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Composer John Barry has died aged 77

Composer John Barry has died of a heart attack in New York. He was 77 years old.

The Oscar-winner is perhaps best remembered for his association with the James Bond series, working on the Dr No score with Monty Norman, before going on to provide the music for 11 further Bond films, including From Russia With Love and Goldfinger .

Some of his best-known scores outside of the Bond franchise include Zulu , Midnight Cowboy , The Lion in Winter , Born Free , Out of Africa and Dances with Wolves .

Throughout his career, Barry took home five Oscars, and was honoured with a Bafta fellowship in 2005. He was awarded an OBE in 1999 for services to music.

David Arnold, who is the current Bond composer, reacted to the news via Twitter: "I am profoundly saddened by the news but profoundly thankful for everything he did for music and for me personally."

Barry is survived by his wife Laurie, his four children and five grandchildren. Our sympathies go out to them today.