Best known for composing the music for eleven of the James Bond films, John Barry passed away on January 30 after a heart attack. Barry, a five time Oscar winner for such film scores as The Lion in Winter, Out of Africa and Dances With Wolves was responsible for creating the classic James Bond-spy movie sound that others have attempted to duplicate since the first James Bond film in 1961. Heavy on brass with signature “wah-wah” muted lines (think the first 5 notes of the Goldfinger theme) Barry’s talent for writing memorable theme tunes and scores spanned a forty year career in cinema.
Take, for instance, one of my favorite Bond themes, “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” (1969). One of the most underrated themes for the most underrated of the Bond films.