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Titles of films John Barry was alleged to be scoring in the past, but that did not happen or scores were replaced. Several titles may have been be mere speculation at the time and hold no truth whatsoever.

  • Promise Her Anything +

    1965
    Promise Her Anything

    Composer Lyn Murray said the "powers" didn't like Barry's score, and ask him to replace it; he added he did not hear Barry's score. Leslie
    Bricusse was to have written the title song with Barry and may well have done.

    Composer: Lyn Murray

  • What's New Pussycat +

    1965
    What's New Pussycat

    Considered but unavailable

    Composer: Burt Bacharach

  • Sinful Davy +

    1968
    Sinful Davy

    A 19th century contemporary score which Barry says he wrote and recorded for John Huston but the producers rejected the score and subsequently wouldn't return it to Barry.
    Lukas Kendall of 'Film Score Monthly' has checked the studio vaults for 'Sinful Davey' and sadly, but not surprisingly, it's not there. It must be 99.999% certain that the studio executives who hated the score destroyed the masters thus depriving us of what may well have been a classic Barry score.
    The themes from Sinful Davey may have been recycled into other scores but we'll never know for certain unless Barry can remember and is willing to discuss it.

    John Middleton wrote in our discussion forum: Score recorded at CTS. Masters held across the road in a basement which was flooded during a cloudburst. No-one realised about the flood for some time.

    Composer: Ken Thorne

  • Anne of The Thousand Days +

    1969
    Anne of The Thousand Days

    Composer: Georges Delerue

  • Battle Of Britain +

    1969
    Battle Of Britain

    Apparently, John Barry turned down the assignment before Goodwin was asked.

    When they asked Goodwin the first time, he declined. After they found no other (Barry and apparently others) willing to replace Walton, they asked Goodwin the second time. Goodwin doubled his fee, and to his surprise Saltzman said OK.

    Composer: Ron Goodwin, William Walton

  • Love Story +

    1970
    Love Story

    Anthony Harvey was to direct, but Barry left when Arthur Hiller signed on. 

    Composer: Francis Lai

  • Get Carter +

    1971
    Get Carter

    Considered but unavailable

    Composer: Roy Budd

  • Live and Let Die +

    1973
    Live and Let Die

    Unavailable: fell out with Harry Saltzman, and working on Billy.

    Composer: George Martin / titlesong: Paul McCartney and Wings

  • Don't Look Now +

    1973
    Don't Look Now

    "Frances" DVD has interesting tidbits apparently reveals by interviews and commentary that Barry was offered this Nic Roeg's film. Apparently, it isn't revealed why Barry didn't do them.

    Composer: Pino Donaggio

  • The Man Who Fell To Earth +

    1976
    The Man Who Fell To Earth

    "Frances" DVD has interesting tidbits apparently reveals by interviews and commentary that Barry was offered this Nic Roeg's film. Apparently, it isn't revealed why Barry didn't do them. 

    Composer: John Phillips, Stomu Yamashta

  • The Spy Who Loved Me +

    1977
    The Spy Who Loved Me

    Unavailable due to tax-related problems

    Composer: Marvin Hamlisch

  • Gulliver's Travels +

    1977
    Gulliver's Travels (1972)

    Peter Hunt mentioned in an interview that Barry and Black had written a substantial amount but when the film went into financial hiatus, and was effectively locked up, the whole project got shelved. When the finance came back, Hunt contacted Barry and Black, but Barry had withdrawn his music by then.

  • First Love +

    1977
    First Love

    Began as a song score, wasn't working. Barry hired to write a complete score, parts of which were rejected as "too mature," resulting in a hybrid song score/ Barry score. At this point, Barry asked his name be removed, but his name was seen as composer on the theatrical posters and (b) there were unmistakable Barryisms in the snippets of score that (still) remain. The director just couldn't make up her mind.
    In January 2013, a limited edition of John Barry's score was released on CD by Lalalaland Records.

