Composed the music for "The Legend Of The Seven Golden Vampires," his last film before his twenty-year semi-retirement.
Landed his first job in film when the original composer for "The Quatermass Xperiment" became ill and Hammer Film Productions offered the job to Bernard.
Was comissioned to compose his first piece for radio, providing music for the BBC Radio play production of "The Death of Hector."
Collaborated with his companion Paul Dein on the screenplay for "Seven Days to Noon," eventually winning an Academy Award for the script.
Was born in India because his father, a British army officer, was stationed there defending the Khyber Pass. He relocated to Gloucestershire, England as a small child.
Met composer Benjamin Britten as a teenager, and received encouragement from him on his own musical endeavors. He later served as a page-turner for Britten during his concerts.
Served in the Royal Air Force from 1943 to 1946, and assisted minorly to the efforts surrounding the Enigma code breaking machine.