John Barry


Composer

About

Also Known As
Jonathan Barry Prendergast, John Barry And His Orchestra
Birth Place
York, England, GB
Born
November 03, 1933
Died
January 30, 2011

Biography

One of the most decorated and respected composers of his generation, John Barry excelled at sweeping scores which added to the unique power of cinema, transporting viewers into the heart of the filmgoing experience. Rising to fame as an influential arranger and composer on the James Bond series, Barry composed 11 soundtracks, creating the soundscape of the Bond universe, which remained i...

Family & Companions

Jane Birkin
Wife
Actor, singer. Third wife; married in 1966; divorced.
Laurie Barry
Wife
Former reporter. Was working for <i>The Hollywood Reporter</i> when they met; married c. 1976; mother of Barry's son.

Notes

Appointed to the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Queen Elizabeth II in 1999.

John Barry composed the title theme for "Dr. No" (1962). Contractually Monty Norman received credit, but the film's director Terrence Young confirmed that Barry indeed was responsible for the music.

Biography

One of the most decorated and respected composers of his generation, John Barry excelled at sweeping scores which added to the unique power of cinema, transporting viewers into the heart of the filmgoing experience. Rising to fame as an influential arranger and composer on the James Bond series, Barry composed 11 soundtracks, creating the soundscape of the Bond universe, which remained instantly recognizable for generations of filmgoers. He went on to achieve even greater cinematic immortality, creating the music and scores for such classics as "Born Free" (1966), "The Lion in Winter" (1968), "Midnight Cowboy" (1969) and "Somewhere in Time" (1980), but he was best remembered for his achingly romantic scores that helped turn "Out of Africa" (1985) and "Dances with Wolves" into such magical, evocative experiences. Over his 50-year career, Barry won a boatload of awards, including five Oscars, a BAFTA, a Golden Globe, a Grammy and a Saturn Award, as well as a slew of nominations. Incredibly talented and well respected, Barry helped fuse the connection between modern moviemaking and music, and influenced generations of filmmakers and filmgoers who wept, laughed and loved to his inimitable musical landscapes. When he died in 2011, he had achieved a brilliant professional legacy as well as his own immortality through a life devoted to art and music.

Born Nov. 3, 1933 in York, England, John Barry Prendergast was the son of a classical pianist mother and a father who owned cinemas and theaters in Lancashire and Yorkshire. Not only were his love of movies and music forever intertwined, but as a boy he had the opportunity to meet the classical and jazz artists who played at his father's theaters. Educated at a Catholic convent school, Barry inherited his mother's gift as a classical pianist and began his musical education under the organist of York Minister. During his National Service years, he learned to arrange jazz and played the trumpet in the army band. Upon his discharge, the young man formed "The John Barry Seven," and the band earned a modicum of success with hits like "Black Stockings," as well as television appearances on programs like "Drumbeat" (BBC, 1959). Barry's television work allowed him entrée into the world of musical arrangement for a variety of singers, including up-and-coming popster Adam Faith. The two shared the same agent, and when Faith broke into films with "Beat Girl" (1960), Barry was tapped to compose, arrange and conduct the film's swinging score, the first soundtrack album to be released on an LP in the UK. His collaboration with Faith continued to pay off, and he had a major hand in the music of "Never Let Go" (1960) and "The Amorous Prawn" (1962), as well as producing and arranging albums first for EMI and then Ember Records.

His burgeoning reputation as a major talent put Barry in the crosshairs of the producers of the first James Bond film, "Dr. No" (1962). Although credit for penning the immortal "James Bond Theme" became a controversial issue between Barry and composer Monty Norman, Barry had a masterful hand in its birth and arrangement. Thirty years later, the matter would be debated in court, with Barry defending his contributions. His work on "Dr. No" laid the groundwork for producers to entrust Barry with the musical key to the James Bond franchise kingdom, and he helped define the unmistakable brassy horns and seductive, lush strings so identified with the series. In fact, Vic Flick, the John Barry Seven's lead guitarist, performed the famous Bond guitar riff. Responsible for scoring 11 James Bond films, Barry's signature touch could also be heard on the soundtracks of "From Russia with Love" (1963), "Goldfinger" (1964), "Thunderball" (1965), "You Only Live Twice" (1967), "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" (1969), "Diamonds Are Forever" (1971), "The Man with the Golden Gun" (1974), "Moonraker" (1979), "Octopussy" (1983), "A View to a Kill" (1985) and "The Living Daylights" (1987). Not only did his James Bond work earn him nominations for two Golden Globes - for Best Song for the title tracks of "From Russia with Love" and "A View to a Kill" - and a Grammy win for Best Original Score for "Goldfinger," but the albums themselves were successful on the charts.

