31 Jan '11, 11am

Oscar-winning composer John Barry, who wrote the scores for numerous Bond films, has died at the age of 77.

LONDON - OSCAR-WINNING composer John Barry, who wrote the scores for 'Out of Africa' and numerous Bond films including 'Goldfinger", has died at the age of 77, his family said on Monday. He died on Sunday in New York, reportedly of a heart attack, and leaves behind his wife of 33 years, Laurie, four children and five grandchildren. Barry was best known for his association with the James Bond films - he scored 11 films including 'Goldfinger' and 'You Only Live Twice' - and his atmospheric scores are credited with giving 007 much of his smooth persona. 'I think James Bond would have been far less cool without John Barry holding his hand,' said David Arnold, his successor as the 007 score composer, describing his death as a 'profound loss'. Although Barry did not compose the distinctive theme tune to the Bond films - that was the work of Monty Norman - he provided the arrange...

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