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John Barry

John Barry, (John Barry Prendergast), British composer (born Nov. 3, 1933, York, Eng.—died Jan. 30, 2011, Oyster Bay, Long Island, N.Y.), provided the musical scores for more than 100 motion pictures and television programs, notably 11 movies featuring Ian Fleming’s iconic spy James Bond. Barry initially played the piano and trumpet at dances and as an army bandsman during his military service. He formed (1957) a rock-and-roll band, the John Barry Seven, and worked with pop singers, including Adam Faith. After agreeing to compose the scores for two films in which Faith had been cast, Barry was approached to do the musical arrangements for Dr. No.  His other film scores include Zulu (1964), The Ipcress File (1965), Midnight Cowboy (1969), Somewhere in Time (1980), Body Heat (1981), Peggy Sue Got Married (1986), and Enigma (2001). He also composed for the stage, including the moderately successful musicals Passion Flower Hotel (1965) and Billy (1974), and won four Grammy Awards, notably best jazz instrumental performance, big band, for the film sound track of The Cotton Club (1984). 


The Best Music of John Barry

1. The James Bond Theme (From Dr. No) 0:01
2. Born Free (From Born Free) 2:57
3. Fun City (From Midnight Cowboy) 5:44
4. The Lion In Winter (From The Lion In Winter) 9:07
5. We Have All The Time In The World (From On Her Majesty's Secret Service) 11:55
6. Wednesday's Child (From The Quiller Memorandum) 15:28
7. From Russia With Love (From From Russia With Love) 17:31
8. Space March (From You Only Live Twice) 20:10
9. The Wrong Box (From The Wrong Box) 23:10
10. The Ipcress File (From The Ipcress File) 25:42
11. Thunderball (From Thunderball) 29:39
12. The Chase (From The Chase) 32:56
13. The Knack And How To Get It (From The Knack And How To Get It) 35:59
14. The Whisperers (From The Whisperers) 38:53
15. King Rat (From King Rat) 
16. Next Time (From The Appointment) 45:53
17. Goldfinger (From Goldfinger) 48:32

The Best Music of John Barry

0:00  The Man With The Golden Gun
6:19  Zulu 
10:10  Dances With Wolves  
13:39  Goldfinger  
19:48  Raise The Titanic 
26:07  Moonraker 
34:14  The Lion In Winter 
38:08  On Her Majesty's Secret Service 
45:57  A View To A Kill 
53:45  Chaplin 

The Best Music of John Barry

0:00  From Russian With Love 
5:50  Born Free
9:50  Octopussy
15:13  You Only Live Twice
21:15  The Black Hole 
27:51  The Persuaders
30:15  Out Of Africa
33:38  Diamonds Are Forever
41:54  Indecent Proposal 
47:46  The Living Daylights 
54:13  Thunderball 

1965 The Ipcress File
1966 Born Free

1968 The Lion in Winter 
1969 Midnight Cowboy
1971 The Last Valley 

1976 Robin and Marian 
1977 The Deep
1980 Somewhere in Time
1981 Body Heat 
1982 Frances 
1984The Cotton Club
1986 Peggy Sue Got Married 
1990 Dances with Wolves
1993 Indecent Proposal 
1994 The Specialist 
1995 The Scarlet Letter
2001 Enigma 


John Barry - music for the James Bond

1962 Dr. No 
1963 From Russia with Love 
1964 Goldfinger 
1965 Thunderball 
1967 You Only Live Twice  
1969 On Her Majesty's Secret Service 
1971 Diamonds Are Forever  

1974 The Man with the Golden Gun 
1979 Moonraker  
1983 Octopussy 
1985 A View to a Kill  
1987 The Living Daylights 


The Ipcress File

The Ipcress File is a 1965 British espionage film directed by Sidney J. Furie and starring Michael Caine. The screenplay, by Bill Canaway and James Doran, was based on Len Deighton's novel, The IPCRESS File (1962). It received a BAFTA award for the Best British film released in 1965. In 1999, it was included at number 59 on the BFI list of the 100 best British films of the 20th century.

This film and its sequels were a deliberately downbeat alternative to the hugely successful James Bond films, even though one of the Bond producers, Harry Saltzman, was involved with the Harry Palmer series, along with other personnel who had been contracted to work on one or more of the 007 movies.

