John Barry: Originator the Spy Soundtrack

Posted by Michael Pinto on Nov 3, 2008 in Cinema, Television

John Barry: Inventor of the Spy Soundtrack

My favorite John Barry theme is from the 1960 film Beat Girl, but with the current James Bond buzz I’m happy to see John Barry get some long overdue recognition for his talent.

John Barry invented the spy movie score
Unique arrangements ushered in a new genre of films

“Very few composers can be said to have created a new style of film music,” says David Arnold. “John Barry single-handedly created the spy genre.” Arnold, who recently completed scoring “Quantum of Solace” (his fifth James Bond score), has a long way to go to catch up to Barry’s record of 11 complete 007 scores (not counting his arrangement of the original “James Bond Theme” for “Dr. No”).

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