David Arnold

David G. Arnold (born 23 January 1962) is a British film composer best known for scoring five James Bond films, Stargate (1994), Independence Day (1996), Godzilla (1998) and the television series Little Britain and Sherlock. For Independence Day he received a Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition Written for a Motion Picture or for Television and for Sherlock he, and co-composer Michael Price, won a Creative Arts Emmy[1] for the score of "His Last Vow", the final episode in the third series. Arnold is a fellow of the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors. Arnold is scoring the BBC / Amazon Prime series Good Omens adapted by Neil Gaiman from his book Good Omens, written with Terry Pratchett.[2]

David G. Arnold
Born23 January 1962 (age 57)
Luton, England, UK
GenresFilm score
InstrumentsClarinet, guitar, piano
Years active1993–present


While attending a Sixth Form College in Luton, Arnold became friends with director Danny Cannon.[3] Cannon initially created short films for which Arnold was asked to write the music. The two made their respective major film debuts with The Young Americans. "Play Dead", a song from the film with singer Björk, charted #12 in the UK. The following year he scored Stargate and Last of the Dogmen, with excerpts from the former ranking third in the most commonly used soundtrack cues for film trailers.[4]

Arnold then composed music for Stargate director Roland Emmerich's next two movies, Independence Day and Godzilla, as well as four movies for director John Singleton. In addition, he has scored various comedies, dramas, and nineteenth-century period pieces, as well as providing music for several British television shows including the 2000 remake of Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) and Little Britain. During film production, his compositions are conducted by Nicholas Dodd. In 2010, he composed the music for Come Fly With Me, a British television series from the producers of Little Britain.

He is a member of the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA).[5] On Thursday 29 November 2012, Arnold received an honorary degree from University of West London.[6] Now a university honorary, he will work closely with the University in particular London College of Music, a faculty within the institute. In 2014, he appeared as himself in The Life of Rock with Brian Pern.

Film music concerts

Arnold performed his debut orchestral concert, showcasing his film and television music, on Sunday 6 July 2014 at London's Royal Festival Hall.[7] The line-up featured Nicholas Dodd conducting, David McAlmont as surprise guest vocalist ("My secret weapon!" said Arnold) and the Urban Voices Collective choir, plus Mark Gatiss and Amanda Abbington introducing the suite of Sherlock music, for which Arnold's collaborator on the project, Michael Price, replaced Dodd.[8]

He performed his music in a series of orchestral concerts in 2015: Dublin[9]) in January (with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra); Manchester[10] (with the Manchester Camerata) in April; and London[11] (with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra), Birmingham[12] and Nottingham[13] (with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) in June 2015. He was also the special guest at 'The music of David Arnold[14]', a concert in Lucerne in October 2015, with Ludwig Wicki conducting the 21st Century Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. On 5 June 2016 Film Music Prague performed a concert of his work, with Arnold in attendance (and performing) as special guest.[15] In February 2016 the Royal Albert Hall announced[16] the premiere of Independence Day Live on 22 September 2016. This celebrated the 20th anniversary of the film's release with a live orchestral performance. David Arnold gave a pre-show talk about his work and the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra and Maida Vale Singers (conducted by Gavin Greenaway) performed the original music while the film screened. The Upcoming magazine gave the event a five star review noting that "with unrivalled acoustics and a ceiling filled with floating UFO-shaped objects, the Hall set the ideal scene for the audience and the musicians alike" and that the production "kept the audience on the edge of their seats as if the film had just been released for the first time."[17]

Arnold hosted another two concerts of his music in Dublin, at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre on 19 and 20 May 2017, with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. The first concert showcased his career in writing music for film and television,[18] the second was Independence Day Live with the film screened as the orchestra played the score alongside.[19] The first James Bond film ever to be screened with a live orchestra was Casino Royale in Concert which took place at the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday 30 September 2017; David Arnold held a pre-concert question and answer session.[20]