The Ipcress File (1965): Trailer

John Barry - The Ipcress File 


Born Free 

Born Free is a 1966 British drama film starring Virginia McKenna and Bill Travers as Joy and George Adamson, a real-life couple who raised Elsa the Lioness, an orphaned lion cub, to adulthood, and released her into the wilderness of Kenya. The film was produced by Open Road Films Ltd. and Columbia Pictures. The screenplay, written by blacklisted Hollywood writer Lester Cole (under the pseudonym "Gerald L.C. Copley"), was based upon Joy Adamson's 1960 non-fiction book Born Free. The film was directed by James Hill and produced by Sam Jaffe and Paul Radin. Born Free, and its musical score by John Barry, won numerous awards.

Born Free - Soundtrack Suite - John Barry

Born Free (1966) - Trailer


The Lion in Winter

The Lion in Winter is a 1968 historical period drama film based on the Broadway play of the same name by James Goldman. It was directed by Anthony Harvey, written by James Goldman, and produced by Joseph E. Levine, Jane C. Nusbaum and Martin Poll from Goldman's adaptation of his own play, The Lion in Winter. The film stars Peter O'Toole, Katharine Hepburn, John Castle, Anthony Hopkins (in his film debut in a major role), Jane Merrow, Timothy Dalton (in his film debut) and Nigel Terry.

The film was a commercial success (the 12th highest-grossing film of 1968) and won three Academy Awards, including one for Hepburn as Best Actress (tied with Barbra Streisand). There was a television remake in 2003.

The Lion In Winter - soundtrack suite by John Barry

The Lion In Winter (1968) - Trailer

The Lion in Winter (1968) - Clip


Midnight Cowboy

Midnight Cowboy is a 1969 American buddy drama film. Based on the 1965 novel of the same name by James Leo Herlihy, the film was written by Waldo Salt, directed by John Schlesinger, and stars Jon Voight and Dustin Hoffman, with notable smaller roles being filled by Sylvia Miles, John McGiver, Brenda Vaccaro, Bob Balaban, Jennifer Salt, and Barnard Hughes. Set in New York City, Midnight Cowboy depicts the unlikely friendship between two hustlers: naive prostitute Joe Buck (Voight), and ailing con man "Ratso" Rizzo (Hoffman).

The film won three Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay. Midnight Cowboy is the only X-rated film ever to win Best Picture (though such a classification no longer exists), and was the first gay-related Best Picture winner. It has since been placed 36th on the American Film Institute's list of the 100 greatest American films of all time, and 43rd on its 2007 updated version.

In 1994, Midnight Cowboy was deemed "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" by the Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry.

Midnight Cowboy - Soundtrack - John Barry

Midnight Cowboy - Trailer

Song "Everybody's Talkin'" from the film "Midnight Cowboy."


The Last Valley

The Last Valley is a 1971 film directed by James Clavell, a historical drama set during the Thirty Years' War (1618–1648). A mercenary soldier (Michael Caine) and a teacher (Omar Sharif), each fleeing the religious war in southern Germany, accidentally find the valley, untouched by the war, and there live in peace. Based upon the novel The Last Valley (1959), by J. B. Pick, the cinematic version of The Last Valley, directed by James Clavell, was the final feature film photographed with the Todd-AO 70 mm widescreen process until it was revived to make the film Baraka in 1991.

John Barry - The Last Valley 

Еру Last Valley (1971) trailer

The Last Valley (1971) 


Robin and Marian

Robin and Marian is a 1976 British-American romantic adventure period film from Columbia Pictures, shot in Panavision and Technicolor, that was directed by Richard Lester and written by James Goldman, based on the legend of Robin Hood. The film stars Sean Connery as Robin Hood, Audrey Hepburn as Lady Marian, Nicol Williamson as Little John, Robert Shaw as the Sheriff of Nottingham, and Richard Harris as Richard the Lionheart. It also features comedian Ronnie Barker in a rare film role as Friar Tuck. Robin and Marian was filmed in Zamora, Spain and also in Artajona, Urbasa, Quinto Real (place) and Orgi, all of them small medieval villages in Navarre. It marked Hepburn's return to the screen after an eight-year absence.

Lester made Robin and Marian amid a series of period pieces, including The Three Musketeers (1973). The original music score was composed by John Barry. The film was to have originally been titled The Death of Robin Hood but was changed by Columbia Pictures to be more marketable, and perhaps give equal billing to Hepburn.


John Barry - Robin and Marian



The Deep

The Deep is a 1977 adventure film based on Peter Benchley's novel of the same name. It was directed by Peter Yates, and stars Robert Shaw, Jacqueline Bisset and Nick Nolte.

