RIP: John Barry (Dances With Wolves, James Bond)

Movie News | By on Jan 31st, 2011

Film composer John Barry has passed away at the age of 77; he died Sunday in New York of a heart attack. Barry has won 5 Oscars in the past, and known for his brilliant score work for Dances With Wolves, various James Bond movies, Born Free, Lion In Winter, Out Of Africa, Mary Queen of Scots, Cry The Beloved Country, and Midnight Cowboy. His Dances With Wolves score is by far one of my favorite scores and I really consider that one a masterpiece. It’s flawless. John Barry and his music will be missed! Time to put on the Dances With Wolves score….

LONDON — Composer John Barry, who won five Oscars for his film work but was best known for his contributions to a dozen James Bond movies, has died. He was 77.

Barry died in New York on Sunday, his family said.

The English-born composer won two Oscars, for the score and the song, for “Born Free” in 1966, and he earned single statuettes for “The Lion in Winter” (1968), “Out of Africa” (1985) and “Dances with Wolves” (1990).

He was also nominated for his scores for “Mary, Queen of Scots” in 1971 and “Chaplin” in 1992.

His association with Agent 007 began controversially with “Dr. No” in 1962, although his contribution was not credited. He wrote music for a dozen Bond films in all.
[NY Post]

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