James Bond

Arnold was a Bond fan from an early age and also a fan of Bond composer John Barry. In 1997, Arnold produced Shaken and Stirred: The David Arnold James Bond Project, an album featuring new versions of the themes from various James Bond films. The album featured a variety of contemporary artists including Jarvis Cocker, Chrissie Hynde, David McAlmont, Propellerheads and Iggy Pop; a version of You Only Live Twice by Björk was recorded but not included on the album. John Barry, the composer of many of the themes on the album, was complimentary about Arnold's interpretation of his work; "He was very faithful to the melodic and harmonic content, but he's added a whole other rhythmic freshness and some interesting casting in terms of the artists chosen to do the songs. I think it's a terrific album. I'm very flattered."[21] Barry contacted Barbara Broccoli, producer of the then-upcoming Tomorrow Never Dies, to recommend Arnold as the film's composer.[22] Arnold was hired to score the installment and, returning the compliment to the man he refers to as "The guvnor",[23] included musical references to Barry's score for From Russia with Love (as well as, of course, the James Bond Theme by Monty Norman).

Arnold scored the four subsequent Bond films: The World Is Not Enough, Die Another Day (in which he included references to John Barry's score for On Her Majesty's Secret Service), Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace.[24] Arnold did not score the 23rd James Bond film, Skyfall, with Thomas Newman taking his place.[25] Arnold commented that Newman had been selected by the film's director, Sam Mendes, because of their history of working together, rather than because of Arnold's commitment to working with director Danny Boyle as composer for the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics. (However, a part of Arnold's composition work on Casino Royale was reused in Skyfall.)

Arnold also co-wrote the main theme songs for The World Is Not Enough ("The World Is Not Enough" by Garbage) and Casino Royale ("You Know My Name" by Chris Cornell), as well as "Surrender" by k.d. lang which appears during the end credits of Tomorrow Never Dies having been originally proposed as the opening theme. Arnold also contributed the main themes to Kevin Kiner's score for Activision's GoldenEye 007, the remake of the 1997 game of the same name.

In 2017, a part of a track entitled "Vesper" from Arnold's composition work on the Casino Royale soundtrack was reused in a Sherlock episode entitled "The Final Problem", the third episode of the fourth series, in a track entitled "Pick Up" composed by Arnold himself[26] and Michael Price.

Other work

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

In 2001, he provided a new arrangement of Ron Grainer's Doctor Who theme music for the Eighth Doctor audio dramas from Big Finish Productions. His version was used as the Eighth Doctor theme starting with 2001's Storm Warning until 2008, when it was replaced with a new version arranged by Nicholas Briggs starting with Dead London. Arnold's theme returned to the Eighth Doctor releases with the 2012 box set, Dark Eyes.

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

In February 2011, it was announced that he was appointed Musical Director for the 2012 Olympic Games and the 2012 Paralympic Games in London.[27]

In May 2011, he was part of the United Kingdom's jury for the Eurovision Song Contest 2011.[28]

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.[29]

In 2014, Arnold teamed up with Richard Thomas, to write the music and lyrics for the new West End musical Made in Dagenham.[30]

In October 2015 he collaborated with Lethal Bizzle and Sinead Harnett to create a song combining orchestral, grime and soul elements. The song, 'Come This Far', was performed live[31] at a special event at One Mayfair, as part of Bulmers Cider's LiveColourful LIVE promotion, and made available as a free download from Bulmers' website. He and Sherlock co-composer Michael Price also composed the music for ITV's Jekyll and Hyde television series which premiered in October 2015.[32]

In September 2016 the Royal Albert Hall hosted an orchestral performance of Independence Day with the score performed live to picture, David Arnold gave a pre-show talk.[33]


Year Title Role Notes
1993 The Young Americans Wedding Band Also composed the score
2000 The League of Gentlemen Victorian Gentleman with Fox TV series (1 episode: "The League of Gentlemen Christmas Special")
2003 Little Britain Minicab Controller / Politician TV series (2 episodes)
2007 Hot Fuzz First and final tracks Hot Fuzz (soundtrack)



