John Barry (composer)

John Barry Prendergast OBE (3 November 1933 – 30 January 2011)[1][2] was a British composer and conductor of film music.

John Barry

Barry at the Royal Albert Hall, London, September 2006
John Barry Prendergast

(1933-11-03)3 November 1933
York, England
Died30 January 2011(2011-01-30) (aged 77)
Occupation(s)Composer, conductor
Barbara Pickard
(m. 1959; div. 1963)

(m. 1965; div. 1968)

Jane Sidey
(m. 1969; div. 1978)

Laurie Barry
(m. 1978)

He composed the scores for eleven of the James Bond films between 1963 and 1987, as well as arranging and performing the "James Bond Theme" for the first film in the series, 1962's Dr. No. He wrote the Grammy- and Academy Award-winning scores to the films Dances with Wolves and Out of Africa, as well as the scores of The Scarlet Letter, Chaplin, The Cotton Club, Game of Death, The Tamarind Seed, Mary, Queen of Scots and the theme for the television series The Persuaders!, in a career spanning over 50 years. In 1999, he was appointed with an OBE for services to music.

Born in York, Barry spent his early years working in cinemas owned by his father. During his national service with the British Army in Cyprus, Barry began performing as a musician after learning to play the trumpet. Upon completing his national service, he formed a band in 1957, the John Barry Seven. He later developed an interest in composing and arranging music, making his début for television in 1958. He came to the notice of the makers of the first James Bond film Dr. No, who were dissatisfied with a theme for James Bond given to them by Monty Norman.[3] Noel Rogers, the head of music at United Artists, approached Barry.[4] This started a successful association between Barry and the Bond series that lasted for 25 years.

Barry received awards including five Academy Awards: two for Born Free and one each for The Lion in Winter (for which he also won the first BAFTA Award for Best Film Music), Out of Africa and Dances with Wolves (both of which also won him Grammy Awards). He also received ten Golden Globe Award nominations, winning once for Best Original Score for Out of Africa in 1986. Barry completed his last film score, Enigma, in 2001 and recorded the successful album Eternal Echoes the same year. He then concentrated chiefly on live performances and co-wrote the music to the musical Brighton Rock in 2004 alongside Don Black.

In 2001, Barry became a Fellow of the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors, and, in 2005, he was made a Fellow of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Barry was married four times and had four children. He moved to the United States in 1975 and lived there until his death in 2011.


Early life and education

Barry was born John Barry Prendergast, in York, and was the son of an English mother and an Irish father. His mother was a classical pianist. His father, John Xavier "Jack" Prendergast, from Cork, was a projectionist during the silent film era, who later owned a chain of cinemas across northern England.[5][6][7] As a result of his father's work, Barry was raised in and around cinemas in northern England[5] and he later stated that this childhood background influenced his musical tastes and interests.[6] He was the youngest of four children. He had two older brothers and one older sister.[8] Barry was educated at St Peter's School, York, and also received composition lessons from Francis Jackson, Organist of York Minster.[6]


Serving in the British Army, Barry spent his national service playing the trumpet, taking a correspondence course (with jazz composer Bill Russo).[9] Barry after national service worked as an arranger for Jack Parnell's and Ted Heath's orchestras[10] forming his own band in 1957, the John Barry Seven,[11] The John Barry Seven scored hit records on the EMI's Columbia label. These included "Hit and Miss", the theme tune he composed for the BBC's Juke Box Jury programme, a cover of the Johnny Smith song "Walk Don't Run", and a cover of the theme for the United Artists western The Magnificent Seven.

