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John Barry Pendergast (November 3, 1933 — January 30, 2011) was a British film composer, probably best known for his work on the James Bond film series.

He 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 Dr. No, which became the iconic Theme Tune of the film series. He would compose scores for twelve Bond films in total, and those became a prominent part of the series' trademark style, to the point of being emulated by his successor David Arnold.

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 non-Bond music typically does not include iconic themes, some have accused his various film scores of being "interchangeable".

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John Barry passed away on January 30, 2011 in New York from a heart attack.

Has a page dedicated to his beautiful music.


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