One of the great film composers has passed. It was revealed last night that BAFTA and Oscar-winning composer John Barry died Saturday of a sudden heart attack in New York. He was 77. Mr. Barry contributed a great many memorable cinema scores, including those of many James Bond movies as well as for films as diverse as Midnight Cowboy, The Black Hole and Dances With Wolves. For many his Bond work is his greatest legacy, but I still regard the plaintive harmonica theme for Midnight Cowboy as one of the most effective movie themes I’ve ever heard. Read More »

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