  • For Your Eyes Only +

    1981
    For Your Eyes Only

    Unavailable due to tax-related problems

    Composer: Bill Conti

  • Clash of the Titans +

    1981
    Clash of the Titans

    According to writer Martyn Crosthwaite, who had conducted in-depth interviews with Barry, Barry had a disagreement with the producers over his overture and left the project having written nothing more. However, Ray Harryhausen claimed Barry's complete score was rejected as unsuitable.

    In 2001 Barry told Ford Thaxton: "I can't remember for sure. I don't think I got too involved. I think I may have done some demos on that and they didn't like the way I was going with it and that was probably it."

    Composer: Laurence Rosenthal

  • The Right Stuff +

    1983
    The Right Stuff

    In an interview in the late eighties, Barry said that director Phil Kaufman was a frustrated musician who was unable to get his take on the music across. At one point, to describe the music he wanted, Kaufman said: "you're walking in the desert and you see a cactus, and you put your foot on it, but it just starts growing up through your foot."

    Barry told Ford Thaxton "I wrote several things and Phil Kaufman was very up on all the rest of it and everything. It was going very well, and then there were certain problems on the movie down the line, and he needed an excuse for delaying the production. The details are a little foggy now, but I've always remembered my association with Kaufman was also one of the most dishonest pieces of behavior I've ever encountered in the movie industry. I'll leave it at that."

    Composer: Bill Conti (Academy Award)

  • Once Bitten +

    1985
    Once Bitten

    Barry wrote two demo themes, didn't get the job. Recycled them into Best Man In The World for Golden Child.

    Composer: John Du Prez

     

  • Farm of the Year +

    1988
    Farm of the Year

    Because of his ilness - ruptured oesophagus, JB had to leave the music for Farm of the Year, retitled 'Miles from Home'

    Composer: Robert Folk

  • Licence To Kill +

    1989
    Licence To Kill

    The producers wanted him to score this movie but because he was still recovering from serious illness it was considered unsafe for him to fly to London to work on the score. They left it as late as possible before hiring Michael Kamen.

    Composer: Michael Kamen

  • Stella +

    1990
    Stella

    In an interview Barry says he had finished composing the score and the "powers that be" decided the film should be a comedy instead of drama and asked him to redo the main theme. Barry refused, and walked off the picture.

    Composer: John Morris

  • The Russia House +

    1990
    The Russia House

    Can anyone confirm?

    Composer: Jerry Goldsmith

  • The Prince of Tides +

    1991
    The Prince of Tides

    Fell out with director and left.

    Composer: James Newton Howard

  • CrissCross +

    1992
    CrissCross

    Saw film and decided he wasn't interested. As told to Geoff by him.

    Composer: Trevor Jones

  • The Bodyguard +

    1992
    The Bodyguard

    New director, Barry left.

    Composer: Alan Silvestri and pop songs

  • Year of the Comet +

    1992
    Year of the Comet

    Main theme is used in the film's trailer towards the end.

    Composer: Hummie Mann

  • Of Mice and Men +

    1992
    Of Mice and Men

    Composer: Mark Isham

  • 1492 +

    1992
    1492

    JB told Geoff that the director once offered to show him the film but that was as far as it went. He never heard from him again on the subject.

    Composer: Vangelis

  • Sleepless in Seattle +

    1993
    Sleepless in Seattle

    'I was offered Sleepless in Seattle. They sent me the script. They asked me to do it, and I said I would be very interested. But then I heard there was a so-called "musical supervisor," and whenever I hear that I want to run. So then the musical supervisor came into the picture. And then I spoke to a guy who runs Epic Music in Los Angeles. And he said he wanted these songs, and I said "can I have a list? Fax me a list." And there were about 20 songs, and I said, "Well, where am I?" Right then I didn't want to do this movie.'

