On this day in Film History: Happy Birthday David Arnold

On this day in film history, English film composer David Arnold was born on January 23, 1962.


Arnold is perhaps best known for composing the scores to no less than five James Bond films: Tomorrow Never Dies (1997); The World is Not Enough (1999); Die Another Day (2002); Casino Royale (2006); and Quantum of Solace (2008). Arnold has stated that he has been a lifelong fan of James Bond and of Bond composer John Barry, who wrote the music for 11 Bond films between 1963 and 1987. It was John Barry who recommended Arnold to compose the music for Tomorrow Never Dies.


Arnold’s first Bond film

Quantum Of Solace Poster 3

And his last Bond film (to date)

David Arnold is also responsible for composing the music to Stargate (1994); Independence Day (1996); The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010); and he has also supplied the main theme for Independence Day: Resurgence (2016).

Also working in television music, David Arnold has also composed the music for the hit BBC television show Sherlock (working as a co-composer with Michael Price) and was nominated for an Emmy award for his work in that series. From James Bond to Sherlock Holmes, David Arnold has certainly been busy in the world of film and television music (and the world is a better place for his work). Keep composing Mr. Arnold, we can’t wait to see what you work on next.

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