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'The Spy Who Loved Me' composer Marvin Hamlisch dies aged 68

07-Aug-2012 • Bond News

Marvin Hamlisch, the composer and conductor best known for the torch song "The Way We Were," died Monday in Los Angeles, California. He was 68 years old.

Hamlisch collapsed after a brief illness, his family announced. In a career that spanned over four decades, Hamlisch won virtually every major award: three Oscars, four Grammys, four Emmys, a Tony, and three Golden Globes.

James Bond fans will remember him for his score to the 1977 adventure "The Spy Who Loved Me", including penning the title song "Nobody Does It Better" with his then-girlfriend Carole Bayer Sager. The song, performed by Singer Carly Simon, went on to be nominated for an Oscar in 1977 losing out to "You Light Up My Life."

Hamlisch composed music for more than 40 motion pictures, including his Oscar-winning score and song for "The Way We Were," and his adaptation of Scott Joplin's ragtime music for "The Sting" for which he received a third Oscar.

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