Casino Royale In Concert at the Royal Albert Hall plus Q&A w @DavidGArnold

Casino Royale In Concertmore information, and tickets (once on sale).


This marvellous event will take place on Saturday 30 September with the first screening and performance at 2.30pm and the evening one at 7.30pm. Tickets go on sale at 9am on Thursday 18 May, here’s what you need to do –

  • Make a note of the box office phone number 020 7589 8212 or
  • Create an account and log in on the RAH website before 9am (you’ll need this to apply for a ticket online)
  • Good luck 🙂
  • If you’re in Dublin this weekend don’t miss David Arnold’s concerts there
    (19th and 20th May – a selection of his music on Friday night and Independence Day Live on Saturday)

The Royal Albert Hall has found a brilliant way of delighting film music fans with its amazing Films In Concert series. These involve a film playing on a massive screen as normal, but the score part of the film is silenced and instead performed live by an orchestra. It’s unbelievably visceral and immersive, and thrilling.

Last year David Arnold introduced his score for Independence Day LIVE at a fantastic film screening concert at the Royal Albert Hall and this year he’ll introduce Casino Royale, apparently the first of the James Bond films to be given the ‘live to picture’ treatment.

Where better than the RAH to have a World Premiere of a live-scored James Bond film? Exactly. They’ve previously hosted the premieres of Die Another Day, Skyfall and Spectre.

David also has a concert in Hamburg in March 2018, but it sold out before I had a chance to blog about it! But don’t miss his two Dublin concerts this weekend.

Further reading
James Bond: Daniel Craig’s Casino Royale screening with Royal Albert Hall live orchestra (17 May 2017)

Casino Royale opens with live orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall (17 May 2017)


One month to go before @DavidGArnold’s #filmmusic concert in Prague (5 June)! :)

On 5 June 2016 David Arnold will be appearing as the guest of Film Music Prague at a concert of his film and television music at Prague’s Rudolfinum concert venue. The concert will include music from David’s scores for Stargate, Independence Day, Paul, Casino Royale, the BBC’s Sherlock series (music co-written with Michael Price), Godzilla, Tomorrow never Dies and The World Is Not Enough (which is on ITV at 10.45pm tomorrow evening). Also check out Film Music Prague’s Facebook page where they’ve excelled themselves in the art and design department with all the images and flyers for the concert.

Click the image below to download the official concert flyer, have a look at the enthusiastic reviews written and appreciative tweets sent by audience members at his previous concerts and enjoy this clip* of David’s introduction (by himself) to the stage 🙂 *recorded by David McAlmont.

His concerts are good fun and you get to hear loads of lovely music played by ace musicians (and a choir too).

David Arnold's Prague flyer

[London] 007 Retrospective: all James Bond films @thePCCLondon

Last year the Prince Charles Cinema in London (Leicester Square) screened all of the James Bond films in sequence and this year they’re doing it again with the addition of the latest in the franchise, Spectre.

Five of the 007 films were scored by David Arnold (marked in bold in the list below) and last year those attending the screening of Casino Royale (not the 1967 one) were treated to a pre-screening interview by Neil Alcock (David Arnold: The Qs and the As (24 June 2015) The Incredible Suit blog) with David, about his work in scoring the film.

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007 Retrospective at the Prince Charles Cinema, London
All showings at 8.30pm (but check, in case they do another interview with someone)

  • Thunderball – 21 February 2016
  • You Only Live Twice – 28 February
  • Casino Royale (1967) – 6 March
  • On Her Majesty’s Secret Service – 13 March
  • Diamonds Are Forever – 20 March
  • Live And Let Die – 27 March
  • The Man With The Golden Gun – 3 April
  • The Spy Who Loved Me – 10 April
  • Moonraker – 17 April
  • For Your Eyes Only – 24 April
  • Never Say Never Again – 1 May
  • Octopussy – 8 May
  • A View To A Kill – 15 May
  • The Living Daylights – 22 May
  • License To Kill – 29 May
  • Goldeneye – 5 June
  • Tomorrow Never Dies – 12 June
  • The World Is Not Enough – 19 June
  • Die Another Day – 26 June
  • Casino Royale – 3 July
  • Quantum of Solace – 10 July
  • Skyfall – 17 July
  • Spectre – 24 July

Ones in bold scored by David Arnold.

“David Arnold’s fifth (and possibly final) score for a Bond film is far and away his best; it elevates an otherwise muddled and disappointing film into a thrilling experience by virtue of being absolutely ****ing ace on every level. The score’s menacing opening tones set up a mood that permeates the entire movie, while the subtlest hints of the Bond theme and the Casino Royale score laced throughout connect Quantum to its prequel.” – Neil Alcock on Quantum of Solaces score.

Previous posts on this topic
[London] 007 Retrospective: screening of all James Bond films at the Prince Charles Cinema (27 December 2014)
Come and hear @DavidGArnold talk about scoring Casino Royale (+screening) @ThePCCLondon Sun 14 June #JamesBond #007 (3 June 2015)

Neil Alcock’s 2010 interview with David Arnold
An Exclusive Interview With Filmy Musicy Man David Arnold! (1 October 2010) The Incredible Suit blog – Neil’s blog is worth a wander around for Bond fans, it’s also very funny.

