John Barry (film composer; known for James Bond)

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John Barry Prendergast, OBE (/ˈbæri/; 3 November 1933 – 30 January 2011) was an English composer and conductor of film music. He composed the scores for 11 of the James Bond films between 1963 and 1987, and also arranged and performed the "James Bond Theme" to the first film in the series, 1962's Dr. No. He wrote the Grammy and Academy Award-winning scores to the films Dances with Wolves and Out of Africa, as well as the theme for the British television cult series The Persuaders!, in a career spanning over 50 years. In 1999, he was appointed OBE at Buckingham Palace for services to music.

Born in York, Barry spent his early years working in cinemas owned by his father. During his national service with the British Army in Cyprus, Barry began performing as a musician after learning to play the trumpet. Upon completing his national service, he formed his own band in 1957, The John Barry Seven. He later developed an interest in composing and arranging music, making his début for television in 1958. He came to the notice of the makers of the first James Bond film Dr. No, who were dissatisfied with a theme for James Bond given to them by Monty Norman. This started a successful association between Barry and Eon Productions which lasted for 25 years.

He received many awards for his work, including five Academy Awards; two for Born Free, and one each for The Lion in Winter (for which he also won the first BAFTA Award for Best Film Music), Dances with Wolves and Out of Africa (both of which also won him Grammy Awards). He also received ten Golden Globe Award nominations, winning once for Best Original Score for Out of Africa in 1986. Barry completed his last film score, Enigma, in 2001 and recorded the successful album Eternal Echoes the same year. He then concentrated chiefly on live performances and co-wrote the music to the musical Brighton Rock in 2004 alongside Don Black. He was made a Fellow of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts in 2005. Barry was married four times and had four children. He moved to the United States in 1975 and lived there for the remainder of his life until his death in 2011.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1968 John Barry Conducts His Greatest Movie Hits John Barry 1
1983 Stringbeat John Barry 1
1998 Ready When You Are, J.B. John Barry 1
1999 Playing by Heart Chet Baker, John Barry & Chris Botti 1
2006 Film Music by John Barry John Barry 1
2014 Mister Moses (re-recording) John Barry; City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, Nic Raine 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1988 The Film Music of John Barry John Barry 1
1991 Great TV and Film Hits John Barry 1
1991 The Best of John Barry John Barry 1
1992 Moviola John Barry 2
1992 The Best of Big Movie Hits John Barry 1
1993 John Barry - The EMI Years, Volume 2 John Barry 1
1995 Cinema Gold John Barry 1
1995 Moviola II: Action and Adventure John Barry 1
1995 The Greatest Works of John Barry John Barry 1
1997 Themeology: The Best of John Barry John Barry 1
1998 Les plus belles musiques de films John Barry 1
1999 Zulu John Barry 1
1999 The Best of the EMI Years John Barry 1
1999 The John Barry Collection John Barry 1
2001 John Barry: The Collection John Barry 2
2001 The Ultimate John Barry John Barry 1
2001 John Barry: The Collection: 40 Years of Film Music John Barry 1
2007 Themependium John Barry 1
2007 The Very Best of John Barry John Barry 1
Bond: Back in Action (The City of Prague Philharmonic feat. conductor: Nic Raine) John Barry 1
The Hits & The Misses John Barry 1
The Music Of John Barry 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1960 Beat Girl John Barry 2
1963 From Russia With Love John Barry 6
1964 Goldfinger John Barry 6
1965 Thunderball John Barry 5
1965 The Ipcress File John Barry 2
1966 Born Free John Barry 3
1966 The Quiller Memorandum John Barry 3
1966 The Wrong Box John Barry 4
1967 You Only Live Twice John Barry 4
1968 The Lion in Winter John Barry 3
1969 On Her Majesty's Secret Service John Barry 6
1972 Diamonds Are Forever John Barry 2
1973 Follow Me John Barry 2
1974 Billy (1974 original London cast) John Barry 2
1974 The Dove John Barry 1
1974 The Man With the Golden Gun John Barry 6
1976 King Kong John Barry 5
1978 Game of Death John Barry 2
1978 Walkabout John Barry 1
1979 Moonraker John Barry 5
1979 The Black Hole John Barry 5 5
1980 Somewhere in Time: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack John Barry 4
1981 The Legend of the Lone Ranger John Barry 1
1983 Octopussy John Barry 6
1983 The Golden Seal John Barry 3
1984 The Cotton Club John Barry 3
1985 A View to a Kill John Barry 4
1985 Out of Africa John Barry 5 8
1986 Peggy Sue Got Married John Barry 2
1987 The Living Daylights John Barry 5
1990 Dances With Wolves John Barry 3 8
1990 Amicalement Vôtre (The Persuaders) John Barry 1
1990 Robin and Marian John Barry 2
1991 Until September / Star Crash John Barry 1
1992 Chaplin John Barry 1
1992 Jagged Edge John Barry 1
1993 Game of Death / Night Games John Barry 4
1993 My Life John Barry 1
1994 The Specialist John Barry 1
1995 Across the Sea of Time John Barry 1
1995 For Your Eyes Only / Octopussy Bill Conti / John Barry 1
1995 King Rat John Barry 1
1995 The Scarlet Letter John Barry 1
1997 Deadfall John Barry 1
1997 Swept from the Sea John Barry; English Chamber Orchestra 1
1997 Frances John Barry 3 2
1998 The Knack... And How to Get It John Barry 5 2
1998 Mercury Rising John Barry 3
1998 Body Heat John Barry 3
1998 Sophia Loren in Rome John Barry 1
1998 The Beyondness of Things John Barry 1
1998 The Whisperers John Barry 1
1999 Monte Walsh John Barry 1
1999 High Road to China John Barry 1
1999 Playing by Heart John Barry 1
1999 Raise the Titanic John Barry 2
2000 Hammett John Barry 2
2000 Walkabout (re-recording) John Barry, City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra; Nic Raine 1
2000 Walkabout / Follow Me John Barry 1
2001 Mary, Queen of Scots / Anne of the Thousand Days John Barry / Georges Delerue 1
2001 Ruby Cairo John Barry 1
2001 Eternal Echoes John Barry 1
2001 The Last Valley John Barry 3
2002 Enigma John Barry 1
2002 The Ipcress File John Barry 5 1
2003 The White Buffalo John Barry 1
2003 The Appointment John Barry, Stu Phillips & Michel Legrand 1
2004 The Chase John Barry 1
2005 Alice's Adventures in Wonderland / Petulia John Barry 1
2008 Mary, Queen of Scots John Barry 1
2008 Boom! (1968) John Barry 1
2008 Robin And Marian John Barry 1

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