"Play it again, Sam..." - The John Barry Appreciation Thread

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  • MayDayDiVicenzoMayDayDiVicenzo Here and there
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    fanbond123 wrote: »
    The AVTAK soundtrack doesn't have the 'Bond fight in Stacy's house' music. It's a shame it's not included as the build up to the fight is classic moody Barry. When the fight starts the music goes into the 'He's Dangerous' theme albeit with a different ending when Bond hands the vase to Stacy! The brass bit: "baa baa baaa baaa... baaa baaa baaa baaa baaa" is brilliant. The entire fight music is as 'John Barry Bond' as it gets! :)

    Yes, it is ashame. The soundtrack does omit quite a bit of the score.
  • edited August 2014 Posts: 11,189
    I've now decided to add MR to my favourites of Barry's Bond scores alongside FRWL and OHMSS. Can't decide which is the best of the three.
  • MurdockMurdock The minus world
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    fanbond123 wrote: »
    The AVTAK soundtrack doesn't have the 'Bond fight in Stacy's house' music. It's a shame it's not included as the build up to the fight is classic moody Barry. When the fight starts the music goes into the 'He's Dangerous' theme albeit with a different ending when Bond hands the vase to Stacy! The brass bit: "baa baa baaa baaa... baaa baaa baaa baaa baaa" is brilliant. The entire fight music is as 'John Barry Bond' as it gets! :)

    Yes, it is ashame. The soundtrack does omit quite a bit of the score.

    Murdock saves the Day!
  • MayDayDiVicenzoMayDayDiVicenzo Here and there
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    Murdock wrote: »
    fanbond123 wrote: »
    The AVTAK soundtrack doesn't have the 'Bond fight in Stacy's house' music. It's a shame it's not included as the build up to the fight is classic moody Barry. When the fight starts the music goes into the 'He's Dangerous' theme albeit with a different ending when Bond hands the vase to Stacy! The brass bit: "baa baa baaa baaa... baaa baaa baaa baaa baaa" is brilliant. The entire fight music is as 'John Barry Bond' as it gets! :)

    Yes, it is ashame. The soundtrack does omit quite a bit of the score.

    Murdock saves the Day!

    Thanks for the find, @Murdock.
  • DarthDimiDarthDimi Behind you!Moderator
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    @Murdock, I agree. MR in general offers one of Barry's best scores IMO. Flight Into Space is another triumph. The strings, the harps, the choirs, ... I'm in heaven!
  • MurdockMurdock The minus world
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    My pleasure @MayDayDiVicenzo. It too is one of my favorite Bond cues. You should check out my thread For even more unreleased Bond music.

    http://www.mi6community.com/index.php?p=/discussion/6730/lost-but-now-found-the-unreleased-bond-music-thread#latest
  • ShardlakeShardlake Leeds, West Yorkshire, England
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    I might not rate film at all but Moonraker has a cracking Barry score.

    Barry never delivered anything but quality with his scores. Flight Into Space is such a great track haunting track, Barry's command of strings in his back catalogue is beyond reproach, his distinctive sound is simply unmistakable.

    His music has been very important to me from an early age, my Dad had a handful of Bond LP's and they were part of my introduction into James Bond 007

    Never will forget opening that gatefold sleeve to OHMSS. My parents taste in music is pretty dire save a few but I'll always be grateful to my Dad to introducing me to John Barry.

    OHMSS must rate as my favourite Bond score and one of my favourite scores period.
    I have most of the Barry Bond scores on vinyl bar OP (need to pick it up).

    As for non Bond scores, Lion In The Winter must rank as one of his best as well as Mary Queen of Scots which I both have on vinyl.

    For me he is my favourite composer and as for favourite tracks I guess the OHMSS Theme but I still love his original arrangement of Monty Norman's theme, nothing gets the foot tapping like that.



  • MooseWithFleasMooseWithFleas Philadelphia
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    Another part of Moonraker's score that I love is from the scene when Corinne Dufour is being chased through the woods. So haunting!

  • ShardlakeShardlake Leeds, West Yorkshire, England
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    Another part of Moonraker's score that I love is from the scene when Corinne Dufour is being chased through the woods. So haunting!

    Agreed another cracking cue from that film, to think the Bond films that were so much better and were afforded nowhere as good as score.

    The films might have sucked but Barry never did.

  • DarthDimi wrote: »
    CrabKey wrote:
    Among my absolute favorite non Bond Barry scores:

    Dances with Wolves
    The Lion in Winter
    Midnight Cowboy
    Somewhere in Time
    Body Heat

    Good call on all of those, especially Lion In Winter, one of my favourite Barry scores ever!
    I can recommend The Specialist though, a sensual and at times very jazzy score.

