John Barry gets a posthumous credit in Ted

John Barry


John Barry, who defined music for James Bond movies, gets a posthumous credit in Ted, which was the No. 1 movie in the U.S. and Canada this weekend.

The R-rated comedy, directed by Seth MacFarlane, includes a rendition by star Mark Wahlberg of “All Time High,” the title song from Octopussy, the 13th 007 film produced by Eon Productions. As a result, Barry and lyricist Tim Rice get a credit in the long scroll of end titles. John Williams also gets a few credits for compositions he did for the Star Wars series and for Raiders of the Lost Ark.

If Barry, who passed away last year, been around to see Ted, he might have gritted his teeth a bit during Wahlberg’s performance.

More from the UK documentary on James Bond songs

A few days ago, we linked to some YouTube versions of a UK documentary on James Bond title songs. That posting drew a bit of traffic, so we thought we should do some more. First up, how John Barry and Tim Rice faced a daunting task to do a song for a movie titled Octopussy. The solution: do a title song that never once mentioned the film’s title. One problem: Rice was still writing lyrics up until recording was to begin.