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David Buckley
Background information
Born (1976-06-07) 7 June 1976 (age 42)
Birthplace London, England
Also known as
Occupation Composer
Genres Film scores
Former members
Years active 2004-present
Associated acts
Notable Instruments

David Buckley (born 7 June 1976) is a British film score composer living in Los Angeles.


Buckley's first involvement with film music was as a choirboy performing on Peter Gabriel’s score for Martin Scorsese’s 1988 film The Last Temptation of Christ. He continued his musical education at the University of Cambridge where he subsequently taught. After graduating, he moved to London and began a career writing music for TV shows and commercials. In 2006 Buckley moved to Los Angeles to become an additional writer on a number of Harry Gregson-Williams’ scores, including Shrek, Gone Baby Gone, Flushed Away, Arthur Christmas, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time and The Number 23. He has also contributed music to the video game Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, and the TV show Shrek the Halls. In addition to his work for Gregson-Williams, he has written additional music for Danny Elfman on films including American Hustle, Big Eyes and Fifty Shades of Grey (including the choral piece Bliss) and for Hans Zimmer and Rupert Gregson-Williams on Winter's Tale.

He has worked with filmmakers including Ridley and Tony Scott, Ben Affleck, Joel Schumacher, Rob Minkoff, Luc Besson, Pierre Morel, Taylor Hackford and Louis Leterrier. Notable recent film scores include The Town, and The Forbidden Kingdom. He is also the composer for the critically acclaimed CBS television series The Good Wife, now in its seventh season, and provided the score for the 2015 WB/Rocksteady game Batman: Arkham Knight. 2016 projects include Sacha Baron Cohen's film Grimsby for Columbia, Shane Black and Joel Silver's film The Nice Guys for Warner Brothers, and the PBS miniseries Mercy Street.

In 2011 Buckley was included in BAFTA's list of "Brits to Watch",[1] and was the recipient of BMI Awards for his work on The Good Wife in 2013,[2] and again in 2016.[3]

Discography Edit

Film Edit

Year Title Director Studio(s) Notes
2008 The Forbidden Kingdom Rob Minkoff Lionsgate
The Weinstein Company
2009 Tell-Tale Genius Products Scott Free
2009 Town Creek Joel Schumacher Lionsgate
2010 From Paris with Love Pierre Morel Lionsgate
2010 In the Land of the Free... Documentary
2010 The Town Ben Affleck Warner Bros. Pictures Composed with Harry Gregson-Williams
2011 Trespass Joel Schumacher Millennium Entertainment
2011 Book of Dragons Steve Hickner DreamWorks Animation Short film
2012 ATM David Brooks IFC Films
2012 Gone Heitor Dhalia Summit Entertainment
2013 Parker Taylor Hackford FilmDistrict
2014 A Bit of Bad Luck John Fuhrman
2014 Breaking the Bank Vadim Jean
2014 Winter's Tale (film) Akiva Goldsman Warner Brothers Pictures Additional Music Only

With Halli Cauthery Music By Hans Zimmer & Rupert Gregson-Williams

2015 Fifty Shades Of Grey Sam Taylor-Johnson Universal Pictures Additional Music Only

Music By Danny Elfman

2016 Grimsby Louis Leterrier Columbia Pictures Composed with Erran Baron Cohen
2016 The Nice Guys Shane Black Warner Bros. Pictures Composed with John Ottman
2016 Jason Bourne Paul Greengrass Universal Pictures Composed with John Powell
2017 Fifty Shades Darker James Foley Universal Pictures Additional Music Only,

Music By Danny Elfman

Rides and Attractions Edit

Year Ride Name Location Manufacturer Notes
2003 Duel - The Haunted House Strikes Back! Alton Towers Resort, UK Mack Rides
2003 Gloomy Wood Alton Towers Resort, UK

Television Edit

Year Title Original channel(s) aired Notes
2010–15 The Good Wife CBS
2012 Coma A&E Miniseries
2013 Killing Lincoln National Geographic Channel Television film
2015 Proof TNT
2016 Mercy Street PBS Miniseries
2016 BrainDead CBS

Video games Edit

Year Title Developer(s) Publisher(s) Notes
2010 Shrek Forever After XPEC Activision
2013 Call of Duty: Ghosts Infinity Ward
Raven Software
2015 Batman: Arkham Knight Rocksteady Studios Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Composed with Nick Arundel


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