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David Arnold

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There is more than one artist with the name David Arnold.

1) David Arnold (born January 23, 1962 in Luton in Bedfordshire, England) is a Grammy Award-winning British film composer, best known as a composer for the James Bond film franchise as well as scoring the cult television show Little Britain.

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 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”. Barry contacted Barbara Broccoli, producer of the then upcoming Tomorrow Never Dies, to recommend Arnold as the film’s composer. He has scored the three subsequent films: The World Is Not Enough, Die Another Day and Casino Royale. As well as the scores Arnold also co-wrote the theme songs for The World Is Not Enough, Casino Royale and the end title music for Tomorrow Never Dies.

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