Almost as much of a hot commodity as Agent 007 himself, Barry quickly found success scoring other movies, including the epic, sparse "Zulu" (1964), but a lioness named Elsa would inspire him to reach the pinnacle of his craft. "Born Free" (1966) told the story of an orphaned lioness cub, and the challenges faced by a couple's attempt to raise and return her to the wild. Barry's soaring, emotional title song for "Born Free" (1966) as well as his score earned him two Academy Awards, and the song became a beloved classic around the world. A very different lion, "The Lion in Winter" (1968), would provide Barry with another chance to beautifully underline the subject matter of a film to great effect. "Winter" starred Peter O'Toole and Katherine Hepburn as the feuding King Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine, and Barry provided the powerhouse actors with a grandiose, gothic-tinged score that highlighted the undeniable human elements at stake in the familial struggle. At the height of his Bond popularity, Barry reminded audiences of his enormous range, and won another Academy Award for Best Original Music Score as well as a BAFTA for his work on "The Lion in Winter."

For supervising the music and composing the score for the controversial "Midnight Cowboy" (1969), Barry earned a Grammy for his melancholy but achingly romantic themes, pinned with the unmistakable sound of a harmonica. After composing the memorably catch theme to the TV show "The Persuaders" (ITV, 1971-72), Barry earned another Oscar nomination for the ethereal score for the Vanessa Redgrave/Glenda Jackson-starrer "Mary, Queen of Scots" (1972). After enjoying success with the hit musical "Billy" starring Michael Crawford, Barry moved to Majorca and took a year-long vacation. He traveled to Los Angeles to accept the invitation to score the TV movie "Eleanor & Franklin: The White House Years" (ABC, 1977) - which ended up earning him an Emmy nomination - and decided to stay in L.A. for almost five years because of how steadily his work assignments came in. Not all were destined to be classics, as Barry unfortunately scored the remake of "King Kong" (1976) and the cheesy thriller, "The Deep" (1977).

Barry created an all-time audience favorite when he crafted what was called some of the most romantic music ever composed with "Somewhere in Time" (1980), winning a Saturn Award as well as Golden Globe nomination. Drawing on a wealth of emotions sprung from the recent death of his father, Barry managed to capture the loneliness and longing of the film's characters (Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour), who fall in love after one accidentally travels back in time. The music helped an otherwise mediocre film transcend into a hauntingly poignant romance and cult film classic. Although he shockingly took home a Razzie for his score to "The Legend of the Lone Ranger" (1981), Barry rebounded with the sensual, pulsating "Body Heat" (1981), managing to evoke the nearly-palpable lust and deception between the noir's Kathleen Turner and William Hurt.

Although he continued to work steadily with "Frances" (1982), "The Cotton Club" (1984) and "Jagged Edge" (1985), Barry achieved perhaps his greatest film triumph with the sweepingly lush score for "Out of Africa" (1985). As much a character in the film as the spectacular geography of Africa and stars Meryl Streep and Robert Redford, Barry's score almost did not make Sydney Pollack's cut since the director originally envisioned using traditional African chants and music. Luckily for cinephiles everywhere, the dreamy music Barry produced helped elevate a sturdy film into something amazing: a piece of art as mysteriously powerful and irresistible as love itself. Despite another strange blip on the radar with 1986's cinematic travesty "Howard the Duck," Barry emerged unscathed and charmed with "Peggy Sue Got Married" (1986). Unfortunately, he suffered a rupture of the esophagus in 1988. Unable to work for two years, he returned with a vengeance, wowing critics with that year's Oscar-winning Best Picture, "Dances with Wolves" (1990). The Kevin Costner exploration of Native American life from an outsider-turned-insider's perspective was the perfect canvas for Barry to apply his evocative, stirring musical brush. Taking home another Oscar, as well as BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations, Barry had produced another masterpiece; equal parts mystical and majestic, standing alongside the awe-inspiring scenery and Native American cultures as a vital element of the film's success.

