John Barry, the composer most associated with the James Bond film franchise, has passed away at age 77. He won five Academy Awards as a composer (Born Free and Dances With Wolves among them) and did uncredited work arranging Monty Norman’s James Bond theme, but he began officially putting his stamp on the films with From Russia With Love and Goldfinger.
Nine other Bond films followed. Barry’s scores also played across a wide range of styles and genres including The Ipcress File (1965) Body Heat (1981) and Oscar-winners The Lion in Winter (1968) and Out of Africa (1985).
His other Bond credits included 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.