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Arnold performing Bond in concert, 1999
"I like to go out and take very long walks, or drive for hours and empty
my head. Things just start popping into my mind without me thinking about it. Most
of the things I've thought of which have been any good have come when I've been
having a shower or just walking up the street."
- David Arnold in 1997
At the age of seven, British composer David Arnold (born in Luton in 1962) knew that he wanted to compose music for film. It was at the Luton British legionnaire
club where Arnold saw his first James Bond movie, You Only Live Twice, and the young man claimed the film's score "tainted him for life" and was the
"substantial event for him that just got him hooked." Arnold was brought up listening to Frank Sinatra, Debussy, The Beatles, and Stevie Wonder. His first
instrument was the recorder, followed by the clarinet, the electric guitar, and the piano. As a teenager, Arnold played in nursing homes and along side his
father, who sang in a number of clubs. He played with a number of punk rock bands that never really took off, so he went to college and studied theater design,
but later left to pursue his career in music.
After a number of job auditions failed, Arnold returned to his hometown of Luton. While at a local art center where Arnold rehearsed and played with bands, he
met with a young film student who asked him to score a number of short films he had been producing. One of these films was entered into the BBC's young
filmmaker's competition, and it took top honors. Arnold's first big break came when the same student, Danny Canon, asked him to write the score for his first
feature film, The Young Americans, starring Harvey Keitel in 1993. This gave Arnold the opportunity to work with a budget and Icelandic sensation Bjork
and produce a score that would merit international attention. The film went unseen by most, except for Alan Parker, a top commercial and feature director who
enjoyed the film so much that he invited Canon and Arnold to visit him in his Hollywood mansion in Bel Air.
Upon graduating from London's Royal College of Music on a foundation scholarship, Arnold took a principal position with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and was
also appointed music professor at the city's Guildhall School Of Music. His big break in the music industry came in the mid-1990's, when his popular
film scores for Stargate, Independence Day, and Tomorrow Never Dies, as well as the four subsequent James Bond films, placed him in
high demand. His collaborations with directors Roland Emmerich and John Singleton defined his career in the 1990's and 2000's, though as a composer,
Arnold's output for feature films had diminished greatly by the 2010's.
He has conducted concerts in many countries, including Japan, Sweden, Turkey, Russia, Italy, Greece and the Czech Republic. His orchestral recordings include
Symphonic Rock, Pop Goes The Beatles, Christmas Classics, Showcase: The Musicals, Addicted To Movies and three volumes of the RPO's Here Come The Classics
series. He is associate conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra and was music director for the Cathcart Proms at the Royal Albert Hall for many
years. He has been Musical Director for the BBC's Children In Need telethon since 1994. Having written and arranged for radio and television for many years,
Arnold has built up a huge music library of arrangements, from classic greats and opera to musical and film scores. His television show music in Britain is
matched by his presence on radio, where he produced station themes for BBC World Service, LBC, as well as Classic FM and countless other stations.
As a conductor, Arnold has worked with a diverse range of artists in both classical and pop music, from Rod Stewart, Annie Lennox, Tina Turner, Randy Newman and
Donny Osmond to Evelyn Glennie, Julian Lloyd Webber and Lesley Garrett. He has conducted leading orchestras around the world, including the Royal Philharmonic,
London Philharmonic, BBC Philharmonic, RTE National Symphony, BBC Concert and London Concert orchestras, as well as the Czech Symphony Orchestra and Opera North.
He received the 'Red F' award from Classic FM in 2002 for his outstanding contribution to classical music. Arnold was chosen to be the
producer of music for Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London with much fanfare. He now concentrates on conducting, composing, arranging and
producing, as well as acting as a music consultant for concerts and recording.
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|||The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader||*****||3.79||808||||||||768||12/10|
|||Made in Dagenham|
|||Quantum of Solace||***||3.24||1,002|||||||||747||11/08|
|||How to Lose Friends & Alienate People|
|||Casino Royale (AW)||****||3.65||1,465||||||||248||12/06||multiple albums|
|||The Stepford Wives|
|||2 Fast 2 Furious||**|
|||Die Another Day (AW)||**||2.12||5,376||||||||111||11/02 - 02/19||all albums|
|||Enough||***||2.53||190||||||1,271||09/03 - 02/09|
|||Changing Lanes||*||2.15||157||||||992||09/03 - 03/09|
|||The Musketeer||***||3.04||1,667|||||||371||08/01 - 01/09|
|||Baby Boy||***||2.84||159|||||984||07/03 - 01/09|
|||The World is Not Enough||****||3.25||12,432||||||||74||10/99 - 02/19||multiple albums|
|||Wing Commander (co-wrote)||***||3.42||933||||||467||03/99 - 06/08|
|||Godzilla||****||3.42||1,647|||||||69||05/98 - 03/13||all albums|
|||Tomorrow Never Dies (AW)||****||4.18||9,685|||||||47||11/97 - 03/08||all albums|
|||A Life Less Ordinary|
|||Independence Day (AW)||*****||4.08||5,050||||||||99||09/96 - 06/10||all albums|
|||Last of the Dogmen||****||3.32||203||||||632||05/98 - 04/06|
|||Stargate||****||3.99||2,898|||||||220||09/96 - 08/20||all albums|
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