By 1959 Barry was gaining commissions to arrange music for other acts, starting with a young trio on Decca, coincidentally called the Three Barry Sisters, though unrelated both to Barry and the more famous The Barry Sisters duo in America.[12] The career breakthrough for Barry was the BBC television series Drumbeat, when he appeared with the John Barry Seven. He was employed by EMI from 1959 until 1962 arranging orchestral accompaniments for the company's singers, including Adam Faith.[13] He also composed songs (along with Les Vandyke) and scores for films in which Faith was featured. When Faith made his first film, Beat Girl (1960), Barry composed, arranged and conducted the film score, his first. His music was later released as the UK's first soundtrack album.[14]

Barry also composed the music for another Faith film, Never Let Go (also 1960), orchestrated the score for Mix Me a Person (1962), and composed, arranged and conducted the score for The Amorous Prawn (also 1962). In 1962, Barry transferred to Ember Records, where he produced and arranged albums.[15]

These achievements caught the attention of the producers of a new film called Dr. No (1962) who were dissatisfied with a theme for James Bond given to them by Monty Norman. Barry was hired and the result was one of the most famous signature tunes in film history, the "James Bond Theme". (Credit goes to Monty Norman, see here.) When the producers of the Bond series engaged Lionel Bart to score the next James Bond film From Russia with Love (1963), they discovered that Bart could neither read nor write music. Though Bart wrote a title song for the film, the producers remembered Barry's arrangement of the James Bond Theme and his composing and arranging for several films with Adam Faith. Lionel Bart also recommended Barry to producer Stanley Baker for his 1964 film Zulu.[16] That same year Bart and Barry collaborated on the film Man in the Middle; and then, in 1965, Barry worked with director Bryan Forbes in scoring the World War II prison-camp drama King Rat.

This was the turning point for Barry, and he subsequently won five Academy Awards and four Grammy Awards, with scores for, among others, Born Free (1966), The Lion in Winter (1968), Midnight Cowboy (1969) for which he did not receive an on-screen credit, and Somewhere in Time (1980).[2][17]

Barry was often cited as having had a distinct style which concentrated on lush strings and extensive use of brass. However he was also an innovator, being one of the first to employ synthesizers in a film score (On Her Majesty's Secret Service, also 1969),[18] and to make wide use of pop artists and songs in Midnight Cowboy.[19] Because Barry provided not just the main title theme but the complete soundtrack score, his music often enhanced the critical reception of a film, notably in Midnight Cowboy, The Tamarind Seed, the first remake of King Kong (1976), Out of Africa (1985), and Dances with Wolves (1990). Barry would often watch films and would note down with pen and paper what worked or what did not.[7]

Barry composed the theme for the TV series The Persuaders! (1971), also known as The Unlucky Heroes, in which Tony Curtis and Roger Moore were paired as rich playboys solving crimes.[20] The instrumental recording features the cimbalom (which Barry also used for The Ipcress File (1965) and other themes) and Moog synthesizers. The theme was a hit single in many European countries (including France, Germany, and the Benelux states), contributing to the cult status of the series in Europe, and the record featured Barry's The Girl with the Sun in Her Hair on the B side, an instrumental piece featured in a long running TV advert for Sunsilk shampoo. Barry also wrote the scores to a number of musicals, including the 1965 Passion Flower Hotel (lyrics by Trevor Peacock), the successful 1974 West End show Billy (lyrics by Don Black),[21] and two intended Broadway musicals that never opened on Broadway, Lolita, My Love (1971), with Alan Jay Lerner as lyricist, and The Little Prince and the Aviator (1981), again with lyricist Don Black.[22] Barry also composed the soundtrack for the Bruce Lee film Game of Death (1978).

In 2001, the University of York conferred an honorary degree on Barry, and in 2002 he was named an Honorary Freeman of the City of York.[23][24]

During 2006, Barry was the executive producer on an album entitled Here's to the Heroes by the Australian ensemble The Ten Tenors. The album features a number of songs Barry wrote in collaboration with his lyricist friend, Don Black. Barry and Black also composed one of the songs on Shirley Bassey's 2009 album, The Performance. The song, entitled "Our Time Is Now", is the first written by the duo for Bassey since "Diamonds Are Forever".[25]

James Bond

After the success of Dr. No, Barry was hired to compose and perform eleven of the next fourteen James Bond films.

