Manchester UK: Casino Royale in Concert at @BridgewaterHall, 29 Dec 2018

I went to see Casino Royale live at the Royal Albert Hall last year and it was utterly spectacular. Since then live screenings of the film (plus orchestra) are popping up in other cities and countries (see full list below), and in December later this year it will be in Manchester, England, UK – hooray!

Tickets are from £32.50 to £65.00 with a £2.50 booking fee.

No information yet as to whether the score’s composer David Arnold (who has often performed the guitar ‘bit’ of the Bond theme, which appears at the end of the film) will be able to attend as well, but if he does make sure you’re there promptly as there’s a high chance that he’d be interviewed beforehand and he’s always very entertaining.

This is the first James Bond film to transfer to the world of live-to-picture concerts and how great that it’s one of David’s brilliant scores.

Casino Royale (film screened with live orchestra) at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester on Saturday 29 December 2018 at 7pm.

The Hallé: Casino Royale In Concert

Ben Palmer conductor | Film certificate 12A
Saturday 29 December 7.00pm
The Bridgewater Hall

Given the number of scenes taking place in loos and bathrooms in the film the sponsorship by PZ Cussons is rather inspired 🙂

The Bridgewater Hall
Lower Mosley Street
Manchester, M2 3WS
Phone: 0161 907 9000

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Casino Royale in Concert[s] elsewhere

– upcoming screenings with live orchestra, from Film Concerts Live!

Click on the Film Concerts Live! link above for all info and tickets.


  • 22 July – US, Virginia, Vienna
  • 11 October – Canada, Ontario, Toronto
  • 12 October – Canada, Ontario, Toronto
  • 7 November – Denmark, Odense
  • 8 November – Denmark, Aarhus
  • 9 November – Denmark, Vejle
  • 10 November – Denmark, Copenhagen
  • 15 November – Switzerland, Zurich
  • 16 November – Germany, Frankfurt
  • 17 November – Germany, Wiesbaden
  • 29 December – UK, England, Manchester
  • and my favourite bit on any David Arnold concert-related page: “Additional dates to be announced soon”

.@DavidGArnold & Don Black i/viewed by @edibow at Bond in Motion, Tue 20 Mar

Hooray! Edith Bowman will be interviewing Bond composer David Arnold and lyricist Don Black at the London Film Museum‘s ‘Bond in Motion‘ exhibition on Tuesday 20 March 2018. The evening will start with a Bollinger champagne reception at 6.30pm and the event will finish at 8pm. Tickets (£49) are available from the 007 website.

Venue and travel details below.

“Bowman will be talking to Black and Arnold about the songwriting process and the inspiration for their songs.

Award-winning lyricist, Black has written over a hundred songs for motion pictures including a quintet of James Bond theme songs – Thunderball, Diamonds Are Forever, The Man With The Golden Gun, ‘Surrender’ from Tomorrow Never Dies, and The World is Not Enough.

A fan of the James Bond film series and its music from an early age, Arnold is best known for scoring Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough, Die Another Day, Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace.

A huge movie fan and respected film presenter, broadcaster Edith Bowman has hosted TV and radio shows across all the major networks. She has her own successful podcast, Soundtracking, which explores the relationship between film and music.” Source: 007

Venue: London Film Museum, 45 Wellington Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 7BN [Google Map]

Info taken from LFF’s page.
The nearest train station is Charing Cross. Also Waterloo Station is located approximately a 15 minute walk away over Waterloo Bridge.

The nearest tube stations are:
– Leicester Square (Northern and Piccadilly Lines)
– Charing Cross (Bakerloo and Northern Line)
– Covent Garden (Piccadilly Line)

The nearest bus route is the RV1 that stops on Russell Street approximately one minute away from the museum (Stop ID 51813). Other bus routes that stop within a short walking distance of the museum include: 1, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 15, 19, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 38, 55, 59, 69, 73, 77A, 91, 98, 134, 139, 168, 171, 172, 176, 188, 242, 243, 34 and X68.

Curiously they don’t mention the nearest pier which would seem to be the most James Bond way of getting to any event, on one of the whizzy Thames Clippers ferries, but Embankment Pier would be the best one (exit, walk through Embankment tube station, up Villiers Street to Strand and turn right (Charing Cross station would be on your left as you approach Strand) walking along Strand towards Aldwych until you reach Wellington Street on the left.

The last boat from Embankment going to Greenwich and Woolwich is 2328.

Waterloo (London Eye) pier is a bit more of a walk and you have to get across the bridge too, I’d stick with Embankment.


Casino Royale live in concert – Spain, Switzerland & Germany, w @DavidGArnold

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Correction – an earlier version of this post incorrectly said that David would be attending all the concerts and doing a Q&A beforehand, unfortunately this is not the case, apologies for the error.

A few more chances to see the fantastic live-scored performance of Casino Royale (which had three performances at the Royal Albert Hall in London) and hear David Arnold talking about his score. Amazingness. Recommended.

05 January 2018, Madrid, (Spain) – 7.30pm
Casino Royale In Concert
Orquesta Clásica Santa Cecilia – Palacio Municipal de Congresos
David Arnold will do a Q&A beforehand

06 January 2018, Madrid, (Spain) – 7.30pm
Casino Royale In Concert
Orquesta Clásica Santa Cecilia – Palacio Municipal de Congresos
David Arnold will do a Q&A beforehand

03 February 2018, Luzern (Lucerne), (Switzerland) – 7.30pm
Casino Royale In Concert
21st Century Symphony Orchestra – KKL
David Arnold will do a Q&A beforehand

04 February 2018, Luzern (Lucerne), (Switzerland) – 6.30pm
Casino Royale In Concert
21st Century Symphony Orchestra – KKL
David Arnold will do a Q&A beforehand

27 February 2018, München (Munich), (Germany) – 7.30pm
Casino Royale In Concert
Deutsches Filmorchester Babelsberg conducted by Ernst van Tiel – Philharmonie am Gasteig

28 February 2018, München (Munich), (Germany) – 7.30pm
Casino Royale In Concert
Deutsches Filmorchester Babelsberg conducted by Ernst van Tiel – Philharmonie am Gasteig

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!!