-Smith is also known for his contributions to Roger Daltrey's solo albums, Under a Raging Moon, and Can't Wait to See the Movie, and Paul McCartney's solo albums Press to Play, and Flowers in the Dirt.

He has also worked with many other artists including Phil Collins, Tina Turner, Elvis Costello, Pharrell Williams, Nik Kershaw, Duane Eddy, Katrina & the Waves, and The Adventures.[5]


As primary composer[edit]

Year Title Director(s) Studio(s) Notes
1996 Two If by Sea Bill Bennett Morgan Creek Productions
Warner Bros. Pictures
The Rock Michael Bay Hollywood Pictures with Hans Zimmer & Harry Gregson-Williams
1997 Fire Down Below Félix Enríquez Alcalá Warner Bros. Pictures
Home Alone 3 Raja Gosnell 20th Century Fox
Cyclops, Baby D. J. Caruso Touchstone Pictures Short film
1998 The Man in the Iron Mask Randall Wallace Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
United Artists
The Lion King II: Simba's Pride Darrell Rooney Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
DisneyToon Studios
Direct-to-video film
Max Q Michael Shapiro Touchstone Television
Television film
1999 Michelle Kwan Skates to Disney's Greatest Hits Steve Binder ABC Family Television film. Reuses music from The Jungle Book (1967), The Aristocats (1970), The Little Mermaid (1989), Aladdin (1992), Hocus Pocus (1993), The Lion King (1994), Hercules (1997), Mulan (1998), and The Lion King II: Simba's Pride (1998).
2000 Highlander: Endgame Doug Aarniokoski Dimension Films with Stephen Graziano
2001 Attila Dick Lowry Alphaville Films Gerard Butler
2002 We Were Soldiers Randall Wallace Paramount Pictures
2004 Ella Enchanted Tommy O'Haver Miramax Films
Laura's Star Piet De Rycker [fr]
Thilo Rothkirch [de]
Warner Bros. Pictures with Hans Zimmer and Henning Lohner
2005 A Sound of Thunder Peter Hyams
The Little Polar Bear 2 – The Mysterious Island Piet De Rycker [fr]
Thilo Rothkirch [de]
Warner Bros. Pictures
Rothkirch Cartoon Film
with Hans Zimmer
2006 Children of Glory Krisztina Goda C2 Pictures
2010 Secretariat Randall Wallace Walt Disney Pictures
2013 A Belfast Story Nathan Todd Adnuco Pictures
2014 Heaven Is for Real Randall Wallace TriStar Pictures
2021 Laura's Star Joya Thome Warner Bros. Pictures with Hans Zimmer and Henning Lohner

As Other[edit]

Year Title Director(s) Composer(s) Role
1986 When the Wind Blows Jimmy T. Murakami Roger Waters Musician: Synthesizers
1990 Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead Tom Stoppard Stanley Myers
1991 Cold Heaven Nicolas Roeg
K2 Franc Roddam Hans Zimmer
Chaz Jankel
Composer of Additional Music
1993 Calendar Girl John Whitesell Hans Zimmer
Cool Runnings Jon Turteltaub Orchestrator & Composer of Additional Music
The House of the Spirits Bille August Orchestrator & Musician: Piano
1994 Monkey Trouble Franco Amurri Mark Mancina Composer of Additional Music
The Lion King Roger Allers

Rob Minkoff

Hans Zimmer Choral Conductor & Composer of Additional Music
Renaissance Man Penny Marshall Orchestrator & Composer of Additional Music
Drop Zone John Badham Composer of Additional Music
1995 Bad Boys Michael Bay Mark Mancina
Crimson Tide Tony Scott Hans Zimmer Orchestrator & Conductor
Beyond Rangoon John Boorman Conductor & Composer of Additional Music
Two Deaths Nicolas Roeg Conductor
Nine Months Chris Columbus Composer of Additional Music
1996 The Preacher's Wife Penny Marshall
1997 Smilla's Sense of Snow Bille August Harry Gregson-Williams
Hans Zimmer
2000 The Tigger Movie Jun Falkenstein Harry Gregson-Williams Conductor
Mission: Impossible 2 John Woo Hans Zimmer Musician: Synthesizers
2001 Just Visiting Jean-Marie Poiré John Powell Composer of Additional Music
2002 D-Tox Jim Gillespie
The New Guy Ed Decter Ralph Sall
2003 Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl Gore Verbinski Klaus Badelt
Hans Zimmer
2004 Thunderbirds Jonathan Frakes Ramin Djawadi
Hans Zimmer
King Arthur Antoine Fuqua Hans Zimmer Conductor & Composer of Additional Music
2006 The Da Vinci Code Ron Howard Choral Conductor & Composer of Additional Music
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Gore Verbinski Conductor & Composer of Additional Music
Déjà Vu Tony Scott Harry Gregson-Williams
2007 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End Gore Verbinski Hans Zimmer
Transformers Michael Bay Steve Jablonsky Conductor
License to Wed Ken Kwapis Christophe Beck
The Simpsons Movie David Silverman Hans Zimmer
2008 Vantage Point Pete Travis Atli Örvarsson
The Forbidden Kingdom Rob Minkoff David Buckley
Beverly Hills Chihuahua Raja Gosnell Heitor Pereira
2009 Angels & Demons Ron Howard Hans Zimmer
Imagine That Karey Kirkpatrick Mark Mancina
Surrogates Jonathan Mostow Richard Marvin
It's Complicated Nancy Meyers Hans Zimmer
Heitor Pereira
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Michael Bay Steve Jablonsky
2010 A Nightmare on Elm Street Samuel Bayer
You Again Andy Fickman Nathan Wang
How Do You Know James L. Brooks Hans Zimmer
2011 Rango Gore Verbinski
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Rob Marshall
A Little Bit of Heaven Nicole Kassell Heitor Pereira
Winnie the Pooh Stephen J. Anderson

