James Bond composer John Barry has died aged 77

John Barry

John Barry

James Bond composer John Barry, also famous for his work on Born Free and Out of Africa, has passed away aged 77, in his home town of New York.

The composer, whose real name is John Barry Prendergast, started life leading the John Barry Seven, and secured the James Bond work for his unique arrangement of Mont Norman’s bond theme tune.

Barry went on to compose the scores for 11 Bond films, including You Only Live Twice and Goldfinger. The composer won 5 Oscars over his career, and a Bafta fellowship in 2005.

Also awarded an OBE for his services to music in 1999, scores of stars lined up to pay tribute to him.

Sir Tim Rice said, “Film seemed to bring out the very best in him. He was able to catch the mood of a scene or a whole film by the genius of orchestration with fairly conventional instruments”.

Current Bond composer David Arnold said on twitter, “I am profoundly saddened by the news but profoundly thankful for everything he did for music and for me personally,”

Barry added four Grammys to his five Oscars and will go down as one of the most decorated composers in history.

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