James Bond Composer Dies

“With great sadness, his family reveal his death on the 30th January, 2011.”

Sadly, James Bond composer John Barry has passed away, aged 77.

He suffered a fatal heart attack in New York and his family today announced they were making arrangements for his funeral which would be “strictly private.” However, a more public memorial will be held later this year.

His music included scores for films such as ‘The Ipcress File’, ‘Zulu’ and ‘Midnight Cowboy’, but he will undoubtedly be best remembered for his association with 007.

He won five Oscars and was nominated another two times – but never for his work on Bond, stangely enough.

His friends took to their twitter pages in the thousands to pay a tribute to the musical genius.

Singer and actor Michael Crawford paid tribute to a man he said had been “A close friend for many, many years.”

He said: “We first worked together in 1967 on Richard Lester’s award winning film ‘The Knack’ and later my first stage musical Billy in 1971 which ran for two years at Drury Lane.

He wrote some of the most memorable and beautiful film scores we could ever wish to hear.”

RIP John Barry.

By Emily Low

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