John Barry (1933 – 2011) is one of the greatest British composers. He built his fantastic career on the James Bond movies (he has scored 11 of them) and won five Oscars. Barry was the master of rich orchestral music, involved in every little detail of his film scores. In Goldfinger (1964) he perfected the ‘Bond sound’, a heady mixture of brass, jazz and sensuous melodies. Barry was also an innovator, being one of the first composers to employ synthesizers in a film score (On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, 1969) and to make wide use of pop artists and songs in Midnight Cowboy (1969).
This week we celebrate John Barry’s impeccable perfectionism and the true passion in every of his scores.
TOP 5 SCORES:
1. Dances With Wolves (1990, dir: Kevin Costner)
2. Out of Africa (1985, dir: Sydney Pollack)
3. Born Free (1966, dir: James Hill)
4. Midnight Cowboy (1969, dir: John Schlesinger)
5. 007: Goldfinger (1964, dir: Guy Hamilton)
John Barry – Dances with Wolves (Looks Like a Suicide)
John Barry – Out of Africa (Main Theme)
John Barry – Born Free (Main Titles)
John Barry – Midnight Cowboy (Theme)
John Barry – Goldfinger (Goldfinger)