David Arnold

Bond in Motion presents David Arnold and Don Black in conversation

February 16th, 2018 by

David Arnold and Don Black to speak about music of the James Bond films in March. Tickets are now on sale for the first in a series of events celebrating the talented specialists behind the James Bond films. Lyricist Don Black and composer David Arnold will be in conversation with broadcaster and writer Edith Bowman […]

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David Arnold confirms Thomas Newman for Bond 24

September 29th, 2014 by

Speaking recently to Digital Spy, David Arnold confirmed he will not be returning for Bond 24, saying: “Sam Mendes is directing and he always works with Tom Newman”. While that is not quite from the horse’s mouth, it is at least from the mouth of the extended 007 family. However, he reiterated his desire to […]

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First ever David Arnold concert in London in July

April 9th, 2014 by

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 […]

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The James Bond Theme: has it had its day?

November 13th, 2013 by

One thing that disappointed me in Skyfall was the absence of the James Bond theme at the start of the film and I think we can safely say it’s not going to return there any time soon now the precedent has been set. But to me it makes no sense having it at the end of the […]

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A music masterclass with David Arnold

December 11th, 2012 by

Earlier this year I found myself surrounded by spectacular architecture whilst on a James Bond mission in sunny Salford.  A Bond related trip to Newcastle proved to continue this theme – from the vantage point of the County Court buildings I gazed across the Tyne to Gateshead at the Baltic contemporary art gallery and Sage […]

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50 Years of Bond Music

February 29th, 2012 by

50 years of James Bond

2012 sees the 50th anniversary of the most enduring film franchise in cinema history.  By the golden anniversary of 1962’s Dr No, there will have been 23 James Bond adventures featuring six 007s, countless Bond villains, hundreds of beautiful Bond girls and almost two dozen of the most instantly recognisable theme songs in cinema history. […]

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All change in the recording studio as Bond franchise gets a new composer for Skyfall

February 8th, 2012 by


When production of the 23rd movie in the James Bond series began, many made the not unreasonable assumption that long time collaborator David Arnold would once again provide the score.  Having worked with the franchise for 14 years and provided the soundtrack for five 007 adventures, Arnold seemed like the obvious choice to compose the […]

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Quantum of Solace soundtrack

January 18th, 2012 by

After the excellent reaction to Daniel Craig’s first outing as 007 in Casino Royale, much was expected of the follow-up, Quantum of Solace.  An original story following on directly from the end of the previous instalment, the 22nd James Bond movie once again turned to an old hand to provide the soundtrack. Unlike the accelerated […]

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Thomas Newman to compose Skyfall score [MI6]

January 5th, 2012 by

Our friends at MI6 have received word that Thomas Newman will be scoring the Skyfall soundtrack in place of David Arnold, the regular Bond composer since Tomorrow Never Dies. The MI6 report notes: Newman has been a long time collaborator with “Skyfall” helmer Sam Mendes, having scored four of the directors other films: “American Beauty” (1999), […]

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Casino Royale soundtrack

November 24th, 2011 by

The James Bond franchise has seen regular changes in actors, style and direction over the years.  And, after Pierce Brosnan’s final appearance as 007 in Die Another Day, the series underwent arguably its greatest reinvention to date. Whilst being the 21st film in the series, Casino Royale took James Bond back to his roots, as […]

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