Year Title Director Studio(s) Notes
1993 The Young Americans Danny Cannon PolyGram Filmed Entertainment
Working Title Films
1994 Stargate Roland Emmerich Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Centropolis Film Productions
Carolco Pictures
1995 Last of the Dogmen Tab Murphy Savoy Pictures
(North America)
Carolco Pictures
1996 Independence Day Roland Emmerich 20th Century Fox
Centropolis Entertainment
1997 A Life Less Ordinary Danny Boyle 20th Century Fox
(United States)
PolyGram Filmed Entertainment
Channel Four Films
1997 Tomorrow Never Dies Roger Spottiswoode Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Eon Productions
1998 Godzilla Roland Emmerich TriStar Pictures
Centropolis Entertainment
1999 Wing Commander Chris Roberts 20th Century Fox
Digital Anvil
Main theme only
Composed with Kevin Kiner
1999 The World Is Not Enough Michael Apted Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Eon Productions
2000 Shaft John Singleton Paramount Pictures
Scott Rudin Productions
2001 Baby Boy John Singleton Columbia Pictures N/A
2001 The Musketeer Peter Hyams Universal Pictures
Miramax Films
MDP Worldwide
Crystal Sky Worldwide
2001 Zoolander Ben Stiller Paramount Pictures
Village Roadshow Pictures

VH1 Films
NPV Entertainment
Scott Rudin Productions
2002 Changing Lanes Roger Michell Paramount Pictures N/A
2002 Hollywood Ending Woody Allen DreamWorks Pictures N/A
2002 Enough Michael Apted Columbia Pictures N/A
2002 Die Another Day Lee Tamahori Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Eon Productions
2003 2 Fast 2 Furious John Singleton Universal Pictures
Original Film
2004 The Stepford Wives Frank Oz Paramount Pictures
(United States)
DreamWorks Pictures
2005 Four Brothers John Singleton Paramount Pictures
Di Bonaventura Pictures
2005 Stoned Stephen Woolley Screen Media Films N/A
2006 Amazing Grace Michael Apted Momentum Pictures
(United Kingdom)
Samuel Goldwyn Films
(United States)
2006 Casino Royale Martin Campbell Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Columbia Pictures
Eon Productions
2007 Hot Fuzz Edgar Wright Rogue Pictures
(United States)
Universal Pictures
Working Title Films
Big Talk Productions
2007 Don't Edgar Wright Dimension Films
Vivendi Entertainment
Troublemaker Studios
The Weinstein Company
Fake trailer segment from Grindhouse
2008 Agent Crush Sean Robinson Fantastic Films International N/A
2008 How to Lose Friends & Alienate People Robert B. Weide Paramount Pictures
(United Kingdom)
(United States)
2008 Quantum of Solace Marc Forster Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Columbia Pictures
Eon Productions
2009 Whip It Drew Barrymore Fox Searchlight Pictures
Mandate Pictures
Flower Films
21 Laps Entertainment
2010 Made in Dagenham Nigel Cole Paramount Pictures
BBC Films
HanWay Films
2010 Morning Glory Roger Michell Paramount Pictures
Bad Robot Productions
2010 The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader Michael Apted 20th Century Fox
Walden Media
Contains themes composed by Harry Gregson-Williams
2011 Paul Greg Mottola Universal Pictures
Relativity Media
Working Title Films
Big Talk Pictures
2011 Unwatchable Marc Hawker N/A Short film
2012 The Book of Fire Mike Christie N/A As part of the 2012 Summer Paralympics closing ceremony
Short film
2012 Mr Stink Declan Lowney N/A Television film
2016 Independence Day: Resurgence Roland Emmerich 20th Century Fox
TSG Entertainment
Centropolis Entertainment
Electric Entertainment
Theme only
Composed with Thomas Wander and Harald Kloser


