Music To Watch Bond By

The stories and artwork behind the music of every James Bond film scored by John Barry alongside 300+ colour images.


Publication Date: 20 July 2023
Language: English
    By Geoff Leonard and Pete Walker
    Cover design and artwork by: Ruud Rozemeijer


Pages: 280
Binding: Paperback and Hardback
Interior Color: Color
Dimensions: Crown Quarto (7.44 x 9.68 in / 189 x 246 cm

A limited number of signed hardback copies are available direct for UK
customers only, priced at £26.50 post-free.

Contact Geoff Leonard for payment details.

Alternatively, order here through the shop
(hardcover edition)

The price of the books will vary slightly between countries, but is
based on £21 (paperback) and £26.50 (hardback).  Lulu charges postage
at local rates per country.


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The five-hundred page book, fully-illustrated (often with rarely seen images), consists of a chronological exploration of key landmarks underpinning John Barry's illustrious career.

Written in the form of extensively researched essays concentrating on one specific score, over forty  are represented, from the first, Beat Girl, to the last, Enigma. Whether highly acclaimed or lower key films, each chapter sets out, clearly and accurately, the circumstances surrounding the inception and completion of the score under scrutiny and in doing so, provides  fresh insights into John Barry's remarkable legacy.

 Our Redcliffe published book "Music by John Barry" has sold out. However, we have made available a print-on-demand version with identical internal content. The difference is the absence of a dust-jacket for the print-on-demand version.

Order here through the shop

The cost of the book depends on your location; for guidance:
£35 for UK customers,
€ 37 for those in the EU
$39 for US customers
Postage will be charged at a rate local for the country concerned.


John Barry - The Man With The Midas Touch by Leonard, Walker & Bramley

John Barry - The Man With the Midas Touch is still available at a discounted price and UK only. You won't find it anywhere else apart from at vastly inflated prices on eBay or Amazon.

Buy now direct from co-author Gareth Bramley while copies last


John Barry - The Early Years CD

Our CD "John Barry - The Early Years" is a compilation album focusing on the years 1959-1962, with every track a Barry arrangement or composition. The majority of tracks are making their début on CD.

Buy now through our own website (Paypal or contact us)

Those customers who wish to pay by bank transfer, please contact us the  appropriate details.


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Now available!

The Stringbeat Years: Songs accompanied by John Barry

Now available, a 4-CD box-set comprising of 144 tracks, a 24-page booklet (replete with period photographs and comprehensive notes) and including ten bonus tracks (among them the CD debut of the first ever cover version of a John Barry instrumental composition).

Featuring – for the first time – the film versions of ‘Mix me a Person’, ‘The Time has Come’, and ‘What a Whopper’ (slightly shortened). There’s also an unique opportunity to hear the original version of ‘Ah, Poor Little Baby’, making its premiere appearance on CD.

The box-set is limited to 500 copies and is only £16.99 post-free in the UK, so don’t miss out! It is available direct from this website!

£16.99  post-free in the UK
£19.99  anywhere else in the world

Order now!

Those customers who wish to pay by bank transfer, please contact us the  appropriate details.

Let us know if you aren't able to do this and we'll work out another way. 

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Hit and Miss: The Story of The John Barry Seven

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Our book "Hit and Miss: The Story of The John Barry Seven" is now available!


post-free for UK customers.

You can order now!

Those customers who wish to pay by bank transfer, please contact us the  appropriate details.

Let us know if you aren't able to do this and we'll work out another way.

Alternatively, UK residents can order from us via ebay, where credit cards are accepted. The book's cover price is £30, so anybody ordering direct from us will receive a 33% discount, reducing the cost to £19.99.
For postage and packing for those outside the UK, please add:
Europe - £11.00
Rest of the World – £27.00
(or £12 economy, though note this can take several weeks).
We'll also need your mailing address, of course!

Further discount if you want two or more copies - ask for details.

Alternatively, Contact us and we will be in touch!

Visit our dedicated web page here!

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Geoff Leonard writes CD booklet notes, articles, and occasionally books, in partnership with Pete Walker. You can read more about this here:


John Barry related Events or Concerts

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24 & 25 February, 2024
The James Bond Experience: Music Behind the Man
Cape Cod Symphony
Barnstable Performing Arts Center
Hyannis, Massachusetts
Website for more information

Q The Music 2024 concert dates

Q The Music are a world-renowned tribute to James Bond music, performing at the smallest intimate private events, to huge production concerts in the West End of London as well as theatres throughout the UK and abroad.

With configurations from a 5-piece band, 13-piece band (standard line-up) and even up to a full orchestra, this is the perfect way to bring 007 music to your event or occasion, and there is simply nobody who does it better.

*Q The music are not affiliated with EON, Danjaq, MGM or the james bond films.

q the music

12 May 2024 New Theatre, Peterborough

25 May 2024 St George’s Hall, Bradford

26 May 2024 Palace Theatre, Newark

27 May 2024 New Victoria Theatre, Woking

2 Jun 2024 Tyne Theatre and Opera House

25 Aug 2024 Buxton Opera House

1 Sep 2024 Queen’s Theatre, Barnstaple

22 Sep 2024 De La Warr Theatre, Bexhill

Geoff (owner) and Ruud (webmaster) have been running the John Barry website since June 18, 2001. This website is not endorsed by the composer's family.

John Barry - The Man With The Midas Touch, the definitive website
dedicated to Britain's foremost composer of film and TV music.