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Posted on 01/31/2011 6:49:38 AM PST by fabjr60
Oscar-winning composer John Barry, the man behind many of the iconic James Bond theme tunes, has died at the age of 77.
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One my favorite composers. What a legacy he leaves behind. Many great movie scores (Out of Africa is a personal favorite), but I also cherish the non-movie albums he made and listen to them so often when I’m working or reading.
I’ll bet he will be penning some new scores for angelic choirs!
I watched Goldfinger last night on BBC America just to hear and see the opening sequence.
Along with 007, the scundtrack to “Chaplin” is my favorite of his works.
Idiot - “scundtrack” should be “soundtrack”.
No doubt. In our house, all we have to do is hear a portion of one of Barry’s scores from another room, and we instantly know the film and are compelled to give it a look. So familiar to us, he was almost like an old friend. It was Barry’s Bond scores and Vince Guaraldi’s piano that turned me on to jazz as a kid.
I am in mourning. John Barry wrote some of the most beautiful movie scores ever. What a huge loss. The Out of Africa soundtrack is my favorite. Will listen to it today in tribute.
A few years ago he did an album of non-movie material called The Beyondness of Things. It’s fabulous, and it’s already getting hard to find.
Love the score to Somewhere in Time.
Rest in peace, John Barry.
John Barry’s GAME OF DEATH opening song is probably..probably the best I’ve heard.
It’s on my Ipod and everytime I play it, I channel Bruce Lee’s ghost and wanna kick someone’s ass. Ok seriously, it’s the bomb.
Sad. They don’t make composers/musicians like him anymore that can grab the feeling of the film. Two of my favorites:
Thunderball-the music is perfectly suited to the underwater sequences.
You Only Live Twice-meshed the spy/Oriental theme together
For something different and very good, I recommend his re-recording of the Born Free soundtrack. It holds up amazingly well as a piece of music apart from the movie.
Ping the JB boys for a looksee..
You only live Twice is my absolute favorite Bond “theme”.
I’ve never been able to understand the love for “Live and Let Die”. It’s without melody and repetitive.
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The scores for “Dances With Wolves” and “Mary Queen of Scotts” were the best thing about either film
Yeah. Somewhere in Time, so daggone beautiful it makes me want to cry. With a young Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour.
Very sad. He was far too young and talented.
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Below is a link to a compilation on Youtube of his greatest hits.
‘James Bond: The Movie Themes’ is a great collection on CD. I’ve borrowed it a time or two from my library.
Goldfinger — You only live twice — Diamonds are forever —Live and let die — Nobody does it better — For your eyes only — The man with the golden gun — Moonraker — A view to a kill — Goldeneye — Tomorrow never dies — All time high.
Live & Let Die is a favorite for some reason; the raw energy, I think...
(And, we could’ve all lived without ‘Rita What’s Her Name’ and the last cut, LOL!)
The good die young.
Indeed, the ‘Somewhere In Time’ theme was his most beautiful.
I have every single James Bond soundtrack - including the 1967 Casino Royale.
Nice collage. Growing up in the 60’s, Barry’s music always intrigued me with his sense of style and coolness with the Bond films (”Goldfinger,” “Thunderball, YOLT, OHMSS, DAF) “The Ipcress File,” and “The Persuaders,” as well as his sense of pomp and majesty in the scores for “Mary, Queen of Scots” and “The LIon in Winter.” What always surprised me, though, was how his music always seemed to hit me emotionally in films like “Zulu,” “Somewhere in Time” and “Out of Africa,” which was simply exquisite. Yeah, I’d suddenly develop a cold or allergy as an excuse to explain moistening eyes. His music coupled with great cinematography saved an otherwise silly film in “Dances With Wolves.” His music was like the background theme of my life, and I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels that way. Another connection to my youth has passed on. He will be sorely missed. Requiescat in pace, John Barry.
I’ve always loved those theme songs. :)
I love the music from “ Chaplin” and “Out of Africa” and “Somewhere in Time” and just about everything else he wrote. What a loss to music and movie lovers. Rest in Peace Mr. Barry.
G&R version of live and let die..
Loved Dances with Wolves soundtrack.