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John Barry passes away, says David Arnold via twitter

31-Jan-2011 • Bond News

The news is yet to reach the major websites and press outfits but according to @DavidGArnold (James Bond composer, Mr David Arnold) on twitter, the 11 time James Bond composer, John Barry has passed away.

The composer of Bond scores since "Tomorrow Never Dies" tweeted the following early this morning (UK time): "it was with a heavy heart that i tell you John Barry passed away this morning."

Arnold went on to say "I am profoundly saddened by the news but profoundly thankful for everything he did for music and for me personally."

The young Barry trained as a classical pianist before developing an interest in jazz and deciding he wished to learn to play the trumpet. Together with six cohorts Barry found fame as the leader of the John Barry 7. The group was later joined by Vic Flick, the guitarist who would play the famous 007 riff, 49 year ago, in 1962.

"I got a phone call from Harry," recalled Barry in a 2006 article in the Telegraph. "He never used to come down to the recording sessions, and he says: 'John, that is the worst f***ing song I ever heard in my life. We open in three weeks' time, otherwise I'd take that f***ing song out of the picture. I'd take it out! Out!'"

Barry was also responsible for several famed musical scores, including the films: "Born Free", "Out of Africa", "The Ipcress File" and "Zulu".

Click here to view John Barry's complete crew profile at MI6.

Thanks to `nnif` for the alert.

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