Take a moment this morning to say farewell to a man behind some of the most recognizable music in film. Famed composer and five-time Academy Award winner John Barry died yesterday in New York. He was 77.
Even if the name isn’t immediately familiar to you — and it should be — the music certainly is. Barry, along with Monty Norman, is credited for the unforgettable James Bond Theme. He scored 11 of the movies based on novelist Ian Fleming’s smooth-talking licensed to kill super-spy, including “Dr. No,” “Goldfinger,” “Moonraker” and “A View To A Kill.” That last one featured a theme song he co-wrote with Duran Duran which earned a Golden Globes nomination. Barry was also honored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for his work on “Dances With Wolves,” “Lion In Winter,” “Out of Africa” and two for “Born Free,” for Best Song and Best Original Score.
Take a moment now to listen back on some of Barry’s fine work. He may be gone, but his music will always be with us. Thank you, Mr. Barry.
Now take a listen to something inspired by Barry’s legacy. Based on the James Bond theme and, specifically, the main title from “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service,” this track comes from the Propellerheads’ excellent 1998 album “Decksanddrumsandrockandroll.”
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