    Composer: Marc Shaiman

  • It Could Happen To You +

    1994
    It Could Happen To You

    Composer: Carter Burwell

  • The Grass Harp +

    1995
    The Grass Harp

    Composer: Patrick Williams

  • Goldeneye +

    1995
    Goldeneye

    Was asked to score but was too busy on other projects and also wanted to spend time with his very young son.

    Composer: Eric Serra

  • The Juror +

    1996
    The Juror

    "I met with the director, Brian Gibson, and told him how I work. I would give him themes, and then I go off and work, and then go to Los Angeles, he's finished shooting, we spot the movie. I did a few things which he really liked a lot, and which Columbia liked. Then he said, "Well, what about the rest of the music?" and I said, "What about the rest of the music?" He said, "I want to hear it." I said, "This is not an audition, Brian. This is your second movie. If there's anything at the end of the  day that you don't like, then we have a little session."

    Composer: James Newton Howard

  • The English Patient +

    1996
    The English Patient

    Was approached but refused.

  • Tomorrow Never Dies +

    1997
    Tomorrow Never Dies

    Wanted proper fee, full creative control (the song), both of which he was refused.

    Composer: David Arnold

  • Bliss +

    1998
    Bliss

    Barry recorded some violin pieces that were played on set while filming, but a scheduling problem led to him being unable to do the score in the end.

    Composer: Jan A.P. Kaczmarek

  • Seven Years in Tibet +

    1998
    Seven Years in Tibet

    Hhad conversations with director but never signed.

    Composer: John Williams

  • Ever After +

    1998
    Ever After

    Wrote a theme as a demo, which was rejected.

    Composer: George Fenton

  • The Horse Whisperer +

    1998
    The Horse Whisperer

    Wrote and recorded several demo themes but disagreements with director Robert Redford led to him leaving the project. He did not compose and record a complete score, as has been suggested.

    Composer: Thomas Newman

  • The End Of The Affair +

    1999
    The End Of The Affair

    Wrote demo theme, presumably rejected. It's now a track on Eternal Echoes.

    Composer: Michael Nyman

  • Goodbye Lover +

    1999
    Goodbye Lover

    Wrote and recorded full score. However, the film's writer, Ron Peer, who was delighted that John was the composer, believes he did not want to "lighten" his score in certain places as required by the director during the editing process. Hence John Ottman was brought in to write a replacement score. It's worth noting that actress Ellen DeGeneres claimed that test audiences reacted badly to the film originally ending with her character being killed, so she was called back to re-shoot the ending.

    Composer: John Ottman

  • Tom's Midnight Garden +

    1999
    Tom's Midnight Garden

    Director Willard Carroll wanted Barry (him being a big fan), made one phone call just to check out availability but there was never any discussion beyond that.

    Composer: Debbie Wiseman

  • Thomas and the Magic Railroad +

    2000
    Thomas and the Magic Railroad

    Barry was initially very enthusiastic about this (his son was a big fan of the stories) and wrote several songs with Don Black. However, he eventually decided the film was not going the way he had envisaged and left.

    Composer: Hummie Mann

  • The Incredibles +

    2004
    The Incredibles

    Worked on this for some time but apparently the studio did not agree with his take. There seems to have been a misunderstanding as director Brad Bird hired him on the basis that he would write a score which was a pastiche of his James Bond scores.  Barry had no intention of scoring it that way and even his trailer music was replaced by a real Bond theme - OHMSS!  They could not agree and Barry left.

    Composer: Michael Giacchino

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 Projects which never saw the day of light.
 
  • The Jam +

    The Jam

    Barry bought the rights and planned to act as composer/producer.

  • Travels with Charlie +

    Travels with Charlie

    Barry bought the rights and planned to act as composer/producer with segments to be directed by people like Kevin C. I seem to recall that Jim Wilson might have been a co-producer? Not sure! Barry publicised this quite a lot in the sweep of post-Dances popularity but (obviously) it never arrived.