John Barry - The Deep - 1977 

The Deep (1977) - Trailer


Somewhere in Time

Somewhere in Time is a 1980 American romantic science fiction drama film directed by Jeannot Szwarc. It is a film adaptation of the 1975 novel Bid Time Return by Richard Matheson, who also wrote the screenplay. The film stars Christopher Reeve, Jane Seymour, and Christopher Plummer.

Reeve plays Richard Collier, a playwright who becomes obsessed with a photograph of a young woman at the Grand Hotel. Through self-hypnosis, he travels back in time to the year 1912 to find love with actress Elise McKenna (portrayed by Seymour). However, this relationship may not last as long as the two of them think; Elise's manager, William Fawcett Robinson (portrayed by Plummer), fears that romance will derail her career and resolves to stop him.

The film is known for its musical score composed by John Barry. The 18th variation of Sergei Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini also appears several times.

John Barry - Somewhere In Time - Soundtrack

Somewhere in Time - Trailer - 1980

Somewhere in Time (1980) Retrospective 


Body Heat 

Body Heat is a 1981 American neo-noir erotic thriller film written and directed by Lawrence Kasdan. It stars William Hurt, Kathleen Turner and Richard Crenna, and features Ted Danson, J. A. Preston, and Mickey Rourke. The film was inspired by Double Indemnity.

The film launched Turner's career—Empire magazine cited the film in 1995 when it named her one of the "100 Sexiest Stars in Film History". The New York Times wrote in 2005 that, propelled by her "jaw-dropping movie debut [in] Body Heat ... she built a career on adventurousness and frank sexuality born of robust physicality."

The film was the directorial debut of Kasdan, screenwriter of The Empire Strikes Back and Raiders of the Lost Ark.

John Barry - Body Heat - Soundtrack Suite

Body Heat (1981) Official Trailer

Body Heat (1981) - Complete Deleted Scenes



Frances is a 1982 American biographical drama film directed by Graeme Clifford from a screenplay written by Eric Bergren, Christopher De Vore, and Nicholas Kazan. The film stars Jessica Lange as Frances Farmer, a troubled actress during the 1930s whose career suffered as a result of her mental illness. It also features Kim Stanley, Sam Shepard, Bart Burns, Jonathan Banks, and Jeffrey DeMunn in supporting roles.

The film chronicles Farmer's life from her days as a high school student, her short lived film career in the 1930s, her institutionalization for alleged mental illness in 1940s, her deinstitutionalization in 1950s to her appearance on This Is Your Life. Upon its release, the film was advertised as a purportedly true account of Farmer's life but the script was largely fictional and sensationalized, in particularly depicting her as having been lobotomized.

Frances was released theatrically on December 3, 1982 by Universal Pictures. The film received generally positive reviews from critics but was a box office bomb grossing $5 million against it's $8 million budget. Lange's performance was unanimously praised and has been cited by many (including her) as her best performance. At the 55th Academy Awards, it received two nominations for Lange and Stanley as Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress respectively.

John Barry - Frances - Soundtrack - 1982

Frances 1982 Original Trailer

Frances 1982 parte 1

Frances 1982 part 2

Frances 1982 parte 3

Frances 1982 parte 4

Frances 1982 parte 5


The Cotton Club

The Cotton Club is a 1984 American crime-drama film centered on a Harlem jazz club of the 1930s, the Cotton Club. The film was co-written (with William Kennedy) and directed by Francis Ford Coppola, choreographed by Henry LeTang, and starred Richard Gere, Gregory Hines, Diane Lane, and Lonette McKee. The supporting cast included Bob Hoskins, James Remar, Nicolas Cage, Allen Garfield, Laurence Fishburne, Gwen Verdon and Fred Gwynne.

The film was noted for its over-budget production costs, and took a total of five years to make. Critical reception was mostly positive and The Cotton Club was nominated for several awards, including Golden Globes for Best Director and Best Picture (Drama) and Oscars for Best Art Direction (Richard Sylbert, George Gaines) and Best Film Editing. The film, however, also earned a Razzie Award nomination for Diane Lane as Worst Supporting Actress.

John Barry - "The Mooche" - The Cotton Club -

The Cotton Club - Official Trailer 

John Barry - The Cotton Club  - Soundtrack Suite

The Cotton Club 1


Peggy Sue Got Married 

Peggy Sue Got Married is a 1986 American comedy-drama film directed by Francis Ford Coppola starring Kathleen Turner as a woman on the verge of a divorce, who finds herself transported back to the days of her senior year in high school in 1960. The film was written by husband and wife team Jerry Leichtling and Arlene Sarner.

