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Oscar-winning composer John Barry dies at 77



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Sad news from the Associated Press: Five-time Oscar-winning composer John Barry, who wrote music for a dozen James Bond films, including Octopussy and A View To A Kill and developed the twanging guitar riff in the suave spy's theme music, has died. He was 77.

Barry died in New York, where he had lived for some time, on Sunday, his family said. The family did not release the cause of death, though it's believed to be a heart attack.

He won two Oscars for Born Free in 1966, for best score and best song. He also earned statuettes for the scores to The Lion in Winter (1968), Out of Africa (1985) and Dances with Wolves (1990).

A number of stars have spoken out to honor the late Brit, including Duran Duran's Simon Le Bon, who co-wrote the track A View To A Kill with Barry, earning them a Golden Globe nomination.

"I would say he had a very, very full life. I mean, when we met him, he was really enjoying himself," Le Bon said on the band's official website. "The music is an important part of any film, and when you've got something as recognisable as the Bond themes, but also the kind of music which was in them, it was so important in making the film work."

Barry's contributions to the '80s are long and distingushed. Here's a list of TV and music projects he worked on:

  • 1988: Masquerade
  • 1987: The Living Daylights
  • 1986: Peggy Sue Got Married
  • 1986: Howard the Duck
  • 1986: A Killing Affair
  • 1985: Out of Africa
  • 1985: Jagged Edge
  • 1985: A View to a Kill
  • 1984: The Cotton Club
  • 1984: Until September
  • 1984: Mike's Murder
  • 1983: The Golden Seal
  • 1983: Octopussy
  • 1983; High Road to China
  • 1982: Murder by Phone
  • 1982; Frances
  • 1982: Hammett
  • 1981: Body Heat
  • 1981: The Legend of the Lone Ranger
  • 1980: Inside Moves
  • 1980: Touched by Love
  • 1980: Somewhere in Time
  • 1980: Raise the Titanic

[Last modified: Monday, January 31, 2011 9:46am]


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