RIP: John Barry, composer of James Bond music

RIP: John Barry, composer of James Bond music

From Pop & Hiss:

John Barry, the Academy Award-winning film composer whose idiosyncratic and iconic compositions over the course of a lifetime in the movies — including some of the best known James Bond music and the themes to “Midnight Cowboy,” and “Out of Africa,” among dozens of others — died in New York on Sunday at age 77. The British-born composer not only helped define the feel of the Bond films but crafted music that served as a 1960s soundtrack to a new kind of jet-setting lifestyle. With his wildly adventurous arrangements and instrumentation, his music’s devil-may-care feel will forever be connected to fashionably mod cocktail lounges of the era.

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[Photo: Geoff Leonard]

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