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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The Man With the Midas Touch



As I dive into researching the life and musical genius of the legendary John Barry, I felt compelled to share the musical evolution of the James Bond universe by way of blog. While reading about Mr. Barry's life, I continuously ask myself why I connect so deeply with this older British dude who is associated with a franchise that ostensibly had little respect for women! I only have inklings at the moment, recalling that before I even knew what John Barry's style was I loved John Barry's style; before I even knew there was a song called Goldfinger I imitated Shirley Bassey's voice for fun. As I start picking up on similar perspectives and preferences, even if they're as simple as mutual predilections for Kier Royals or finding permanent homes (miles away from actual home) in New York City, I am discovering a man who's more mysterious and fascinating to me than the selfsame initialed character he helped breathe life into.




Dr. No, 1962



To Russia With Love, 1963



Goldfinger, 1964



Thunderball, 1965

You Only Live Twice (1967) is unfortunately not available for embedding, but you can view it here.



On Her Majesty's Secret Service, 1969



Diamonds Are Forever, 1971



Live and Let Die, 1973

The Man with the Golden Gun is available here.



The Spy Who Loved Me, 1977



Moonraker, 1979



For Your Eyes Only, 1981 - Check out the unused (BETTER ONE!) by Blondie here.



Octopussy, 1983



A View to a Kill, 1985



The Living Daylights, 1987



Licence to Kill, 1989



GoldenEye , 1995



Tomorrow Never Dies, 1997



The World Is Not Enough, 1999



Die Another Day, 2002



Casino Royale, 2006



Quantum of Solace, 2008 - I can see the influence of On Her Majesty's Secret Service in this version.


I'm anxious to see what Sam Mendes comes up with next year.
I'm particularly fond of the Shirley Bassey, On Her Majesty's Secret Service and the a-Ha ones.
The Garbage one is pretty cool, too. Least favorite is definitely the Madonna one- what were they thinking?


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