Year Title Studio(s) Notes
1997 The Visitor Centropolis Television
20th Century Fox Television
Main theme on pilot episode only
Rest of score composed by Kevin Kiner
2000-2001 Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased) Working Title Films Main theme only (composed with Tim Simenon).
Single release by David Arnold and Nina Persson reached #48 (UK).
2001–2002 UC: Undercover 20th Century Fox Television Main theme only
Composed with Kevin Kiner
2003 Bloodlines: The Dracula Family Tree N/A Documentary
2003–2006 Little Britain BBC
2008 Little Britain USA 19 Entertainment
Reveille Productions
HBO Original Programming
3 episodes
2008 Crooked House Tiger Aspect Productions TV miniseries
2009 Free Agents Big Talk Productions
Bwark Productions
2010–2017 Sherlock Hartswood Films
BBC Wales
Composed with Michael Price
British Academy Television Award for Best Original Television Music
Nominated — Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special (Original Dramatic Score) (2010, 2011)
2010–2011 Come Fly with Me BBC
Little Britain Productions
2012 The Matt Lucas Awards John Stanley Productions N/A

Video games

Year Title Developer Publisher Notes
2010 GoldenEye 007 Eurocom
(Wii/PS3/Xbox 360)
Re-arranged the main title song only
The soundtrack is composed by Kevin Kiner
2012 007 Legends Eurocom Wrote and composed the main title theme tune only
The soundtrack is composed by Kevin Kiner

Web series

Year Title Studio(s) Notes
2010–2011 Stiller & Meara Red Hour Digital N/A

Singles in charts

Year Single Peak chart positions Album / Film

1993 "Play Dead" (with Björk) 12 18 11 33 41 7 10 The Young Americans
1997 "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" (with Propellerheads) 7 Shaken & Stirred
"Diamonds Are Forever" (with David McAlmont) 39
1999 "One Brief Moment" (with Natacha Atlas) 125 Gedida
2000 "Theme From Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased)" (with Nina Persson) 49 Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased)
2012 "Wish You Were Here" (with Ed Sheeran, Richard Jones, Nick Mason & Mike Rutherford) 34 59 A Symphony of British Music
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.



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Preceded by
Éric Serra
James Bond film score composer
Succeeded by
Thomas Newman
2 Fast 2 Furious

2 Fast 2 Furious (alternatively known as The Fast and the Furious 2 or Fast & Furious 2) is a 2003 American action thriller film directed by John Singleton, produced by Neal H. Moritz and written by Michael Brandt and Derek Haas. It is the second installment in The Fast and the Furious franchise, and a standalone sequel to The Fast and the Furious (2001). The film stars Paul Walker, Tyrese Gibson, Eva Mendes, Ludacris, and Cole Hauser. The film follows former cop Brian O'Conner, who teams up with Roman Pearce and U.S. Customs Service agent Monica Fuentes to bring down drug lord Carter Verone.

The film saw a majority of shooting being done on location in Miami, and was released on June 6, 2003, grossing over $236 million worldwide from an estimated $76 million budget. It is followed by The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006) and Fast & Furious (2009).

Casino Royale (2006 soundtrack)

Casino Royale: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. The soundtrack to the 2006 film Casino Royale was released by Sony Classical on November 14, 2006. The music was composed by David Arnold and is Arnold's fourth soundtrack for the popular James Bond movie series. Frequent collaborator Nicholas Dodd orchestrated and conducted the score.

Changing Lanes

Changing Lanes is a 2002 American drama thriller film directed by Roger Michell and starring Ben Affleck and Samuel L. Jackson. The film follows a successful, young Wall Street lawyer (Affleck) who accidentally crashes his car into a vehicle driven by a middle-aged, recovering alcoholic insurance salesman (Jackson). After the lawyer leaves the scene of the accident, the two men try to get back at each other, engaging in a variety of immoral and illegal actions that end up having a major impact on each man's life.