The film was a box office success and received positive reviews from critics. It was nominated for three Academy Awards: Best Actress (Turner), Best Cinematography, and Best Costume Design. In addition, Turner was nominated for Best Foreign Actress at the Sant Jordi Awards.

Peggy Sue Got Married (1986) Trailer 

John Barry - Track 1 - Peggy Sue Got Married

John Barry - Track 3 - Peggy Sue Got Married

John Barry - Track 2 - Peggy Sue Got Married

John Barry - Track 4 - Peggy Sue Got Married


Dances with Wolves

Dances with Wolves is a 1990 American epic Western film starring, directed and produced by Kevin Costner. It is a film adaptation of the 1988 book of the same name by Michael Blake that tells the story of Union Army lieutenant John J. Dunbar (Costner) who travels to the American frontier to find a military post and of his dealings with a group of Lakota Indians.

Costner developed the film with an initial budget of $15 million. Dances with Wolves had high production values. Much of the dialogue is spoken in Lakota with English subtitles. It was shot from July to November 1989 in South Dakota and Wyoming, and translated by Albert White Hat, the chair of the Lakota Studies Department at Sinte Gleska University.

The film earned favorable reviews from critics and audiences, who praised Costner's directing, the performances, screenplay, and production values. The film was a massive box office hit, grossing $424.2 million worldwide, making it the fourth highest-grossing film of 1990, and is the highest-grossing film for Orion Pictures. The film was nominated for twelve Academy Awards at the 63rd Academy Awards and won seven including Best Picture, Best Director for Costner, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Film Editing, Best Cinematography, Best Original Score, and Best Sound Mixing. The film also won the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama.

The film is credited as a leading influence for the revitalization of the Western genre of filmmaking in Hollywood. In 2007, Dances with Wolves was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".

Dances With Wolves (1990) - Full Expanded soundtrack (John Barry)

Dances With Wolves - Official Trailer 

Dances with Wolves 1990 Kevin Costner


Indecent Proposal 

Indecent Proposal is a 1993 American drama film based on the novel of the same name by Jack Engelhard, in which a married couple's relationship is put into turmoil by a stranger's offer of a million dollars for her to spend the night with him. It was directed by Adrian Lyne and stars Robert Redford, Demi Moore, and Woody Harrelson.

John Barry - Instrumental Suite (Filme Proposta Indecente)

Indecent Proposal - Trailer

Indecent Proposal - 1

Indecent Proposal - 2

Indecent Proposal - 3

Indecent Proposal - 4

Indecent Proposal - 5

Indecent Proposal - 6

Indecent Proposal - 7

Indecent Proposal - 8


The Specialist 

The Specialist is a 1994 American action thriller spy film directed by Luis Llosa and starring Sylvester Stallone, Sharon Stone, James Woods, Eric Roberts and Rod Steiger. It is loosely based on "The Specialist" series of novels by John Shirley.

John Barry - The Specialist - 1994 - Soundtrack Suite 

The Specialist - 3

The Specialist - 4

The Specialist - 5

The Specialist - 6

The Specialist - 7

The Specialist - 8

The Specialist - 9

The Specialist - 10

The Specialist - 1

The Specialist - 2


The Scarlet Letter

The Scarlet Letter is a 1995 American romantic drama film. It is a film adaptation of the Nathaniel Hawthorne novel of the same name. It was directed by Roland Joffé and stars Demi Moore, Gary Oldman, and Robert Duvall. This version was "freely adapted" from Hawthorne and deviated from the original story. A critical and box office failure, it was nominated for seven Golden Raspberry Awards at the 1995 ceremony, winning "Worst Remake or Sequel."

John Barry - The Scarlet Letter -  Soundtrack Suite

The Scarlet Letter - trailer



Enigma is a 2001 espionage thriller film directed by Michael Apted from a screenplay by Tom Stoppard. The script was adapted from the novel Enigma by Robert Harris, about the Enigma codebreakers of Bletchley Park in the Second World War.

Although the story is highly fictionalised, the process of encrypting German messages during World War II and decrypting them with the Enigma is discussed in detail, and the historical event of the Katyn massacre is highlighted. It was the last film scored by John Barry.

John Barry -  Enigma - Suite

Enigma - Trailer

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