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Five Of The Best Lesser Known Scores By Composer John Barry

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Composer John Barry, who died this Sunday, will be best remembered for his work on the “James Bond” films. I’ve already heard him referred to as the “Bond” composer a dozen times and for good reason. Whether he wrote the original theme song or not, he still scored “Goldfinger,” “From Russia with Love,” and the most titillatingly titled film about a Fabergé egg, “Octopussy.”

Actually, he scored a whopping 12 of the 007 films in all, but Barry composed the scores to some 98 other films as well (110 in all). Many were respected, infamous pictures, like “Out of Africa,” and others like “Howard the Duck,” were just infamous. The following are selections — both from well known and lesser known films — from some of Barry’s other scores, and though IMDB may never list them as what he’s “known for,” a few of them are among the best scores ever written for a film.

5. “The Deep” (1977)

Hands down, the second best film ever to feature a grizzled Robert Shaw barking orders at people on a boat. And a great underwater adventure score.

4. “Somewhere in Time” (1980)

Your Mom cried to the swelling music in this period piece/time travel weepie about star-crossed lovers starring Christopher Reeves and Jane Seymour. It’s all right if you teared up too.

3. “King Kong” (1976)

Still the superior film about a giant gorilla who falls for a blond, even with comically outdated effects. Jeff Bridges, Jessica Lange and Charles Grodin as the big oil a-hole help a lot.

2. “Midnight Cowboy” (1969)

Barry’s score for John Schlesinger’s “Midnight Cowboy” is top notch, worthy of this magnificent film. Taken as a whole with it’s soundtrack and Harry Nilsson’s “Everybody’s Talkin,'” this is one of the best unions of film and music in cinema history.

1. “Dances With Wolves” (1990)

The music in “Dances With Wolves” is vintage John Barry. It may not be as immediately cool or iPod friendly as pieces from “Midnight Cowboy” or his many “Bond” scores, but it is a boundlessly beautiful work that evokes the all romance of the lost American West. It should give you an irresistible urge to play around in the grass with Two Socks too.

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

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Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

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Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

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Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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