Composer John Barry, a five-time Oscar winner who created the legendary theme song for the James Bond movies, passed away at age 77. While a cause of death wasn't officially given, the BBC reports that he surrendered to a heart attack. Here is a brief statement issued by John Barry's family to EON Productions, the company behind all the James Bond movies:
"It is with great sadness that the family of composer John Barry announce his passing on January 30, 2011 in New York. Mr. Barry is survived by his wife Laurie of 33 years and his four children and five grandchildren."
John Barry formed the John Barry Seven in the 1950s along with guitarist Vic Flick. After the group composed the score for the TV series Beat Girl in 1960 for singer/actor Adam Faith, EON Productions took notice and hired John Barry to compose the score for their first James Bond movie, Dr. No. Vic Flick performed the iconic guitar riffs on the legendary theme.
John Barry won his first two Oscars in 1966 for Best Original Score and Best Original Song for Born Free and picked up a Best Original Score Oscar for the 1968 movie The Lion in Winter. He also won Best Original Score Oscars for the 1985 classic Out of Africa and for the 1990 Best Picture winner Dances with Wolves.