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Thanks to: Stephen Woolston, Pete Greenhill, James Southall, David N. Butterworth, Michael Storck, Matt Manning, Ron van Overveldt, Guenther Koegebehn, Mike Copping, John Middleton.

Other sources: "John Barry - A Life In Music", "Score" (Dutch film music magazine, which also mentioned: Property of a Lady (a Bond title rumour), Lonesome Dove, and called The Horse Whisperer the new Bond ! in 1996.
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The Best of John Barry: From Bond to Born Free

Friday 24 Mar 2017, 7.30pm
De Montfort Hall, Leicester
Website

Philharmonia Orchestra
Nicholas Dodd conductor

Goldfinger (1964) -  On her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) We Have All the Time in the World -   Main Theme, Zulu - Somewhere in Timebiography -  Moviola -  The Persuaders -  Mary, Queen of Scots -  Midnight Cowboy -  Suite, Dances with Wolves - -interval- -  Born Free -  All Time High, Octopussy (1983) -  Theme, Out of Africa (1985) -  Body Heat -  Chaplin -  Space March (Capsule in Space), You Only Live Twice -  The Knack -  Suite, James Bond


The Best of John Barry: From Bond to Born Free

Sunday 26 Mar 2017, 7.45pm
The Anvil, Basingstoke
Website

Philharmonia Orchestra
Nicholas Dodd conductor

Goldfinger (1964) -  On her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) We Have All the Time in the World -   Main Theme, Zulu - Somewhere in Timebiography -  Moviola -  The Persuaders -  Mary, Queen of Scots -  Midnight Cowboy -  Suite, Dances with Wolves - -interval- -  Born Free -  All Time High, Octopussy (1983) -  Theme, Out of Africa (1985) -  Body Heat -  Chaplin -  Space March (Capsule in Space), You Only Live Twice -  The Knack -  Suite, James Bond


 The Music of Bond RPO 11 April 2017

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra presents
The Music of Bond
Tuesday 11 April 2017
Doors: 6:45pm
Starts: 7:30pm

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The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra returns to London’s Royal Albert Hall to perform The Music of Bond, following its sensational sell-out performance in October 2015.

Presented by A View to a Kill’s ‘Bond girl’ Fiona Fullerton, we celebrate over fifty years of timeless James Bond theme songs with hits from Goldfinger, Casino Royale, From Russia With Love, Diamonds Are Forever, Skyfall, Spectre and many more, all sung by outstanding vocalists Alison Jiear and Simon Bowman.

Gareth Hudson conductor
Alison Jiear vocalist
Simon Bowman vocalist
Fiona Fullerton presenter

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra


Sheffield City Hall
Irwin Mitchell Oval Hall
James Bond: The Music of 007

from £22.50

Booking Fees May Apply
Friday, 30 Jun 2017
Start Time: 19:30
Doors Open: 19:00

Website

The music that capture a world of pulse-pumping action, glamorous femmes fatales, villainous arch enemies and, of course, unforgettable tunes. With roaring brass, lush orchestrations and sensuous songs, these movies have produced hit after hit all over the world. The list of credits includes the thrumming James Bond theme itself, 'Diamonds are Forever', 'Moonraker', 'Thunderball', 'From Russia with Love', 'Goldfinger', 'For Your Eyes Only', 'Skyfall' and many more.

Smooth as a vodka martini, elegant as a tuxedo and cool as a cucumber sandwich, Stephen Bell, the Hallé's suave, sophisticated maestro leads the world-renowned Hallé Orchestra as they celebrate the ultimate British hero – James Bond. Immerse yourself in the spine-tingling sounds that gave musical voice to the films in catchy title sequences and haunting songs performed here by star vocalists Alison Jiear and Matthew Ford.

An evening packed with some of cinema's most iconic themes, come dressed as your favourite Bond character, knock back a Vodka Martini and be prepared to be shaken and stirred!