    I agree with all of these, especially Body Heat.
  • DarthDimiDarthDimi Behind you!Moderator
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    @SuzanneStone, funny thing about Body Heat. I've seen the film only once but I've listened to the score countless times. It's addictive. :-)
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    John Williams and John Barry are among the greatest composers in the 20th century. Mind that I said composers and not only soundtrack composers. I hope in some years the scores from Lion in Winter, the James Bond franchise and the Star Wars saga will be regarded as musical pieces along Ravel's Bolero, Mahler's symphonies and Satie Gymnopédies.
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    Just spotted the JB cameo in TLD for the first time. Nice touch, especially as it was his last Bond.
  • ShardlakeShardlake Leeds, West Yorkshire, England
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    Getafix wrote: »
    Just spotted the JB cameo in TLD for the first time. Nice touch, especially as it was his last Bond.

    Really? You only just spotted that?
  • MrcogginsMrcoggins Following in the footsteps of Quentin Quigley.
    edited October 2014 Posts: 3,144
    The John Barry film music award of a place at the Royal College of Music in London
    Has been granted to Mitchell Tanner who is 22 years old and from Essex .
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-29758221#
  • Posts: 1,146
    I popped in the LD cd and it fascinates me how it pops compared to the three Craig film scores I've been listening too as well. No disrespect, but no Barry either.
  • edited October 2014 Posts: 11,425
    LD? Do you mean TLD? LALD? Please be more precise with your acronyms!

    ;)
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    TLD, just an awesome score.
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    TLD score is amazing. One of Barry's best. Such a shame he never did another.
  • chrisisallchrisisall Brosnan Defender Of The Realm
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    Getafix wrote: »
    TLD score is amazing.
    THAT score? It is in no way simply 'amazing'.

    It is a TRIUMPH. A work of art. A Beethovian masterpiece.

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    I think you're understating how incredible it is. Possibly the greatest work of art ever?
  • chrisisallchrisisall Brosnan Defender Of The Realm
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    Getafix wrote: »
    I think you're understating how incredible it is. Possibly the greatest work of art ever?
    Among them... It's up there with Gustav Holst's stuff, & Rachmaninoff & Williams & Pagini....
  • MayDayDiVicenzoMayDayDiVicenzo Here and there
    edited October 2014 Posts: 5,080
    "Hercules Takeoff" is perhaps one of my favourite cues in the series, maybe in film as a whole.
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    I feel like the first two sequences were switched, I think the film was going to open with the opera scene, which ends with Bond saying, '-scared the Living Daylights out of her." then to the main title sequence, then the Gibraltar sequence.

    Or at least it sure feels like that is possible.

    Good, underrated picture.
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    I feel like the first two sequences were switched, I think the film was going to open with the opera scene, which ends with Bond saying, '-scared the Living Daylights out of her." then to the main title sequence, then the Gibraltar sequence.

    Or at least it sure feels like that is possible.

    Good, underrated picture.

    I doubt there was ever any intention to switch them. The PTS is one of the best in the series IMO and works well, including as part of the overall story.
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    You're probably right, just thought it would have made a great transition from his line to the song.

    The opening and subsequent opera scene are among the best ever in a Bond film.

    That shot above the parachuters above Gibraltar is just spectacular.
  • bondjamesbondjames You were expecting someone else?
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    My favourite composer hand's down.

    Favourite Bond scores are TLD & OHMSS along with TB. FRWL is also incredible given how old it is.

    His work on The Tamarind Seed is also very good. Enigma (one of his last scores) was tremendous as well. Zulu is legendary. Indecent Proposal. Ipcress File. The Girl With The Sun In Her Hair commercial. Cotton Club. The Specialist. And of course, the bone chilling Persuaders theme.

    The man was a genius. Period.
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    It starts off wonderfully, but having watched it again recently I have to say it flags towards the end. The main villains are pretty lame and are only redeemed by Necros. And the Afghanistan thing is all a bit unfortunate. Having said that, the sequence on the plane is decent.

    I still like it, but to say it fell slightly in my rankings after a recent rewatching.

    I used to be very defensive of Dalts as I seemed to be the only person around who liked him, but these days he's had a bit of a rehabilitation and therefore I'm more relaxed about recognising some of the shortcomings in his movies.
  • bondjamesbondjames You were expecting someone else?
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    The man deserves a post-humous Oscar and Grammy for his work on James Bond alone. To my knowledge he never received either for his work on Bond, which is a complete travesty. Eon should get on demanding this of the academy.
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    Eon's too busy makin' money to do something cool like that.
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