Music is a huge element of the Bond films; think of 007 and you’re likely to hear the James Bond them in your head. While over the course of 23 films to date there have been a number of composers, there are probably two who people really associate with Bond.
The first of those is the late John Barry, responsible for arranging one of the most famous theme tunes in cinema history, as well as scoring a number of films afterwards.
The other is David Arnold, who has scored the five Bond films prior to Skyfall, a host of other movies and television shows, including Sherlock, and was musical director for the 2012 London Olympics.
Given Arnold’s success, it is surprising to learn that he has never given a concert on London. That is set to change on 6th July though, when he will conduct some of his best known works at London’s Royal Festival Hall on the Southbank.
David Arnold: A Life In Song will feature the new and reworked versions of the composer’s work and between performances he will discuss his compositions and give the background to the music.