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David Arnold  * Composer

David Arnold
David Arnold
Date Of Birth
23 January 1962

David Arnold is probably best known for scoring five James Bond films and Roland Emmerich's blockbusters 'Stargate' and 'Independence Day'. He was appointed the current composer for the James Bond series at the personal recommendation of John Barry.

In addition, he has also scored various comedies, dramas, and nineteenth-century period pieces, as well as providing music for several British television series including the 2000 remake of Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) Little Britain, and Sherlock.

He has collaborated with such musical acts as Cast, The Cardigans, Kaiser Chiefs, Massive Attack, and Pulp, and solo artists Natasha Bedingfield, Melanie C, Björk, Chris Cornell, Shirley Manson, Mark Morriss and in 2009 produced Shirley Bassey's album 'The Performance.'

In February 2011 he was appointed Musical Director for the 2012 Olympic Games and the 2012 Paralympic Games in London.

Arnold took part in a tribute to John Barry on 20 June 2011 at the Royal Albert Hall in London, singing a song that was composed by Barry and playing the guitar part of the James Bond theme.

David currently working on a stage musical based upon the film 'Made in Dagenham', as well as returning to score Sherlock Series Three alongside Michael Price.

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Arnold is the second cousin of Irish singer-songwriter Damien Rice.

He 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.

Frequent collaborator with directors, Roland Emmerich and John Singleton.


Won: Best Instrumental Composition Written for a Motion Picture or for Television - Independence Day

Nominated: Best Song Written for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media - You Know My Name from Casino Royale (songwriter)


Nominated: Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music - Casino Royale

  • 2010 - 2011Stiller & Meara (TV series)
  • 2011Paul | 2011
  • 2010The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
  • 2010Morning Glory
  • 2010Made in Dagenham
  • 2010 - 2012Sherlock (TV series)
  • 2009Free Agents (TV series)
  • 2008Crooked House (TV series)
  • 2008Little Britain USA (TV series)
  • 2008Quantum of Solace
  • 2008How to Lose Friends & Alienate People
  • 2008Agent Crush
  • 2007Free Agents (TV movie)
  • 2007Hot Fuzz
  • 2003 - 2006Little Britain (TV series)
  • 2006Casino Royale
  • 2006Amazing Grace
  • 2005Stoned
  • 2005Four Brothers
  • 2004The Stepford Wives
  • 20032 Fast 2 Furious
  • 2002Die Another Day
  • 2002Enough
  • 2002Changing Lanes
  • 2001Zoolander
  • 2001The Musketeer
  • 2001Baby Boy
  • 2001UC: Undercover (TV series)
  • 2000Shaft
  • 1999The World Is Not Enough
  • 1999Wing Commander (original theme)
  • 1998Godzilla
  • 1997Tomorrow Never Dies
  • 1997A Life Less Ordinary
  • 1996Independence Day
  • 1995Last of the Dogmen
  • 1994Stargate
  • 1993The Young Americans