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RIP John Barry, James Bond Composer

John Barry, the film score composer best known for his work on the James Bond series, for which he composed eleven soundtracks, died in New York yesterday of a sudden heart attack. He was 77 years old.

Felllow Bond composer David Arnold writes in tribute:

It’s music that goes directly to your core. That’s why you hear it at weddings, funerals, birthday parties. John Barry’s work has affected us all – it’s been on the radio since the 60s, on adverts, on the films we watch with our families at Christmas. He gets to your home, he gets to your heart, he gets to your head.

He lived the life of a hundred men. Thank God we gave so much amazing music to remember him by. He was a real master, and he will go on influencing musicians for a long time. It’s a profoundly sad loss.

Below, a few Barry-composed Bond scores:

(via NME. title pic via Wikipedia)

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