In his tenure with the film series, Barry's music, variously brassy and moody, achieved very wide appeal. For From Russia with Love he composed "007", an alternative James Bond signature theme, which is featured in four other Bond films (Thunderball, You Only Live Twice, Diamonds Are Forever, and Moonraker). The theme "Stalking", for the teaser sequence of From Russia with Love, was covered by colleague Marvin Hamlisch for The Spy Who Loved Me (1977). Barry also contributed indirectly to the soundtrack of the spoof version of Casino Royale (1967): his Born Free theme appears briefly in the opening sequence.

In Goldfinger (1964), he perfected the "Bond sound", a heady mixture of brass, jazz elements and sensuous melodies. There is even an element of Barry's jazz roots in the big-band track "Into Miami", which follows the title credits and accompanies the film's iconic image of the camera lens zooming toward the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach.

Barry's love for the Russian romantic composers is often reflected in his music; in his Bond scores he unites this with brass-heavy jazz writing. His use of strings, lyricism, half-diminished chords and complex key shifting provides melancholy contrast; in his scores this is often heard in variations of the title songs that are used to underscore plot development.[26]

As Barry matured, the Bond scores became more lushly melodic (along with other scores of his such as The Tamarind Seed and Out of Africa) as in Moonraker (1979) and Octopussy (1983). Barry's score for A View to a Kill was traditional, but his collaboration with Duran Duran for the title song was contemporary and reached number one in the United States and number two in the UK Singles Chart. Both A View to a Kill and The Living Daylights theme by A-ha blended the pop music style of the bands with Barry's orchestration. In 2006, A-ha's Pal Waaktaar complimented Barry's contributions: "I loved the stuff he added to the track, I mean it gave it this really cool string arrangement. That's when for me it started to sound like a Bond thing."[27]

Barry's last score for the Bond series was The Living Daylights (1987), Timothy Dalton's first film in the series, with Barry making a cameo appearance as a conductor in the film.[28] Barry was intended to score Licence to Kill (1989) but was recovering from throat surgery at the time, and it was considered unsafe to fly him to London to complete the score. The score was completed by Michael Kamen.[29]

David Arnold, a British composer, saw the result of two years' work in 1997 with the release of Shaken and Stirred: The David Arnold James Bond Project, an album of new versions of the themes from various James Bond films. Arnold thanks Barry in the sleeve notes, referring to him as "the Guvnor". Almost all of the tracks were John Barry compositions, and the revision of his work met with his approval – he contacted Barbara Broccoli, producer of the then upcoming Tomorrow Never Dies, to recommend Arnold as the film's composer.[30] Arnold also went on to score four subsequent Bond films: The World Is Not Enough, Die Another Day, Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace.

Sole compositional credit for the "James Bond Theme" is assigned to Monty Norman, who was contracted as composer for Dr. No. Nearly 40 years later, in 2001, the disputed authorship of the theme was examined legally in the High Court in London after Norman sued The Sunday Times for libel for publishing an article in 1997 in which Barry was named as the true composer; Barry testified for the defence.[31][32]

In court, Barry testified that he had been handed a musical manuscript of a work by Norman (meant to become the theme) and that he was to arrange it musically, and that he composed additional music and arranged the "James Bond Theme". The court was also told that Norman received sole credit because of his prior contract with the producers. Barry said that a deal was struck whereby he would receive a flat fee of £250 and Norman would receive the songwriting credit.[33] Barry said that he had accepted the deal with United Artists Head of Music Noel Rogers because it would help his career. Despite these claims, the jury ruled unanimously in favour of Norman.[33]

On 7 September 2006, John Barry reiterated his claim of authorship of the theme on the Steve Wright show on BBC Radio 2.[34]

Personal life and death

Barry was married four times. His first three marriages, to Barbara Pickard (1959–63), Jane Birkin (1965–68) and Jane Sidey (1969–78) all ended in divorce.[10] He was married to his fourth wife, Laurie, from January 1978[10] until his death. The couple had a son, Jonpatrick. Barry had three daughters: Suzanne with his first wife, Barbara; Kate with his second wife, Jane; and Sian, from a relationship with Ulla Larson between the first two marriages.[6]

