Two for Tuesday: John Barry

John Barry was a composer, band leader, and multi-instrumentalist who wrote scores for movies and TV shows. He wrote the score for eleven James Bond movies from 1963 to 1987, and while he didn’t write the iconic "James Bond Theme" (it was written by Monty Norman, a fact which has been the subject of a couple of lawsuits brought against Norman by Barry), he arranged it for the 1963 movie Dr. No. He has won five Academy Awards (icluding Best Original Score and Best Original Song for 1966’s Born Free), two BAFTA awards and one Golden Globe. He has also recorded extensively with his band, the John Barry Seven, in which he primarily plays trumpet (as noted yesterday, he also plays keyboards, drums, and harmonica).

Here is the theme song from the British game show Juke Box Jury, which ran from 1959 to 1967, "Hit And Miss."

Here is the theme from the 1971-72 series The Persuaders!, which starred Tony Curtis and Roger Moore.

John died in 2011, but there is still a website that details his awards and credits. You can aso see his credits on IMDb. His list of credits is too extensive to detail in a brief post, so I would encourage you to check some of these resources.

John Barry, your Two for Tuesday, November 19, 2019.

22 thoughts on “Two for Tuesday: John Barry

  1. Hi John – love both these … forgotten them. Always ‘Out of Africa’ resonates for me … but he was brilliant – thanks for this post – cheers Hilary


    1. He did. Some people just seem to have gotten a double or triple portion of talent. Of course, talent is one percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration, as Edison sort of said…

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      1. Oddly enough, our local religious broadcaster was running The Persuaders for a while. It had a couple of fantastic leads with Tony Curtis and Roger Moore.


  2. John Barry first came to my attention when I was in junior high and I saw the first James Bond films. To my recollection I’m pretty sure that I had a 45 of one of his songs.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out


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