John Barry gets the in-depth VF (online) treatment. It’s four pages, covering Bond, his Oscar-winning Out of Africa score, and his childhood.

His father owned a chain of movie theaters in York, and Barry, who was born John Barry Prendergast in 1933, grew up going to the movies every Saturday afternoon; he’d go again during the week if the picture was worth seeing twice. At some point, for some reason, he began taking notes. “I had no idea that I wanted to be [in show business],” he says. “It was just something that amused me. I’d make notes about things that got to me, that made me laugh or cry, or just something that struck me. But the music, I discovered, was a major factor in that sense.”