In 1975, Barry moved to the US. A British judge later accused him of emigrating to avoid paying £134,000 due the Inland Revenue.[10] The matter was resolved in the late 1980s, and Barry was able to return to the UK.[10] He subsequently lived for many years in the United States, mainly in Oyster Bay, New York, in Centre Island on Long Island, from 1980.[6][35]

Barry suffered a rupture of the esophagus in 1988, following a toxic reaction to a health tonic he had consumed. The incident rendered him unable to work for two years and left him vulnerable to pneumonia.[36]

Barry died of a heart attack on 30 January 2011 at his Oyster Bay home, aged 77.[37][38]

A memorial concert took place on 20 June 2011 at the Royal Albert Hall in London, where the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Shirley Bassey, Rumer, David Arnold, Wynne Evans and others performed Barry's music.[39] Sir George Martin, Sir Michael Parkinson, Don Black, Timothy Dalton and others also contributed to the celebration of his life and work.[37][39][40] The event was sponsored by the Royal College of Music through a grant by the Broccoli Foundation.[41]

Awards and nominations

In 1999, Barry was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to music. He received the BAFTA Academy Fellowship Award in 2005.[40][42] In 2005, the American Film Institute ranked Barry's score for Out of Africa No. 15 on their list of the greatest film scores.[43] His scores and original songs for the following films were nominated:[44]


Award Year Project Category Outcome
Academy Awards 1966 Born Free Best Original Music Score Won
"Born Free" (from Born Free), with Don Black Best Original Song Won
1968 The Lion in Winter Best Original Music Score - For a Motion Picture (Not a Musical) Won
1971 Mary, Queen of Scots Best Original Dramatic Score Nominated
1985 Out of Africa Best Original Score Won
1990 Dances with Wolves Best Original Score Won
1992 Chaplin Best Original Score Nominated
BAFTA Awards 1968 The Lion in Winter Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music Won
1986 Out of Africa Best Score[45] Nominated
1991 Dances with Wolves Best Original Film Score[46] Nominated
2005 BAFTA Academy Fellowship Award[47] Won
Golden Globe Awards 1966 "Born Free" (from Born Free), with Don Black Best Original Song Nominated
1968 The Lion in Winter Best Original Score Nominated
1971 Mary, Queen of Scots Best Original Score Nominated
1974 "Sail the Summer Winds" (from The Dove), with Don Black Best Original Song Nominated
1977 "Down Deep Inside" (from The Deep), with Donna Summer Best Original Song Nominated
1981 Somewhere in Time Best Original Score Nominated
1985 Out of Africa Best Original Score Won
"A View to a Kill" (from A View to a Kill), with Duran Duran Best Original Song Nominated
1990 Dances with Wolves Best Original Score Nominated
1992 Chaplin Best Original Score Nominated

Grammy Award

Grammy Award nominations

Emmy Award nominations

  • 1964 Outstanding Achievement in Composing Original Music for Television for Elizabeth Taylor in London (a 1963 television special)[49]
  • 1977 Outstanding Achievement in Music Composition for a Special (Dramatic Underscore) for Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years[49]

Golden Raspberry Award

Max Steiner Lifetime Achievement Award (presented by the City of Vienna)

Lifetime Achievement Award from World Soundtrack Academy (presented at the Ghent Film Festival)

  • 2010

In 2011, he received the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music.

Barry was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1998.[50]


Bond films

Barry worked on the soundtracks for the following James Bond films (title song collaborators in brackets):

In addition, a brief excerpt from the song "Born Free" is heard during a sequence in the non-EON Productions Bond film, Casino Royale (1967).

