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John Barry RIP

31/01/2011. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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Some very sad news hitting the desk of this morning. Composer John Barry has died. He was responsible for the sound tracks to such scifi classics as Black Hole, as well as the 1976 King Kong reboot and the Italian SF movie Starcrash, but will be best remembered for his work in the area of fantasy spy-fi, composing many of the greatest James Bond tracks.

His Bond hits include Dr. No, From Russia with Love, Goldfinger, Thunderball, You Only Live Twice, On Her Majesty's Secret Service (for which the themee tune was arguably the best thing), Diamonds Are Forever, The Man with the Golden Gun, Moonraker, Octopussy, A View to a Kill and The Living Daylights.

Other brilliant tracks of his include Zulu, The Quiller Memorandum, The Ipcress File, and the TV series The Persuaders.

Well, John, you may be dead, but will your music ever live on! Truly one of the great ones has passed.

Here's some of the best from his amazing body of work...

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