May 30, 2017

Oscar-winning composer John Barry, of James Bond fame, passes away

By Sean O’Connell John Barry, an Oscar-winning composer best known for his work on 11 James Bond adventures, passed away Sunday at his home in New York.

“It is with great sadness that the family of composer John Barry announce his passing on the 30th of January 2011 in New York,” the statement read.

Barry’s last Oscar nomination came in 1993 for his collaboration on “Chaplin” with Sir Richard Attenborough. Prior to that, Barry had collected five Oscar statuettes for composing the soundtracks to “Midnight Cowboy,” “Dances With Wolves,” “Out of Africa,” “The Lion in Winter” and “Born Free.”

But Barry’s most notable contributions came to the 007 franchise, where he scored early Sean Connery classics like “From Russia, With Love,” “Goldfinger” and “Thunderball.” He stayed with the franchise through 1987’s “The Living Daylights.”

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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  • January 31, 2011 | Permalink |

    He was a great composer and he will be greatly missed and forever remembered for his many awesome film scores. Some of my favorite pieces from him are “Dances with Wolves”, “Out of Africa”, and “Somewhere in Time”. He wrote music that both touched and thrilled us. What a talented man.

  • January 31, 2011 | Permalink |

    “His sound style will love forever”
    The melody for “You Only Live Twice” is one of my favorite things ever

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