Don Hall

Henry Jackman
X-Men: First Class Matthew Vaughn
Your Highness David Gordon Green Steve Jablonsky
Transformers: Dark of the Moon Michael Bay
2012 Battleship Peter Berg
Savages Oliver Stone Adam Peters
Wreck-It Ralph Rich Moore Henry Jackman
2013 G.I. Joe: Retaliation Jon M. Chu
This Is the End Seth Rogen

Evan Goldberg

Gangster Squad Ruben Fleischer Steve Jablonsky
Despicable Me 2 Pierre Coffin
Chris Renuad
Heitor Pereira
Pharrell Williams
Man of Steel Zack Snyder Hans Zimmer
The Lone Ranger Gore Verbinski
Pacific Rim Guillermo del Toro Ramin Djawadi
Captain Phillips Paul Greengrass Henry Jackman
2014 Winter's Tale Akiva Goldsman Hans Zimmer
Rupert Gregson-Williams
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Marc Webb Hans Zimmer
Pharrell Williams
Johnny Marr
Mike Einziger
Junkie XL
Steve Mazzaro
Andrew Kawczynski
Million Dollar Arm Craig Gillespie A. R. Rahman
Transformers: Age of Extinction Michael Bay Steve Jablonsky
2015 Run All Night Jaume Collet-Serra Junkie XL
Pixels Chris Columbus Henry Jackman
The Little Prince Mark Osborne Hans Zimmer
Richard Harvey
Black Mass Scott Cooper Junkie XL
2016 Deadpool Tim Miller
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Zack Snyder Hans Zimmer
Junkie XL
2017 Fist Fight Richie Keen Dominic Lewis
Sandy Wexler Steven Brill Rupert Gregson-Williams
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Joachim Rønning
Espen Sandberg
Geoff Zanelli
Despicable Me 3 Pierre Coffin

Kyle Balda

Heitor Pereira
Transformers: The Last Knight Michael Bay Steve Jablonsky
Hans Zimmer: Live in Prague Tim Van Someren Hans Zimmer Musical director
Geostorm Dean Devlin Lorne Balfe Conductor
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle Jake Kasdan Henry Jackman
2018 Game Over, Man! Kyle Newacheck Steve Jablonsky
Smallfoot Karey Kirkpatrick Heitor Pereira
Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween Ari Sandel Dominic Lewis
Ralph Breaks the Internet Rich Moore
Phil Johnston
Henry Jackman
Aquaman James Wan Rupert Gregson-Williams
2019 Dark Phoenix Simon Kinberg Hans Zimmer
The Lion King Jon Favreau
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil Joachim Rønning Geoff Zanelli
Jumanji: The Next Level Jake Kasdan Henry Jackman
2020 Bad Boys for Life
  • Adil El Arbi
  • Bilall Fallah
Lorne Balfe
Bloodshot David S. F. Wilson Steve Jablonsky
2022 Minions: The Rise of Gru Kyle Balda Heitor Pereira Booth Reader
Bullet Train David Leitch Dominic Lewis Conductor
Strange World Don Hall Henry Jackman


  1. ^ "Gentlemen Without Weapons Discography at Discogs". Discogs. Retrieved 28 June 2014.
  2. ^ "I'm No Hero" (Media notes). Cliff Richard. EMI. 1980.{{cite AV media notes}}: CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  3. ^ "Wired for Sound" (Media notes). Cliff Richard. EMI. 1981.{{cite AV media notes}}: CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  4. ^ "The Rock Connection" (Media notes). Cliff Richard. EMI. 1984.{{cite AV media notes}}: CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  5. ^ "Nick Glennie-Smith | Credits". AllMusic. 3 October 1951. Retrieved 28 June 2014.

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