Barry added Oscar and Golden Globe nominations to his résumé with his work on the biopic "Chaplin" (1992), and continued to work steadily, often saying that he was most attracted to subjects that dealt with loss, citing how indelibly living through the Nazi bombing raids in England had shaped him. Some of his later work included "Indecent Proposal" (1993), "Cry, The Beloved Country" (1995), "Swept from the Sea" (1997) and "Playing by Heart" (1998). A biography, John Barry - The Man with the Midas Touch was published in 2008. Married four times through the years, at the time of his death from a sudden heart attack, Barry, 77, left behind a wife, Laurie, of over 30 years as well four children and five grandchildren. Barry's daughter with model, actress and singer Jane Birkin, fashion photographer Kate Barry, committed suicide by jumping from the balcony of her Paris apartment on December 11, 2013.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

The Big Uneasy (2010)
Catch Me If You Can (2002)
Performer
Deadfall (1968)
Orchestra conductor
The House of Cats (1966)
The Pimp, see note
The Devil's Mate (1966)
The Dream Maker (1964)
Street of Sinners (1957)
Bartender
The Invisible Divorce (1920)

Music (Feature Film)

Tully (2018)
Song
T2 Trainspotting (2017)
Song Performer
T2 Trainspotting (2017)
Song
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
Song
Ted (2012)
Song
Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (2009)
Song
Burn After Reading (2008)
Song
The Jacket (2005)
Song
Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003)
Song
A Guy Thing (2003)
Song
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002)
Song
Enigma (2001)
Music Conductor
Enigma (2001)
Music Composer
The Watcher (2000)
Song ("6 Underground")
The Debt Collector (1999)
Song ("Life In Mono (Sweatbox Mix)")
Go (1999)
Song ("Fire Up The Shoesaw")
She's All That (1999)
Song
Mercury Rising (1998)
Music
Playing By Heart (1998)
Music
Can't Hardly Wait (1998)
Song
Playing By Heart (1998)
Music Conductor
Mercury Rising (1998)
Music Conductor
Great Expectations (1998)
Song
The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)
Song
Swept From the Sea (1997)
Score Producer
Swept From the Sea (1997)
Music; Music Composer And Conductor
The Saint (1997)
Song Performer
The Saint (1997)
Song
Across The Sea Of Time: New York 3D (1995)
Music
The Scarlet Letter (1995)
Original Music
Cry, The Beloved Country (1995)
Music Producer
The Specialist (1994)
Music
My Life (1993)
Music
Indecent Proposal (1993)
Music Composer
Indecent Proposal (1993)
Orchestra Conductor
Chaplin (1992)
Music
The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag (1992)
Song
Dances With Wolves (1990)
Music
Hearts Of Fire (1990)
Music
Masquerade (1988)
Music Conductor
Masquerade (1988)
Music
A Killing Affair (1988)
Music
The Living Daylights (1987)
Music
The Living Daylights (1987)
Song
My Sister's Keeper (1986)
Music
The Golden Child (1986)
Music
Howard The Duck (1986)
Music Conductor
Howard The Duck (1986)
Music
Peggy Sue Got Married (1986)
Music
Peggy Sue Got Married (1986)
Music Conductor
A View To A Kill (1985)
Music
A View To A Kill (1985)
Music Conductor
Jagged Edge (1985)
Music
Morons From Outer Space (1985)
Song
Out Of Africa (1985)
Music
A View To A Kill (1985)
Song ("A View To A Kill")
Mike's Murder (1984)
Music
Until September (1984)
Music
The Cotton Club (1984)
Music
Octopussy (1983)
Song ("All Time High")
Svengali (1983)
Song
High Road to China (1983)
Music
Octopussy (1983)
Music; Music Director
Svengali (1983)
Music
Hammett (1982)
Music
Body Heat (1981)
Music Composer
The Legend Of The Lone Ranger (1981)
Music
The Legend Of The Lone Ranger (1981)
