Flicks in Five: John Barry

by Lynne Warfel
April 22, 2014

Listen Flicks in Five: John Barry's James Bond Music
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Still of Sean Connery, Gert Frobe and Harold Sakata in Goldfinger (Courtesy of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc.)


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While John Barry's Oscars and Oscars nominations came from love stories and epics like Out of Africa, A Passage to India, Born Free and Dances with Wolves, Barry's first big movie break came when a fellow composer was struggling to find a theme for a movie's main character.

Barry stepped in and wrote the melody that is forever identified with Bond, James Bond. He went on to score nearly a dozen Bond films — one of the all-time favorites is Goldfinger.

Goldfinger: Official Trailer, 1964: