John Barry, the man who probably did more to make James Bond a household name than Sean Connery, died in New York yesterday at the age of 77. Barry was the musician behind the scores of a dozen Bond films, including “Goldfinger.” He picked up five Oscars over the course of his more than 40-year career, for films like “Out of Africa” (1985) and “Dances with Wolves” (1990). His compositions were often way better than the movies they were in. The piece above is from the otherwise forgettable 1979 film “Black Hole.” The LA Times‘ Randall Roberts compiled a Youtube list of some of Barry’s other great works.
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Former Universal Studios film maven Mary Parent is transforming MGM into a real studio, just a few years after Sony acquired it but made it look like it was putting it to death.
Parent, a former New Line Cinema executive and then Universal Film president and then a producer, has been doing it in baby steps.
Most recently, she just bought an action film, “Wardogs,” with “Get Smart” director Peter Segal attached to direct.
MGM, which still relies heavily on another action figure (called James Bond) may be looking to tap into the ever-burgeoning foreign markets. It turns out Mary Parent is actually turning into a Parent with a little MGM waiting to grow.
Bonham’s costume auction in London saw a brown hooded robe go for $104,000. Worn by Alec Guiness as Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars films, the cloak was forgotten for years in a warehouse. Two anonymous telephone bidders duked it out for the costume.
The James Bond dinner jacket from Thunderball went for $64,700 and a beaten metal helmet worn by Terry Jones in Monty Python and the Holy Grail sold for $19,300, 20 times more than its pre-sale estimate.