Song
Body Heat (1981)
Music Conductor
Touched By Love (1980)
Music
Somewhere In Time (1980)
Music
Bells (1980)
Music
Night Games (1980)
Music
Raise the Titanic (1980)
Music
Somewhere In Time (1980)
Music Conductor
Starcrash (1979)
Music; Music Director
Willa (1979)
Music
Moonraker (1979)
Music
Moonraker (1979)
Song
The Black Hole (1979)
Music
The Corn Is Green (1979)
Music
When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder? (1979)
Song
Hanover Street (1979)
Music
Saint Jack (1979)
Song
The Game of Death (1978)
Song
The Betsy (1978)
Music
The Game of Death (1978)
Music
The Deep (1977)
Music
The War Between the Tates (1977)
Music
Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years (1977)
Music
The Gathering (1977)
Music
Young Joe, the Forgotten Kennedy (1977)
Music
The White Buffalo (1977)
Music
King Kong (1976)
Music
Robin And Marian (1976)
Music
Love Among the Ruins (1975)
Music
The Day of the Locust (1975)
Music
The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)
Music
The Tamarind Seed (1974)
Song ("Play It Again")
The Dove (1974)
Music
The Tamarind Seed (1974)
Music
A Doll's House (1973)
Music
The Glass Menagerie (1973)
Music
The Public Eye (1972)
Music Composition and Conducting
Living Free (1972)
Composer
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1972)
Music
Murphy's War (1971)
Music themes and Supervisor
Mary, Queen of Scots (1971)
Music Composition and Conducting
The Last Valley (1971)
Music Composition
They Might Be Giants (1971)
Music comp and Supervisor
Diamonds Are Forever (1971)
Music comp, Conductor and Arrangements
Walkabout (1971)
Music Composition and Conducting
Diamonds Are Forever (1971)
Composer
Monte Walsh (1970)
Music
Monte Walsh (1970)
Composer
The Appointment (1970)
Composer
Midnight Cowboy (1969)
Music Supervisor
On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)
Music comp, Arrangements & Conductor
On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)
Composer
Boom! (1968)
Music comp & Conductor
Petulia (1968)
Music comp & Conductor
The Lion in Winter (1968)
Music comp & Conductor
Deadfall (1968)
Music comp, Conductor & Arrangements
Deadfall (1968)
Composer
You Only Live Twice (1967)
Music comp & Conductor & Arrangements
The Whisperers (1967)
Music comp & Conductor
You Only Live Twice (1967)
Composer
The Quiller Memorandum (1966)
Music comp & Conductor
Born Free (1966)
Music comp & Conductor
The Party's Over (1966)
Music comp & Conductor
Dutchman (1966)
Music comp & Conductor
The Wrong Box (1966)
Music comp, Arrangements & Conductor
The Chase (1966)
Music comp & Conductor
Born Free (1966)
Composer
The Quiller Memorandum (1966)
Composer
Mister Moses (1965)
Music comp & Conductor
Thunderball (1965)
Music comp & Director
The Knack ... and how to get it (1965)
Music comp & Conductor
The Ipcress File (1965)
Music comp & Conductor
King Rat (1965)
Music comp & Conductor
From Russia With Love (1964)
Music comp & Conductor
Seance on a Wet Afternoon (1964)
Music comp & Conductor
Zulu (1964)
Original Music comp & Conductor
Man in the Middle (1964)
Orch Music comp & Conductor
They All Died Laughing (1964)
Music
Goldfinger (1964)
Music
Goldfinger (1964)
Composer
The L-Shaped Room (1963)
Jazz seq comp
The Playgirl and the War Minister (1963)
Music comp & Conductor
Never Let Go (1962)
Music comp & Conductor
Never Let Go (1962)
Composer
Wild for Kicks (1961)
Music comp & Arrangements
Wild for Kicks (1961)
Composer

Art Director (Feature Film)

A Clockwork Orange (1971)
Production Design

Cast (Special)

L'âge d'or de la musique de film 1965-1975 (2009)
The World of James Bond (1995)
John Barry's Moviola (1993)

Music (Special)