Film and television work

Year Film Directed by Singles Latest CD / Digital Release
1959 Drumbeat Stewart Morris
Juke Box Jury Peter Potter Hit And Miss EMI / 07243 523073 2 6 / 1997
1960 Never Let Go John Guillermin
Beat Girl Edmond T. Gréville Cherry Red / ACMEM204CD / 2011
1962 Dateline London Columbia 45-DB 4806: Cutty Sark EMI / 07243 523073 2 6 / 1997
Dr. No (film) Terence Young EMI / 72435-80890-2-8 / 2003
The Amorous Prawn Anthony Kimmins
The L-Shaped Room Bryan Forbes
1963 The Human Jungle EMI / 07243 523073 2 6 / 1997
The Cool Mikado Michael Winner
Elizabeth Taylor in London Sid Smith Él / ACMEM59CD / ???
From Russia with Love (film) Terence Young EMI / 72435-80588-2-6 / 2003
1964 Zulu Cy Endfield UA 743: Zulu Stamp / Big Shield Ember Records / NR 5012 / 2010
Man in the Middle (film) Guy Hamilton
Impromptu David Croft
A Jolly Bad Fellow Don Chaffey
Séance on a Wet Afternoon Bryan Forbes United Artists Records UP1060: Seance On A Wet Afternoon / Oublie Ca EMI / 07243 523073 2 6 / 1997
Goldfinger Guy Hamilton EMI / 72435-80891-2-7 / 2003
Sophia Loren in Rome Sheldon Reynolds P.E.G. Recordings / PEG023 / 1998
1965 Boy and Bicycle Ridley Scott Onward Christian Spacemen
The Ipcress File Sidney J. Furie Silva Screen / FILMCD 605 / 2002
The Party's Over Guy Hamilton EMI / 07243 523073 2 6 / 1997
Mister Moses Ronald Neame
The Knack ...and How to Get It Richard Lester Quartet Records / QRSCE024 / 2011
The Passion Flower Hotel Gene Gutowski Sony West End / SMK 66175 / ????
The Newcomers (TV series) Colin Morris Fancy Dance
King Rat Bryan Forbes Intrada / ISC 434 / 2019
Thunderball (film) Terence Young EMI / 72435-80589-2-5 / 2003
Four in the Morning Anthony Simmons Ember Records / NR 5029 / 2009
1966 The Chase Arthur Penn Columbia 4-43544: The Chase (2:44) / Saturday Night Philosopher (2:55) Legacy / 515133 2 / 2004
Born Free James Hill Film Score Monthly / FSM Vol.7 No. 10 / 2004
The Wrong Box Bryan Forbes Intrada / Special Collection Volume 191 / 2011
Vendetta CBS 2390: Vendetta (2:01) / The Danny Scipio Theme (2:45)
The Quiller Memorandum Michael Anderson CBS 2451: Theme From "The Quiller Memorandum" - Wednesday's Child / Sleep Well My Darling Intrada / Special Collection Volume 201 / 2012
Dutchman Anthony Harvey
1967 You Only Live Twice (film) Lewis Gilbert EMI / 72435-41418-2-9 / 2003
The Whisperers Bryan Forbes Rykodisc / RCD 10720 / 1998
1968 Boom! Joseph Losey harkit records / HRKCD 8248 / 2008
Petulia Richard Lester Film Score Monthly / FSM Vol. 8 No. 20 / 2005
Deadfall Bryan Forbes Retrograde Records / FSM-80124-2 / 1997
The Lion in Winter Anthony Harvey Legacy / CK 66133 / 1995
1969 The Appointment Sidney Lumet Film Score Monthly / FSM Vol. 6 No. 11 / 2003
Midnight Cowboy John Schlesinger Quartet Records / QR434 / 2021
On Her Majesty's Secret Service (film) Peter R. Hunt EMI / 72435-41419-2-8 / 2003
1970 Monte Walsh (1970 film) William A. Fraker Film Score Monthly / FSM Vol. 2 No. 4 / 1999
1971 Murphy's War Peter Yates
The Last Valley (film) James Clavell Quartet Records / QR257 / 2016
Lolita, My Love Kritzerland / KR 20038-5 / 2020
Walkabout Nicolas Roeg The Roundtable / PM001CD / 2016
They Might Be Giants Anthony Harvey
The Persuaders! Val Guest CBS 7469: Theme From 'The Persuaders' (2:10) / The Girl With The Sun In Her Hair (2:55)
Diamonds Are Forever (film) Guy Hamilton EMI / 72435-41420-2-4 / 2003
Mary, Queen of Scots Charles Jarrott Quartet Records / QR504 / 2022
1972 Follow Me! (film) Carol Reed King Records / KICP 1476 / 2010
