Birthday of David Arnold [1962]

David Arnold, who has composed the soundtracks to a total of five James Bond films to date, was born on 23rd January 1962 in Luton.

Arnold first came to prominence in 1994 with his score for Stargate, followed two years later by Independence Day. It was John Barry who supposedly suggested to Barbara Broccoli that she hire Arnold to write a Bond soundtrack after hearing Shaken and Stirred: The David Arnold James Bond Project (1997). The album featured new versions of many Bond themes by artists that included Iggy Pop, Jarvis Cocker and Chrissie Hynde.

Starting with Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), Arnold wrote three soundtracks for Pierce Brosnan’s films as well as Casino Royale (2006) and Quantum of Solace (2008). For Skyfall (2012) and SPECTRE (2015) Sam Mendes preferred to work with his regular composer, Thomas Newman.

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