'James Bond' composer John Barry dies

'James Bond' composer John Barry dies

The iconic British composer, who created the signature music for the James Bond series including 'From Russia With Love', 'Goldfinger' and 'You Only Live Twice', passed away this morning in New York, reported BBC.

The news broke on social networking site Twitter where his fellow composer David Arnold wrote, "It is with a heavy heart that I tell you that John Barry passed away this morning. I am profoundly saddened by the news but profoundly thankful for everything he did for music and for me personally."

Barry was also responsible for orchestration of the 'James Bond Theme', one of the most recognisable film theme tunes in history.

His work saw him win five Oscars, while he received a Bafta fellowship in 2005. He also received an Order Of The British Empire (OBE) in 1999 for his services to music.

Barry's association with the Bond films started with 'Dr No' in 1960 and continued until 1987's 'The Living Daylights'. His other compositions included hits like 'Born Free', 'The Lion in Winter', 'Out of Africa', 'Dances With Wolves', 'The Ipcress File', 'Body Heat' and 'The Cotton Club'. His most recent score was for 'Enigma' in 2001