#JamesBond memorabilia – bid for David Arnold’s baton & a piece of the Casino Royale score, for charity

Edit 6 Dec 2015: bidding has ended and the excerpt from the score for Casino Royale (signed by its composer David Arnold) plus the baton he used in conducting the orchestra has raised …. <drum roll> … £751 for @IRCuk! 🙂

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David Arnold is one of several people who’ve donated an item to ‘Star Boot Sale‘, which is an online auction for charity. Donated items from musicians and artists are sold and the money goes to the International Rescue Committee UK which supports refugees.

You can bid on eBay for the baton he used to conduct the orchestra playing his score for Casino Royale and there’s a signed piece of the score too. The auction closes on Sun 6 Dec at 8.28pm GMT.

Good luck! At the time of writing this post it’s up to £232£310! … £464!!


For #filmmusic fans: David Arnold’s in Birmingham and Nottingham this weekend

David Arnold’s last two concerts this weekend!

BIRMINGHAM Friday 26 June 2015, Symphony Hall (A5 flyer for Birmingham concert)
NOTTINGHAM Sunday 28 June 2015, Royal Concert Hall (A5 flyer for Nottingham concert)

This weekend there are two opportunities to hear David Arnold perform his music with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and David McAlmont (special guest) on his ‘A night at the movies’ tour. I went to the Barbican concert in London last week and it was absolutely brilliant – fantastic music and entertaining stories from David. The first concert is at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall on Friday 26th June and the second’s at Nottingham’s Royal Concert Hall on Sunday 28th June (click either link for tickets).

The ‘about the concert’ info on the venues’ websites lists the films etc for which he’s composed music, some of them very well-known (Stargate, Independence Day, BBC’s #Sherlock and five of the James Bond films) some of them perhaps less so (I thought the music he played from Four Brothers was particularly lovely) but the text doesn’t really capture the experience of hearing these pieces live, or the audience’s reaction.

After David’s previous concerts I’ve collected together some of the tweets that people wrote during and after (limited wifi at the Barbican so many of the tweets were sent later on). It’s clear that people have hugely enjoyed themselves and you can see more of the Barbican tweets here and tweets and reviews of his previous concerts here.

Here’s an example of some of the films (and a musical) that he’s scored (click the picture to visit the music and soundtracks page on this site).

An example of David Arnold's scores - click to visit the soundtracks page

Click on the pictures below for information about (and tickets for) each concert –


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Listen again: recent radio interviews w @DavidGArnold who’s doing a concert of his music tomorrow

**David Arnold’s film music concert at the Barbican, London is on Thursday 18 June at 8pm**

This morning David Arnold was the mystery guest on Chris Evans’ BBC Radio 2 show, talking in particular about his work on the James Bond films. You can listen again for the next 29 days (at time of writing), click on the picture below to go to the media player page. If you just want to hear David’s brief interview the introduction to it starts at 2hr 12m 06s but the entire show is great fun.

First broadcast: Wednesday 17 June 2015


David Arnold interviewed on Chris Evans’ breakfast radio show

A much longer (fascinating and quite geeky) interview was broadcast on Monday evening in which David spoke to Russell Davies for his BBC Radio 2 programme ‘The Art of Artists’. This one hour episode is available to listen again for another 28 days (at time of writing).

First broadcast: Monday 15 June 2015

Photo of Russell Davies (L) and David Arnold (R)

David Arnold interviewed on Russell Davies’ evening radio show

More interviews at the Listen page in the menu above.

Win two tickets to the @BarbicanCentre for @DavidGArnold’s concert w @rpoonline & @davidmcalmont on Thursday 18th June

Screen Shot 2015-05-18 at 09.40.33The competition has now closed.

Next Thursday (18 June) the composer David Arnold (who has written music for five of the James Bond films, Stargate, Independence Day, Godzilla, Amazing Grace, Stepford Wives and loads more, and co-written the music for Sherlock with Michael Price) will be performing some of his film and TV music, and songs, with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Barbican Centre in London. Special guest on vocals is the wonderful David McAlmont.

David’s debut concert in London’s Royal Festival Hall went down an absolute storm last year as did his concerts this year in Dublin and Manchester. There are three of his ‘A Night at the Movies’ concerts remaining, this one in Barbican and another two in Birmingham and Nottingham at the end of June.

Birmingham City Council is offering a couple of free tickets for the Birmingham concert but read on to find out how to win tickets for David’s Barbican concert.

The Barbican is rather well suited to a concert that includes David Arnold’s Bond themes. There’s an on-site Martini Bar on Level 1 which offers a range of martini-based drinks including the Vesper Martini made famous in Casino Royale. This seems like an ideal interval drink (soft drinks also available, always drink responsibly 🙂 ) The Barbican’s Food Hall (Ground Level) has a delicious range of sandwiches and snacks, including Tunnock’s teacakes.

**A few days before the concert (Sunday 14 June, 8pm) there’ll be a screening of Casino Royale at the Prince Charles Cinema in London at which David Arnold will be interviewed by Neil Alcock (@IncredibleSuit)**


Win two tickets to David Arnold’s concert next Thursday 18 June (8pm) at the Barbican Centre
>>click to enter competition or click the picture below<<

Rectangle banner of some of David Arnold's films

A Night at the Movies – including the scores to these which David Arnold wrote (Michael Price co-wrote the music for Sherlock)

David Arnold’s concerts in 2015
Dublin | Manchester | London | Birmingham | Nottingham | Lucerne
22 Jan |     14 April     | 18 June |     26 June     |     28 June    | 23 October

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David Arnold’s on Twitter at @DavidGArnold