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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one of my fave composers...his style was distinctive , you would know its immediately its his composition in other movies than Bond......pure genius!

Desispeed on Jan 31, 2011


I pledghe my condolenschesh at shuch a difficult time. God shave the Barry!

Sean Connery on Jan 31, 2011


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.

KingPellinore on Jan 31, 2011


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.

jjboldt on Jan 31, 2011


Beautiful work, one-and-all. Collectively, he is timeless. What a gift he left us. Thank you John Barry.

97point6 on Jan 31, 2011


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! 🙁

Spider on Feb 1, 2011


RIP 🙁 awesome work!

ozziememz on Feb 1, 2011


He was the king!! May he rest in peace.....

Garry Barzel on Feb 1, 2011


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.

Modern American Man on Feb 1, 2011


🙁 R.I.P

A5J4DX on Nov 13, 2018

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