1 Feb 2011

Bond composer John Barry dies

8:58 pm on 1 February 2011

Composer John Barry, famous for his work on the James Bond films, has died of a heart attack at the age of 77.

Among his compositions were the soundtracks for the films Born Free and and Dances With Wolves.

Born John Barry Prendergast in 1933, the York-born musician first found fame as leader of the John Barry Seven, the BBC reports.

His work saw him win five Oscars, the BBC reports, while he received a Bafta fellowship in 2005.

His arrangement of Monty Norman's James Bond theme led to him composing scores for 11 films in the series, among them Goldfinger and You Only Live Twice.

His most recent film score featured in the 2001 war thriller Enigma, while a musical version of Brighton Rock, created with lyricist Don Black, had its London premiere in 2004.