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November 03

John Barry

Composer Monty Norman claimed that he, not John Barry, wrote the “James Bond Theme.” While Norman’s assertion was upheld in court, both men had worked together on the piece and Barry’s contributions are considered integral to the finished theme we all know so well.

1933: A Musical Bond
John Barry is born in York, England
John Barry had been working as a composer and record producer for several years when he caught a lucky, career-making break—he was hired to work on the music for a new movie called Dr. No. This was the first James Bond film ever made, and Barry’s arrangement of the “James Bond Theme” was soon tied to the very successful string of movies, starring Sean Connery as the suave British agent named Bond. James Bond. 

Barry went on to compose the scores for 11 of the next 14 Bond films, as well as music for other popular movies, including The Lion in Winter, Out of Africa, and Dances with Wolves. For these latter three, Barry took home the Oscars® for Best Original Score.
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