The Adventurer (TV series) Universal Music Jazz France / 531 340 5 / 2009
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1972 film) William Sterling Film Score Monthly / FSM Vol. 8 No. 20 / 2005
1973 A Doll's House Patrick Garland
Orson Welles Great Mysteries Universal Music Jazz France / 531 340 5 / 2009
The Glass Menagerie (1973 film) Anthony Harvey
1974 Billy (musical)
The Tamarind Seed Blake Edwards Silva Screen / SILCD1647 / 2021
Born Free (TV series) Leonard Horn, Paul Krasny, Russ Mayberry
The Dove Charles Jarrott Intrada / ISC 313 / 2015
The Man with the Golden Gun (film) Guy Hamilton EMI / 72435-41424-2-0 / 2003
1975 Love Among the Ruins (film) James Costigan
The Day of the Locust John Schlesinger Intrada / ISC 367 / 2016
1976 Eleanor and Franklin (miniseries) Daniel Petrie
Robin and Marian Richard Lester Prometheus Records / PCR 522 / 2008
King Kong John Guillermin Film Score Monthly / FSM Vol. 15 No. 5 / 2012
1977 Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years Daniel Petrie
The White Buffalo J. Lee Thompson Quartet Records / QR267 / 2017
The War Between the Tates Lee Philips
The Deep Peter Yates Casablanca Records USA
Pye Records-Precision Tapes UK /1977
Intrada / Special Collection Volume 143 / 2010
Young Joe, the Forgotten Kennedy Richard T. Heffron
First Love (1977 film) Joan Darling La-La Land Records / LLLCD 1243 / 2013
The Gathering (1977 film) Randal Kleiser
1978 The Betsy Daniel Petrie
Game of Death Robert Clouse Silva America / SSD 1154 / 2003
Starcrash Luigi Cozzi BSX Records / BSXCD 8846 / 2008
1979 The Corn is Green George Cukor
Willa Joan Darling, Claudio Guzmán
Hanover Street Peter Hyams Varèse Sarabande / VCL 0309 1090 / 2009
Moonraker (film) Lewis Gilbert EMI / 7243 5 41425 2 9 / 2003
The Black Hole Gary Nelson Intrada / D001383402 / 2011
1980 Night Games (1980 film) Roger Vadim Silva America / SSD 1154 / 2003
Raise the Titanic (film) Jerry Jameson
Somewhere in Time (film) Jeannot Szwarc La-La Land Records / LLLCD 1550 / 2021
Touched by Love Gus Trikonis
Inside Moves Richard Donner
1981 The Legend of the Lone Ranger William A. Fraker Intrada / ISC 420 / 2018
Body Heat Lawrence Kasdan Film Score Monthly / FSM Vol. 15 No. 4 / 2012
The Little Prince and the Aviator Jerry Adler
1982 Hammett Wim Wenders Prometheus Records / PCR 506 / 2000
Murder by Phone Michael Anderson
Frances Graeme Clifford Label X / LXSACD 1001 / 2005
1983 High Road to China Brian G. Hutton BSX Records / BSXCD 8864 / 2010
Octopussy John Glen EMI / 7243 5 41450 2 5 / 2003
The Golden Seal Frank Zuniga Intrada / Special Collection Volume 89 / 2009
Svengali Anthony Harvey
1984 Mike's Murder James Bridges Prometheus Records / PCR 521 / 2009
Until September Richard Marquand Kritzerland / KR 20018-9 / 2011
The Cotton Club Francis Ford Coppola Geffen Records / CDGEF 70260 / 1984
1985 A View to a Kill John Glen EMI / 72435-41448-2-0 / 2003
Jagged Edge Richard Marquand Varèse Sarabande / VCL 0916 1174 / 2016
Out of Africa Sydney Pollack MCA Records / MCAD-11311 / 1995
1986 A Killing Affair David Saperstein
Howard the Duck Willard Huyck Intrada / ISC 426 / 2019
Peggy Sue Got Married Francis Ford Coppola Varèse Sarabande / VCL 1114 1152 / 2014
The Golden Child Michael Ritchie La-La Land Records / LLLCD 1180 / 2011
1987 The Living Daylights John Glen EMI / 72435-41451-2-4 / 2003
Hearts of Fire Richard Marquand
1988 Masquerade Bob Swaim Quartet Records / QR326 / 2018
USA Today: The Television Show

