Barry was at the top of his profession for nearly 50 years, winning five Oscars and providing the music for more than 100 movies – including Out of Africa, which he once named as his favourite – and TV shows such as The Persuaders! and Juke Box Jury.
But it was his association with James Bond that defined his career. It began in 1962 when he arranged Monty Norman‘s distinctive theme into an anthem on Dr No and was followed by 11 subsequent 007 movies including Goldfinger, Diamonds Are Forever and The Living Daylights.
Strange Random James Bond Quote:
Bond: I think that’s enough, Goldfinger, you’ve made your point.
Goldfinger: Choose your next witticism wisely, Mr. Bond, it may be your last.
Bond: Do you expect me to talk?
Goldfinger: No Mr. Bond, I expect you to die!
- John Barry, Bond films’ man with the golden tunes, dies aged 77 (guardian.co.uk)
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- John Barry Dies at 77; Composed for Bond Films (nytimes.com)
- John Barry: Remembering the Bond theme composer (popwatch.ew.com)
- John Barry – composed James Bond music (sfgate.com)