The film was released on April 12, 2002 in North America by Paramount Pictures. The film was favourably reviewed by critics and it was a box office success, earning almost $95 million against a $45 million budget. Writers Chap Taylor and Michael Tolkin were nominated for the WAFCA Award for Best Original Screenplay for their work.

David Croll

David Arnold Croll, (born Davud Avrum Croll; March 12, 1900 – June 11, 1991) was a Canadian politician. He served as the mayor of Windsor, Ontario twice. He entered provincial politics in the 1930s, and served as minister of public works and municipal affairs in the Mitch Hepburn government. He won election to the House of Commons of Canada in 1945. In 1955 he was appointed to the Senate of Canada, becoming the first Jewish Senator. He served as a senator until his death, on June 11, 1991, a few hours after what would be his last senate sitting.

Four Brothers (film)

Four Brothers is a 2005 American crime thriller film directed by John Singleton. The film stars Mark Wahlberg, Tyrese Gibson, André Benjamin and Garrett Hedlund as adopted siblings who avenge the death of their mother. The film was shot in Detroit, Michigan. The film is loosely based on the 1965 film The Sons of Katie Elder, which was also distributed by Paramount Pictures. Four Brothers was released in the United States on August 12, 2005.

Hollywood Ending

Hollywood Ending is a 2002 American comedy film written and directed by Woody Allen, who also plays the principal character. It tells the story of a once-famous film director who suffers hysterical blindness due to the intense pressure of directing.

James Bond music

The James Bond film series from Eon Productions features numerous musical compositions since its inception in 1962, many of which are now considered classic pieces of British film music. The best known of these pieces is the ubiquitous "James Bond Theme". Other instrumentals, such as the "007 Theme" or "On Her Majesty's Secret Service", and various songs, such as Shirley Bassey's "Goldfinger", Paul McCartney's "Live and Let Die", Carly Simon's "Nobody Does It Better", Sheena Easton's "For Your Eyes Only" and Duran Duran's "A View to a Kill" have also become identified with the series. Two Bond songs have won the Academy Award for Best Original Song: "Skyfall" by Adele and "Writing's on the Wall" by Sam Smith.

Play Dead (song)

"Play Dead" is a song by Icelandic singer Björk, and was released as the only single from the soundtrack of the 1993 crime drama The Young Americans. The song wasn't included in the first edition of Debut but was later included as a bonus track, and the album was re-issued October 11, 1993. The song was written by Jah Wobble, Björk featuring David Arnold, and was produced by Cannon, Arnold, receiving additional production and mixing by Tim Simenon. The song, inspired by the main character of the film, was released in October 1993.

A mainly trip hop-influenced track, the song charted in the top 20 in the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden. An accompanying music video was released, featuring images from the film. "Play Dead" was included in Björk's 2002 greatest hits album Greatest Hits.

Quantum of Solace (soundtrack)

Quantum of Solace: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is the soundtrack album for the James Bond film of the same name. Released on 17 October 2008. The album contains the score composed by David Arnold. It is Arnold's fifth soundtrack for the James Bond franchise. His frequent collaborator Nicholas Dodd orchestrated and conducted the score.

Shaft (2000 film)

Shaft is a 2000 American action comedy thriller film directed by John Singleton and starring Samuel L. Jackson, Vanessa L. Williams, Jeffrey Wright, Christian Bale, Dan Hedaya, Busta Rhymes, Toni Collette and Richard Roundtree. Although the film was marketed as a remake of the 1971 film of the same name, it is rather a sequel, therefore making it a fourth installment, with Jackson's John Shaft character being the nephew of the earlier films' Shaft. The film received generally positive reviews and opened at the number-one position at the box office when it debuted June 16, 2000.

