The great composer John Barry, most famous for his iconic scores for the Bond films, died yesterday aged 77 of a heart attack after having suffered from poor health for a long time. With 5 Oscar wins under his belt he’s one of cinema’s most popular and respected composers. Beyond the Bond franchise he crafted many other memorable scores including those for Born Free, Out of Africa, Midnight Cowboy and Dances With Wolves. Personally I’m a big fan of a number of his more cult-ish soundtracks such as his work on Black Hole and The Ipcress File.
His style was a great influence on pop music too, beyond the realm of the soundtrack with Trip Hop artists such as Portishead owing a great debt to Barry’s work. Later in his career he turned away from soundtracks (his final one being Enigma in 2001) and released a handful of his own albums as well as co-writing a musical based on Graham Greene’s Brighton Rock.
I for one will miss his work greatly.
You can read more on his life here.