James Bond Films' Composer John Barry Has Passed Away at 77

January 31, 2011
Source: Reuters

John Barry

The action of Agent 007 on Her Majesty's Secret Service would never have been so thrilling if it wasn't for that sultry, signature theme music. Sadly, Reuters reports composer John Barry, the man behind the sexy orchestral arrangements that charged up many adventures with James Bond, has just passed away. EON Productions, the company behind James Bond released a statement this morning saying, "It is with great sadness that the family of composer John Barry announce his passing on January 30 in New York." Though no official cause of death was provided, apparently the legendary music man suffered a fatal heart attack.

Along with being somewhat responsible for the now famous James Bond theme (which began with Dr. No), Barry was also responsible for music on the 007 films Goldfinger, From Russia with Love, Thunderball, You Only Live Twice, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Diamonds are Forever, The Man with the Golden Gun, Moonraker, Octopussy, A View to a Kill and The Living Daylights. There aren't many Bond films you can watch without hearing Barry's great music.

In addition to his extensive work on the James Bond franchise, Barry also received praise and awards for scoring films like Born Free, Out of Africa and Kevin Costner's Dances with Wolves. Other impressive work includes his work on Midnight Cowboy, Francis Ford Coppola's The Cotton Club and Richard Attenborough's Chaplin. Unfortunately, Barry hadn't composed anything since 2001, but his music and legacy will live on in film. Rest in peace, sir.

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  • Desispeed
    one of my fave composers...his style was distinctive , you would know its immediately its his composition in other movies than Bond......pure genius!
  • Sean Connery
    I pledghe my condolenschesh at shuch a difficult time. God shave the Barry!
  • KingPellinore
    No offense, but Monty Norman composed the theme to James Bond. John Barry was the composer for most of the Bond films after Dr. No.
  • jjboldt
    I hear John Barry and it immediately makes me think of Dances With Wolves. That was clearly his best work. It helped defien that movie as much as anything else. If you don't own taht soudntrack, check it out. The music for the buffalo hunt is fantastic.
  • 97point6
    Beautiful work, one-and-all. Collectively, he is timeless. What a gift he left us. Thank you John Barry.
  • Spider
    I extend my deepest condolences to Mr. Barry's family! Another legend has left us! Thank you for your legacy, Mr.Barry! Rest in peace! :(
  • RIP :( awesome work!
  • He was the king!! May he rest in peace.....
  • John Barry was incredible. I still listen to the Dances with Wolves compositions to this day. He also scored Indecent Proposal, which wasn't a great film, but a great score.




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