Television film scores

  • Elizabeth Taylor in London (Grammy award nomination) (1963)
  • Sophia Loren in Rome (1964)
  • The Glass Menagerie (1973)
  • Love Among the Ruins (1975)
  • Eleanor and Franklin (1976)
  • Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years (1977)
  • The War Between the Tates (1977)
  • Young Joe, the Forgotten Kennedy (1977)
  • The Gathering (1977)
  • The Corn is Green (1979)
  • Willa (1979)
  • Svengali (1983)

Television themes

  • Juke Box Jury (1959–1967)
  • Dateline (1962)
  • Impromptu (1964)
  • The Newcomers (1965–1969)
  • Vendetta (1966)
  • The Persuaders! (1971–1972)
  • The Adventurer (1972–1973)
  • Orson Welles Great Mysteries (1973)
  • Born Free (1974)
  • USA Today: The Television Show (1988)


  • Passion Flower Hotel (1965)
  • Lolita, My Love (1971), a musical comedy (text by Alan Jay Lerner) based on Vladimir Nabokov's novel Lolita
  • Billy (1974)
  • The Little Prince and the Aviator (1981)
  • Brighton Rock (2004)

Other works

  • Stringbeat (1961)
  • Americans (1975)
  • The Beyondness of Things (1999)
  • Eternal Echoes (2001)
  • The Seasons (no release date set)
  • Raise The Titanic (1980)


(Excludes co-composed hits, e.g. Duran Duran's "A View to a Kill")

  • "Hit and Miss" as The John Barry Seven plus Four, UK#10 (first charted 1960)
  • "Beat for Beatniks" as The John Barry Orchestra, UK#40 (1960)
  • "Never Let Go" as The John Barry Orchestra, UK#49 (1960)
  • "Blueberry Hill" as The John Barry Orchestra, UK#34 (1960)
  • "Walk Don't Run" as The John Barry Seven, UK#11 (1960)
  • "Black Stockings" as The John Barry Seven, UK#27 (1960)
  • "The Magnificent Seven" as The John Barry Seven, UK#45 (1961)
  • "Cutty Sark" as The John Barry Seven, UK#35 (1962)
  • "The James Bond Theme" as The John Barry Orchestra, UK#13 (1962)
  • "From Russia with Love" as The John Barry Orchestra, UK#39 (1963)
  • "Theme from 'The Persuaders'" as John Barry, UK#13 (1971)

His four highest-charting hits all spent more than 10 weeks in the UK top 50.

See also

  • Category:Works by John Barry (composer)


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Further reading

  • Fiegel, Eddi. John Barry: A Sixties Theme: From James Bond to Midnight Cowboy (Faber & Faber: London, UK, 2012)
  • Leonard, Geoff, Pete Walker and Gareth Bramley. John Barry – The Man with the Midas Touch (Redcliffe Press: Bristol, UK, 2008)
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