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Composed #1 – Top 10 Jerry Goldsmith Scores

There is no question, that in terms of productivity and memorable film scores, John Williams is the person that everyone would immediately think of. He has been responsible for some of the greatest scores every produced. From the E.T. Theme to the Raiders march, from the Superman theme to Jaws, from Harry Potter to the whole of […]

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Batman – The Music

In 1988, Warner Brothers took a massive gamble and hired Tim Burton to bring Batman back to the big screen. What came out in 1989 was one of the biggest hits in history, and the score was surely just as responsible for its success. Brooding, dark, Gothic, majestic, booming, terrifying and one of the best […]

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From The Films Of Sir Kenneth Branagh: The Music Of Patrick Doyle

As part of the 14th Belfast Film Festival, I was lucky enough to attend a very special live concert of the music of Patrick Doyle, hosted by the BBC at Belfast’s Waterfront Hall. The occasion marked the 25th anniversary of the beginning of a long and fruitful collaboration between Patrick and Sir Ken, when Belfast’s […]

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Composed – The Music Of Creed

Creed is just as great as you’ve heard. A soulful expression of pride, belief and family. It chronicles the rise of young Adonis “Donny” Johnson (Michael B. Jordan), illegitimate son of legendary boxer Apollo Creed, as he quits his white collar job to seek out his father’s old friend and rival, Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone), […]

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Sheer Magnetism – Sir George Martin & Live & Let Die (Interview)

  In 1973 James Bond was about to change. Long gone where the Martinis, the Walther PPK and the Scottish accent. Bond was now English, drinking bourbon whiskey, smoking cigars and carrying a Magnum. Though none of these changes stuck with the Bond films that followed, they are part of what makes Live and Let Die a Bond […]

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Top 10 Non-Barry Bond Scores

During the heady days of James Bond’s formative movie life John Barry, the composer supreme who provided Bond with pomp and swagger, was unavailable (tax reasons, work commitments, retirement) for a few films, so other composers stepped into the breach and attempted with some mixed results to replicate, or better, his work. Here is a […]

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Composed #2 – Danny Elfman

Danny Elfman was born in Los Angeles, California, the son of Blossom Elfman, a writer and teacher, and Milton Elfman, a teacher who was in the Air Force. He spent much of his time in the local movie theatre, adoring the music of such film composers as Bernard Herrmann and Franz Waxman. Elfman says he […]

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