Tickets for The Music of James Bond with The Hallé' (subject to booking fees) at Sheffield City Hall are available online at www.sheffieldcityhall.co.uk through the ticket hotline on 0114 2 789 789 and in person at the Sheffield City Hall Box Office.


A lot more James Bond concerts collected on the link below, I have put them all in this news item. So check it out from there!

http://www.moviesinconcert.nl/index.php?page=concertlist


18 Feb 2017

   Canada   Regina Fifty Years of Bond…James Bond

03 Mar 2017

 03 Mar 2017  USA Colorado Colorado Springs 007: The Music of James Bond
04 Mar 2017  USA Colorado Colorado Springs 007: The Music of James Bond

 11 Mar 2017

 11 Mar 2017  Germany   München (Munich) A Night with James Bond (Jagd auf James Bond)
12 Mar 2017  Germany   München (Munich) A Night with James Bond (Jagd auf James Bond)

 16 Mar 2017

   Germany   Frankfurt am Main A Night with James Bond (Jagd auf James Bond)

31 Mar 2017

   Germany   Nürnberg A Night with James Bond (Jagd auf James Bond)

31 Mar 2017

 31 Mar 2017  USA Texas Fort Worth 007: The Music of James Bond
01 Apr 2017  USA Texas Fort Worth 007: The Music of James Bond

01 Apr 2017

   Germany   Stuttgart A Night with James Bond (Jagd auf James Bond)

02 Apr 2017

   USA Texas Fort Worth 007: The Music of James Bond

 02 Apr 2017

   United Kingdom   Leeds

Shaken & Stirred: The Music of James Bond

Shaken & Stirred: The Music of James Bond

02 April 2017

Tickets: £30, £27, £24, £19, £14, £10 (discounts available).

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Featuring Goldfinger, Diamonds Are Forever and Skyfall.

Leeds Town Hall

Concert begins at 4pm

Orchestra of Opera North
Gareth Hudson - conductor
Mary Carewe - voice
Simon Bowman - voice

The ultimate Bond concert with excerpts from all 24 films from Dr No to Spectre. With classic songs made famous by great artists such as Shirley Bassey, Tom Jones, Matt Monro, Paul McCartney, Duran Duran, Tina Turner, Adele, Sam Smith and more, this evening is dedicated to the world’s most famous spy.

Led by Gareth Hudson and joined by two of the leading vocal artists of the Bond repertoire, Mary Carewe and Simon Bowman, from the moment the Orchestra of Opera North strike up the iconic James Bond Theme you will realise that Nobody does it better as you’re immersed in an evening of classic Bond music which will leave you shaken AND stirred. 

Channel your inner spy or become a Bond-girl for the evening as we encourage bookers to dress to impress.

Norman/Raine - James Bond theme
Barry/Raine - Thunderball
Barry/Raine - Goldfinger
Barry/Raine - You only live twice
Barry/Raine - From Russia With Love: Title Song
Barry/Raine - Moonraker
Barry/Raine - Diamonds Are Forever
David & Bacharach/Raine - Casino Royale
Hamlisch/Raine - The Spy Who Loved Me: Nobody Does It Better
Barry/Raine - The Man With The Golden Gun: Title Song
Barry/Raine - On Her Majesty's Secret Service: We Have All The Time In The World
Barry/Raine - Suite: A View to a Kill
Walden & Cohen/Raine Licence to Kill: Title Song

Interval

Barry/Raine - A View to a Kill
Conti/Raine - For Your Eyes Only
Barry/Raine - Octopussy: All Time High
Barry & Waaktaar/Raine - The Living Daylights: Title Song
Bono & The Edge/Raine - Goldeneye
Arnold & Black/Raine - Tomorrow Never Dies: Surrender
Arnold - Die Another Day: Welcome to Cuba
Arnold & Black/Raine -The World Is Not Enough: Title Song
Cornell & Arnold/Raine Casino Royale: You Know My Name
White/Raine Quantum Of Solace: Another Way To Die
McCartney/Raine - Live And Let Die: Title Song
Atkins & Epworth/Raine - Skyfall
Smith/Raine - Spectre: Writing’s on the Wall


