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 Posted:   Mar 7, 2018 - 10:03 AM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

Yes, I know there will be some who will laugh at the thought but for those of us who grew up watching those films and listening to that music this heading is perfectly sensible.

But it was a surprise to me to hear some John Barry music completely out of the blue. We were watching a re-run of the old TV series Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) (1969/70) - US title: My Partner the Ghost - episode 10, entitled When Did You Start to Stop Seeing Things? (first broadcast 23 Nov 69).

Now this series carries a wonderful title theme and perfectly adequate scoring by the ever-dependable Edwin Astley. So it did come as a surprise when, as the story entered its final act, the music scoring changed and John Barry's distinct sounds took over. The story-line had Clifford Evans' psychiatrist character, under the influence of ghost Marty Hopkirk, act as a Secret Agent with a licence to kill. For approx. 50 seconds the music is pure John Barry, culled from his composition Mood Three (library music), twanging guitar, distinctive brass, finger-tapping melody.

Was the decision to use this (partial) cue made by Mr. Astley or by the music editor, Mr. Deveril Goodman? Whoever, it was a good choice as the music aids the silly sequence ... it's non-Bond, Bond music. Which is strange given this music is a 1959 composition ... some 2 - 3 years prior to the composition of the James Bond Theme. But that's another (oft-discussed) subject.


 Posted:   Mar 7, 2018 - 11:15 AM   
 By:   villagardens553   (Member)

I've been listening to John Barry since I was a kid, when the double-bill of From Russia With Love and Dr. No hit the states. JB got me into film music. And from there to many other directions. I've heard virtually everything JB released and am well versed in his strengths and weaknesses. When John Barry was at his best, and he was at his best a lot, there is no composer I would rather listen to.

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