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Tribute: John Barry

posted by Nell Minow

Five-time Oscar-winning composer John Barry has died at age 77. His music includes “Born Free,” and scores for several James Bond films, with perhaps “Goldfinger” the best-remembered. He could evoke a sensual, jazzy contemporary setting, romantic classicism, an intimate romance or vast adventure.

Here is one of my favorite Barry scores:

  • simon

    Great composer.. he was part of the success of Bond.. that big Jazz sound with a little grit in there and the propulsive sense of urgency.
    He stopped The Black Hole from being a Disney misadventure..(he, and Maximilian Schell) his sinister music for that film was so powerful it haunted me from the first time I saw that movie and I could still remember that vertigo-inducing riff 20 years later.

  • http://blog.beliefnet.com/moviemom/ Nell Minow

    Thanks, Simon — a wonderfully perceptive and well-written assessment. I will go back and listen to “Black Hole” again. Do you know they are going to re-make it?

  • Your Name

    I am humbled by his Genius!
    WSBarry

  • Kathy Settles

    I pray he received The Lord Jesus Christ as his personal Savior and that is is resting in peace in the arms of God for all Eternity! KMS

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