Pinewood’s Theatre 7 renamed in honour of John Barry

The late John Barry, long term composer of the James Bond series and the man responsible for the Bond sound was honoured last Friday at a ceremony at Pinewood Studios, when Theatre 7 was renamed the John Barry Theatre.

As pointed out by Edward Biddulph on Twitter, it may be no coincidence that Theatre 7 was chosen for the composer; his group was named The John Barry Seven and remained active between 1957 and 1965, recording the James Bond Theme for Dr No in 1962.

Following the success of the first James Bond film and with Barry’s arrangement of the Bond theme, producers Cubby Broccoli and Harry Saltzman brought Barry on board From Russia With Love as composer and it was then that the real Bond sound began to emerge.

Barry built on that with the iconic Goldfinger and went in to compose the scores of eleven James Bond films, ending his involvement in the series in 1987 with The Living Daylights.

John Barry died in January 2011.


David Leigh founded The James Bond Dossier in 2002. A fan of 007 since the age of 8, he is also author of The Complete Guide to the Drinks of James Bond. You can order a copy here if you don't own it already.

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