John Barry Pendergast (November 3, 1933 — January 30, 2011) British film composer, probably best known for his work on the James Bond films, where he composed for no fewer than 12 Bond films.Started out with his own jazz combo "The John Barry Seven" in the late Fifties before getting into film composing when asked to arrange Monty Norman's theme for the first James Bond movie Dr. No. Stylistically, Barry's music tends toward the moody side, with extremely limited use of Fanfare (all but eliminating the brighter instruments in the orchestra in favor of deep undertones and rich, dark melodies). His most popular pieces consist of a lyrical theme accompanied by broken chords with a French horn countermelody. Because his music typically does not include iconic themes (well, except for that one), some have accused his various film scores of being "interchangeable".John Barry passed away on January 30, 2011 in New York from a heart attack.Has a page dedicated to his beautiful music.
Barry created music for:
- Almost all of the James Bond films, from From Russia with Love to The Living Daylights.
- Exceptions: Live and Let Die (George Martin), The Spy Who Loved Me (Marvin Hamlisch), and For Your Eyes Only (Bill Conti).
- Barry was an uncredited composer for Dr. No as well. A court ruling, however, awarded the credit for the Bond theme itself to Monty Norman, a contested point as Barry himself claimed that Norman merely wrote the manuscript. Barry arranged and composed the additional music.
- The Lion in Winter (Oscar winner)
- King Kong (1976)
- Raise the Titanic! (1980) (Generally agreed to be the best part of the film and some of Barry's best work)
- Body Heat (1981)
- The Black Hole
- Howard the Duck (an Old Shame for him and everyone else involved not called Lea Thompson.)note
- Out of Africa (1985) (Oscar winner)
- Dances with Wolves (Oscar winner)
- Biopic Chaplin
- Somewhere in Time
- Born Free (a double Oscar winner - his first for Original Score, and his only one for Original Song)
- Midnight Cowboy