Cincinnati Pops Holiday: Love Is in the Air (1999)
Music
Roger Williams: Pop Goes the Ivories (1999)
Song
The Witness (1993)
Music
John Barry's Moviola (1993)
Music Conductor
John Barry's Moviola (1993)
Music
Elizabeth Taylor in London (1963)
Music Director

Music (Short)

Boy and Bicycle (1965)
Music Composer

Music (TV Mini-Series)

Eleanor and Franklin (1976)
Music Conductor
Eleanor and Franklin (1976)
Music

Life Events

1943

Began studying piano at age nine

1958

Formed the John Barry Seven; performed back-up for Adam Faith

1959

Wrote first film score for "Beat Girl"

1959

Worked for EMI records, arranging orchestral accompaniment for the company's recording artists

1960

Composed the music for "Never Let Go"

1962

Scored first James Bond film, "Dr. No" (credit goes to Monty Norman)

1964

Garnered an Emmy nomination for "Elizabeth Taylor in London" (ABC)

1966

Won two Oscars for his work on "Born Free"

1968

Won third Academy Award for "The Lion in Winter"

1969

Composed the music for "Midnight Cowboy"

1971

Wrote title theme for the TV series "Shirley's World" (ABC)

1971

Composed the theme for the TV series "The Persuaders!" (ABC)

1974

Scored the successful West End show "Billy"

1977

Earned an Emmy nomination for his music for "Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years" (ABC)

1980

Composed the music for "Somewhere in Time"

1981

Composed the score for the ill-fated Broadway musical "The Little Prince and the Aviator"; show closed in previews without officially opening

1985

Earned another Oscar for his score for "Out of Africa"

1990

Earned fifth Academy Award for "Dances With Wolves"

1992

Earned an Oscar nomination for the music from "Chaplin"

2006

Executive produced the album entitled <i>Here's to the Heroes</i> by the Australian ensemble The Ten Tenors

Videos

Movie Clip

Diamonds Are Forever (1971) - Title Song, Plain Solid Work After an extensive action prologue, in which 007 apparently killed Blofeld, Shirley Bassey’s vocal for the title song by John Barry and Don Black, and Sean Connery as Bond appears to lack interest in more routine work, involving diamonds, explained by M (Bernard Lee), in Diamonds Are Forever, 1971.
Diamonds Are Forever (1971) - Making Mud Pies After dispatching some minor evil-doers, James Bond (Sean Connery, returning in his sixth 007 feature) appears to have killed Blofeld (Charles Gray) in the pre-credits opening sequence, in Diamonds Are Forever, 1971, co-starring Jill St. John.
Thunderball (1965) - Credits, Title Song Tail end of the opening stunt leads to credit sequence for Thunderball, 1965, the fourth James Bond feature, title tune by John Barry and Don Black performed by Tom Jones.
From Russia With Love (1964) - Grant, That's Excellent Opening of the second James Bond feature From Russia With Love, 1964, and the first pre-credit action sequence, featuring 007 (Sean Connery) being stalked by Spectre agent Grant (Robert Shaw), sort of.
Dr. No (1963) - Opening, Three Blind Mice Opening title sequence for the first James Bond feature Dr. No, 1963, starring Sean Connery, and introducing three Jamaican "blind mice" who are up to no good.
Black Hole, The (1979) - Opening, Unscheduled Course Correction Music by John Barry and the voices of Roddy McDowall (as V.I.N.CENT the robot), Anthony Perkins (Dr. Durant) and Robert Forster(Capt. Holland) open Disney's 1979 sci-fi adventure The Black Hole.
Clockwork Orange, A (1971) - He Must Be A Great Disappointment Jailed for his latest offenses, Alex (Malcolm McDowell) is interrogated by a detective (Steven Berkoff) with Lindsay Campbell in uniform, until Deltoid (Aubrey Morris), his probation officer, arrives with news that the charge is murder, in Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange, 1971.
Clockwork Orange, A (1971) - It Was Ludwig Van From the famous sequence, on his second day of violence-aversion treatment, with doctors (Carl Duering, Madge Ryan) observing, inmate Alex (Malcolm McDowell) discovers his favorite composer used as background to the films he’s made to watch, in Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange, 1971.
Clockwork Orange, A (1971) - Singin' In The Rain Bored hooligans Alex (Malcolm McDowell) and gang (Michael Tarn, James Marcus, Warren Clarke) decide to raid the suburban home of writer Alexander (Patrick Magee) and wife (Adrienne Corri), and producer-director Stanley Kubrick paid for the rights to the song, in A Clockwork Orange, 1971.
Clockwork Orange, A (1971) - There Was Me, That Is, Alex Director-producer Stanley Kubrick’s opening to perhaps his most provocative film, Malcolm McDowell as Alex introduces himself and his “Droogs” (Michael Tarn, James Marcus, Warren Clarke) who guzzle spiked milk then attack a vagrant (Paul Farrell), in A Clockwork Orange, 1971.
Whisperers, The - In His Loving Arms Everyday cruelty at the soup kitchen (overseen by Gerald Sim and Lionel Gamlin) in her run-down Manchester neighborhood, Mrs. Ross (Edith Evans) with fellow pensioners, in writer-director Bryan Forbes' The Whisperers, 1967.
Wrong Box, The - Opening Credits Austin Powers would love the opening credits for The Wrong Box, 1966, starring Michael Caine, Peter Cook and Dudley Moore, directed by Bryan Forbes, from a script by Larry Gelbart and Burt Shevelove.

