Legendary James Bond composer John Barry died today from a heart attack. He was 77. Barry was instrumental in giving James Bond his iconic sound mainly beginning with From Russia with Love in 1963 though Barry also contributed to Dr. No including an unknown amount of work on the “James Bond Theme” which Barry has claimed at least partial ownership of in a number of public interviews (note: Monty Norman received sole credit for the “James Bond Theme”).
Barry worked on 12 James Bond films in all, performing, composing and or writing the main themes:
- Dr. No (1962)
- From Russia with Love (1963)
- Goldfinger (1964)
- Thunderball (1965)
- You Only Live Twice (1967)
- On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969)
- Diamonds Are Forever (1971)
- The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)
- Moonraker (1979)
- Octopussy (1983)
- A View to a Kill (1985)
- The Living Daylights (1987)
Over the years Barry racked up seven Academy Award nominations and won five for his work on the films Dances with Wolves, Out of Africa, and Born Free. Barry also won four Grammy Awards, two BAFTAs, and one Golden Globe in addition to several other nominations.