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John Barry Dies, Aged 77 Print E-mail
Written by Ivan Radford   
Monday, 31 January 2011 10:13

John Barry has died, aged 77.

The legendary composer, best known for his plethora of Bond musical brilliance, has died of a heart attack in New York.

Born in 1933, Barry found fame with his band, the John Barry Seven, who had several hits. He then turned his hand to movies, which led to the arrangement of Monty Norman's music for the first James Bond film, Dr. No. This iconic theme prompted a run of 11 Bond film scores, including You Only Live Twice and, of course, Goldfinger.

His talents won him five Oscars across the board, from Born Free, which won Best Score and Best Song, to Dances with Wolves and Out of Africa. He also worked on classics such as Midnight Cowboy, The Ipcress File and, in 1962, The Amorous Prawn.

Barry was awarded an OBE in 1998, the same year as Robbie Williams' single Milennium, which included a segment of You Only Twice. He also won four Grammys, a BAFTA and a Golden Globe.

His last film score was in 2001 for Enigma, but here's a far more fitting tribute to the man's impeccable musical prowess: