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With the music to such James Bond classics as From Russia With Love and Goldfinger already under his belt, John Barry switched intrigue gears a bit with this soundtrack to the British spy thriller The Ipcress File, starring Michael Caine as novelist Len Deighton's government sleuth, Harry Palmer. And while Barry utilizes some of his Bond tricks here — dramatic atmospherics and noirish exotica — he makes the music more compact by often eschewing lush string charts in favor of dark instrumental tones, extended jazz solos, and a healthy dose of bongos. Sure, the blaring brass and tense lounge strains heard in many a Bond theme are present, but Barry seems to make it all swing more, expanding the mix with waltz rhythms and some West Coast jazz touches. An essential title for all Barry fans.


Born: 03 November 1933 in York, England

Genre: Soundtrack

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

John Barry was one of the best-known composers of soundtrack music of the late 20th and early 21st centuries, but his career carried him through a multitude of music genres and styles. He was best-known in film in connection with his work on the James Bond pictures, but Barry was also the holder of five Academy Awards, none of them for the Bond movies. Born Free (for which he won Oscars for Best Score and Best Song), The Lion in Winter, Out of Africa, and Dances with Wolves are hardly unknown films...
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