Trailer

On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) -- (Original Trailer) There’s a case to be made that the producers overshot the mark in compensating for the absence of Sean Connery, in the sixth James Bond feature, giving George Lazenby possibly more promotion than he needed, in the ever-reëvaluated On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, 1969, with Diana Rigg and Telly Savalas.
From Russia With Love (1964) -- (Original Trailer) James Bond (Sean Connery) is tempted with a Russian decoder and a beautiful blonde in From Russia With Love (1963).
Petulia - (Original Trailer) A divorced doctor (George C. Scott) has an affair with a young wife (Julie Christie) hiding a dark secret in Petulia (1968).
Chase, The - (Original Trailer) A convict's escape ignites passions in his hometown in The Chase (1966) starring Marlon Brando, Jane Fonda and Robert Redford.
Zulu - (Original Trailer) Zulu (1964), the story of how 139 British soldiers fought 4,000 Zulu warriors in 1879. Starring Stanley Baker and Michael Caine.
Robin And Marian - (Original Trailer) Sean Connery and Audrey Hepburn play a middle-aged Robin Hood and Maid Marian called back to action and romance.
Quiller Memorandum, The - (Original Trailer) An international spy infiltrates a Neo-Nazi gang in The Quiller Memorandum (1966) starring George Segal and Alec Guinness.
Ipcress File, The - (Original Trailer) Michael Caine brought a touch of realism to the James Bond world playing bespectacled British secret agent Harry Palmer in The Ipcress File (1965).
Born Free - (Original Trailer) A game warden and his wife face a wrenching decision when the lion cub they've raised becomes too big to keep in Born Free (1966).
L-Shaped Room, The - (U.S. Trailer) An unmarried, pregnant French woman (Leslie Caron) takes up residence in a British boarding house in The L-Shaped Room (1962).
Out of Africa - (Original Trailer) Meryl Streep stars in Out of Africa (1985), winner of seven Academy Awards including Best Picture.

Family

Jack Prendergast
Father
Movie theater owner. Made a Member of the British Empire (MBE) in the 1940s; died c. 1980.
Patrick Prendergast
Brother
Older; died in an accident in 1985; Barry dedicated the score of "Out of Africa" to him.
Kate Barry
Daughter
Born in 1967; mother, Jane Birkin.
Jonpatrick Barry
Son
Born on November 3, 1994; mother, Laurie Barry.

Companions

Jane Birkin
Wife
Actor, singer. Third wife; married in 1966; divorced.
Laurie Barry
Wife
Former reporter. Was working for <i>The Hollywood Reporter</i> when they met; married c. 1976; mother of Barry's son.

Bibliography

Notes

Appointed to the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Queen Elizabeth II in 1999.

John Barry composed the title theme for "Dr. No" (1962). Contractually Monty Norman received credit, but the film's director Terrence Young confirmed that Barry indeed was responsible for the music.

In 1988, Barry suffered a ruptured esophagus caused by a health tonic he was ingesting that turned out to be toxic. He underwent a a 13-hour operation to repair the damage.