 08 Apr 2017

   United Kingdom   Belfast Goldfinger! The Best of James Bond

08 April 2017
Belfast
(United Kingdom)         
Goldfinger! The Best of James Bond
Ulster Orchestra conducted by Stephen Bell - Ulster Hall

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Program Info:
An explosive evening of the very best themes from the James Bond series. Stephen Bell will be the man with the golden baton, leading the Ulster Orchestra through classics from across the decades, from early films such as Goldfinger, right through to the present day and hits such as the Oscar-winning theme to Skyfall. Favourites such as Live and Let Die, Diamonds are Forever and Licence to Kill will leave you shaken and stirred at this fabulous concert!


External links:
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 11 Apr 2017

   United Kingdom   London The Music of Bond

13 Apr 2017

13 Apr 2017  USA Mississippi Kansas City Bond and beyond: 50 years of 007
14 Apr 2017  USA Mississippi Kansas City Bond and beyond: 50 years of 007
15 Apr 2017  USA Mississippi Kansas City Bond and beyond: 50 years of 007

  30 Jun 2017

   United Kingdom   Sheffield James Bond: The Music of 007

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James Bond Spectacular
August 18, 2017
Time: 19:30

The Harlington Theatre
236 Fleet Road
Fleet
Hants
GU51 4BY

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Back by popular demand, popular Q The Music Show is coming back to The Harlington, Fleet bringing their fabulous and iconic music of James Bond to you in a stunning concert. This show has been a huge success at other theatres with its energetic and exciting performance by some of the UK’s leading musicians.

Featuring all the songs from the 007 movies, you can hear the greats like Goldfinger, Diamonds Are Forever, Skyfall, Thunderball, Live And Let Die, Goldeneye and Licence To Kill amongst all the others. With top musicians, dancers, and an informative and highly amusing compere, this show as everything you could want for a fabulous night out – and one that you will be talking about for years to come.

Formed in 2004, Q The Music Show have established a worldwide reputation for their authentic covers, orchestral sound and fabulous hair-raising vocalists. The show has been popular abroad at events in Monte Carlo, Germany, Italy, Guernsey, Prague and many others.

Don’t miss this superb evening as…Nobody Does It Better!


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James Bond Spectacular
August 20, 2017
Time: 19:30

Buxton Opera House,
Water Street
Buxton
Derbyshire SK17 6XN

Website

The popular Q The Music Show brings its James Bond Concert Spectacular to Buxton Opera House. The 13-piece band will be bringing the fabulous and iconic music of James Bond to you in a stunning concert. This show has been a huge success all around the world with its energetic and exciting performance by some of the UK’s leading musicians.

Featuring all the songs from the 007 movies, you can hear the greats like Goldfinger, Diamonds Are Forever, Skyfall, Thunderball, Live And Let Die, Goldeneye and Licence To Kill amongst all the others. With top musicians and an informative and highly amusing compere, this show as everything you could want for a fabulous night out – and one that you will be talking about for years to come.

Formed in 2004, Q The Music Show have established a worldwide reputation for their authentic covers, orchestral sound and fabulous hair-raising vocalists. The show has been popular abroad at events in Monte Carlo, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Guernsey, Prague and many others.


19 Nov 2017

   Canada   Thunder Bay Shaken Not Stirred – The Music of James Bond

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James Bond Spectacular
December 1, 2017
Time: 19:30

Camberley Theatre,
Knoll Road,
Camberley,
Surrey, GU15 3SY,
GB

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The popular James Bond Concert Spectacular by Q The Music Show is coming to Camberley Theatre. They will be bringing the fabulous and iconic music of James Bond to you in a stunning concert.  This show has been a huge success all around the World with its energetic and exciting performance by some of the UK’s leading musicians.
 
Featuring all the songs from the 007 movies...