James Bond | The changing world of 007

Back Row | David Arnold

How the score can seal a box-office success.

CHANNEL | Radio 4

FIRST BROADCAST | 16 November 2003

DURATION | 18 minutes 25 seconds

FIRSTBROADCAST

2003

Synopsis

When John Barry, the composer whose music enhanced a dozen Bond movies, decided to retire, the hunt was on to find someone to fill the great man's shoes. David Arnold was eventually chosen and, here, he tells 'Back Row' about some of the difficulties he faced as the first composer since Barry to score more than one Bond film. There's also an exploration of where the secret agent's adventures might take him next, featuring contributions from writer and comedian Mark Gatiss and former KGB man Oleg Gordievsky, among others, who pitch their ideas to the producers of the franchise.

Did you know?

French composer Eric Serra created an electronic score for 'Goldeneye', the first film to feature Pierce Brosnan (pictured) as Bond. David Arnold was hired for Brosnan's subsequent films, 'Tomorrow Never Dies', 'The World is Not Enough' and 'Die Another Day'. Arnold also rearranged Monty Norman's legendary theme tune.

Contributors

Joe Cornish
Presenter
David Arnold
Contributor
Barbara Broccoli
Contributor
Peter Earnest
Contributor
Mark Gatiss
Contributor
Contributor
Stephen Hughes
Contributor

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