Stargate (film)

Stargate is a 1994 science fiction adventure film released through Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) and Carolco Pictures. Written by Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich, the film is the first release in the Stargate franchise. Directed by Emmerich, the film stars Kurt Russell, James Spader, Jaye Davidson, Alexis Cruz, Mili Avital, and Viveca Lindfors. The plot centers on the premise of a "Stargate", an ancient ring-shaped device that creates a wormhole enabling travel to a similar device elsewhere in the universe. The film's central plot explores the theory of extraterrestrial beings having an influence upon human civilization.

The film had a mixed initial critical reception, earning both praise and criticism for its atmosphere, story, characters, and graphic content. Nevertheless, Stargate became a commercial success worldwide. Devlin and Emmerich gave the rights to the franchise to MGM when they were working on their 1996 film Independence Day, and MGM retains the domestic television rights. The rights to the Stargate film are owned by StudioCanal, with Lions Gate Entertainment handling most distribution in international theatrical and worldwide home video releases, although Rialto Pictures handles domestic distribution under license from StudioCanal.

The Musketeer

The Musketeer is a 2001 American action-adventure film based on Alexandre Dumas's classic novel The Three Musketeers, directed and photographed by Peter Hyams and starring Catherine Deneuve, Mena Suvari, Stephen Rea, Tim Roth and Justin Chambers.

The film features Tsui Hark's regular actor Xin-Xin Xiong as a stunt choreographer.

The World Is Not Enough

The World Is Not Enough is a 1999 spy film, the nineteenth in the James Bond series produced by Eon Productions, and the third to star Pierce Brosnan as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. The film was directed by Michael Apted, with the original story and screenplay written by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, and Bruce Feirstein. It was produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli. The title is taken from a line in the 1963 novel On Her Majesty's Secret Service.

The film's plot revolves around the assassination of billionaire Sir Robert King by the terrorist Renard, and Bond's subsequent assignment to protect King's daughter Elektra, who had previously been held for ransom by Renard. During his assignment, Bond unravels a scheme to increase petroleum prices by triggering a nuclear meltdown in the waters of Istanbul.

Filming locations included Spain, France, Azerbaijan, Turkey, and the UK, with interiors shot at Pinewood Studios. Despite receiving mixed reviews, with the plot and Denise Richards' casting being frequently targeted for criticism, The World Is Not Enough earned $361,832,400 worldwide. It was also the first Eon-produced Bond film to be officially released under the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer label instead of United Artists, the original owner and distributor of the film franchise.

The World Is Not Enough (song)

"The World Is Not Enough" is the theme song from the eponymous 1999 James Bond film, performed by American-Scottish alternative rock band Garbage. The song was written by composer David Arnold (who also scored the film) and lyricist Don Black, previously responsible for four other Bond songs, and was produced by Garbage and Arnold. "The World Is Not Enough" was composed in the style of the series' title songs, in contrast with the post-modern production and genre-hopping of Garbage's first two albums. The group recorded most of "The World Is Not Enough" while touring Europe in support of their album Version 2.0, telephoning Arnold as he recorded the orchestral backing in London before travelling to England. Garbage later finished recording and mixing the song at Armoury Studios in Canada. The lyrics reflect the film's plot (told from the viewpoint of antagonist Elektra King), with themes of world domination and seduction.

The song and its accompanying soundtrack were released internationally by Radioactive Records when the film premiered worldwide at the end of November 1999. "The World Is Not Enough" was praised by reviewers; it reached the top forty of ten singles charts and the top ten of four. It was included on the James Bond compilation The Best of Bond... James Bond and Garbage's greatest hits album, Absolute Garbage.

