John Barry, the composer behind the legendary James Bond theme and a five-time Academy Award winner, passed away Sunday, January 30th in New York after suffering a heart attack, the BBC reports. Barry was 77. Along with John Williams and Bernard Herrmann, Barry was part of a rare breed of composers whose influence bled into contemporary music and an even rarer breed of film composers that even casual music and cinema fans knew by name.
Although best known for his work on the Bond series' music and the "James Bond Theme" -- Barry was the Bond composer from 1963's "Dr. No" to 1987's "The Living Daylights -- Barry never won an Academy Award for his Bond work, instead winning a total of five Oscars for composing the scores to "Dances With Wolves," "Born Free," "The Lion in Winter," and "Out of Africa." Barry also won a number of Grammy Awards in the Best Score Soundtrack Album and Best Instrumental Composition categories, including a victory in 1970 for the theme from "Midnight Cowboy,"Read More »from James Bond Theme Composer John Barry Dead at 77