Tuesday, 1 February 2011

John Barry, R.I.P.

John Barry, one of the finest composers and arrangers of film music, has died.

Best known for his unforgettable James Bond music, he scored hundreds of films—including many of my own favourites.

His brand of taut romanticism never went out of style. Fortunately.

He will be very greatly missed.


  1. Richard McGrath1 Feb 2011, 13:01:00

    My favourite piece of his music is 'You Only Live Twice' as sung by Nancy Sinatra:


  2. I love James Bond movies and the theme song, but I know that PC doesn't really like films that involve CIA/MI5 gun fighting. At least PC can just go to a Bond movie and sit there just to listen to John Barry's theme song, but put a blindfold ib himself such as not to watch the gun-fighting on screen. That would be a good outing.

  3. I have no problem with gunfighting in films. What I do have a problem with is gunfighting and car chases as a substitute for good plot conflict.
    Show me a film with a sharp plot and a John Barry score, and I'm a happy man.


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