The World Is Not Enough (soundtrack)

The World Is Not Enough is the 1999 soundtrack of the 19th James Bond film of the same name and the second Bond soundtrack composed by David Arnold. The score features more instances of electronic music, which Arnold included to "make the thing a little more contemporary". To add an ethnic flavor to tracks that conveyed the film's Turkey and Central Asia setting, Arnold brought in percussionist Pete Lockett, qanun player Abdullah Chhadeh, and singer Natacha Atlas.Arnold broke tradition by not ending the film with a new song or a reprise of the opening theme. Originally, Arnold intended to use the song "Only Myself to Blame", written by David Arnold & Don Black and sung by Scott Walker and inspired by the failed romance between Bond and Elektra King, who turns out to be a villain. However, director Michael Apted "felt it was too much of a downer for the end of the movie" and Arnold replaced it with a techno remix of the "James Bond Theme". "Only Myself to Blame", is the nineteenth and final track on the album.The soundtrack was recorded across six days in September 1999 by an 83-piece orchestra conducted by Arnold collaborator Nicholas Dodd. Dodd described The World Is Not Enough as his favorite Bond score.Elektra King was provided with her own theme, most prominently heard in "Casino," "Elektra's Theme" and "I Never Miss." Arnold added two new themes to the Bond repertoire with this score, both of which are reused in Die Another Day. The first is an action theme, performed on the upper-registers of the piano, heard during "Pipeline" and "Submarine." The second is a romance theme, first heard in the film during the skiing sequence, but not heard here until the "Christmas in Turkey" cue, in a simple arrangement for piano.

Tomorrow Never Dies (soundtrack)

Tomorrow Never Dies is the soundtrack of the 18th James Bond film of the same name.

David Arnold composed the score of Tomorrow Never Dies, his first full Bond soundtrack. Arnold came to the producer's attention due to his successful cover interpretations in Shaken and Stirred: The David Arnold James Bond Project—which featured major artists performing classic James Bond title songs.

The theme tune was chosen through a competitive process. There were approximately twelve submissions; including songs from Swan Lee,

Pulp, Saint Etienne, Marc Almond, and Sheryl Crow. According to Nina Persson of Swedish pop group The Cardigans, they were also asked to submit a theme song candidate, but rejected the request due to exhaustion that would be exacerbated by the potential added workload; Persson has called her decision to turn down the offer "one of my biggest mistakes."Crow's theme was eventually picked by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. In the meantime, a bold, brassy number in the classic John Barry/Shirley Bassey vein that Arnold himself wrote with David McAlmont and lyricist Don Black with the intent of being a theme, was relegated to the end credits with the title "Surrender". While McAlmont recorded the demo, "Surrender" was eventually recorded by k.d. lang after an extensive selective process.The score itself follows Barry's classical style in both composition and orchestration, together with modern electronic rhythms present in most cues. Because the title song was changed so close to the film's release date, there was no time to work Crow's melody into any of the score. As a result, melody patterns from "Surrender" appear prominently many times in the score, mainly in the action cues, but it can also be heard in the dramatic "All in a Day's Work" track.The DVD version of the film has an "isolated music track" allowing the viewer to watch the film with just the background music.

Scoring of the film had not been completed when the soundtrack was released so on January 11, 2000 (2000-01-11) a second album was released by Chapter III Records which removed the theme songs, Moby's Bond theme remake and "Station Break", and had additional music, as well as an interview with David Arnold.

You Know My Name

"You Know My Name", performed by Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell, is the theme song to the 2006 James Bond film, Casino Royale. Cornell wrote it jointly with David Arnold, the soundtrack's composer. The film producers chose Cornell because they wanted a strong male singer. Cornell and Arnold tried to make the song a replacement theme for the character instead of the "James Bond theme" reflecting the agent's inexperience in Casino Royale, as well as an introduction to Daniel Craig's grittier and more emotional portrayal of Bond. The single sold 148,000 copies in 2006 in the UK, peaked at number 7 in the UK singles chart, and has sold 323,000 digital copies and 3.5 million streams in the U.S. as of 2017.The track was leaked onto the Internet on September 20, 2006, and released as a single on November 13, 2006, charting in many countries. Reviews for "You Know My Name" were positive, and the song won the Satellite Award and the World Soundtrack Award, and was nominated for a Grammy Award. While not included in the Casino Royale soundtrack, "You Know My Name" appeared on Cornell's second solo album, Carry On.

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