James Bond Composer John Barry Dies, Aged 77

The BBC report that legendary, five time Oscar winning composer John Barry has passed away, aged 77. His heart gave out on him. His name is of course synonymous with the iconic, main James Bond theme which he orchestrated in the early 60's and although he lost a lawsuit that says he didn't write it to fellow composer Monty Norman, he always claimed he should have sole authorship of possibly the most famous film music of all time; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMXxG9A1nzE All in all he composed 11 Bond films including From Russia With Love, Goldfinger and You Only Live Twice and his sound was so fundamental in the shaping of the tone of the character and his universe. I love in particular his From Russia With Love score which if you've ever played whilst driving, will fuel your imagination into thinking you are driving an Austin Martin in a high-speed chase from some SPECTRE agents. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-5f8IWXCTI Barry also composed Midnight Run, Born Free, Out Of Africa and many others. Here's a selection of his music;

Goldfinger

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vg6wj0KXfMk

On Her Majesty's Secret Service

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5OCxwZI7YA

You Only Live Twice

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L4pOs2ZPGqw

Born Free (Oscar Winning)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MhGeH07lo5M

The Lion in the Winter (Oscar Winning)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jde-NT7vfn0

Out of Africa (Oscar Winning)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X438QOR7gYU

Dances With Wolves (Oscar Winning)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJW7WPhKPsg

Chaplin (Oscar Nominated)

* I had forgotten how good this music was* http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8Iq_DmelqA

Midnight Cowboy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGORPUzLxtU

Somewhere In Time

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rf8C_fkEXqQ

Enigma

*His final score, ten years ago* http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVfx8j1fuYs
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Matt Holmes is the co-founder of What Culture, formerly known as Obsessed With Film. He has been blogging about pop culture and entertainment since 2006 and has written over 10,000 articles.