London: John Barry, best known for composing music for 11 James Bond films, has died of a heart attack. He was 77.
The iconic British composer, who created the signature music for the James Bond series including `From Russia With Love`, `Goldfinger` and `You Only Live Twice`, passed away this morning in New York, reported a news channel.
The news broke on social networking site Twitter where his fellow composer David Arnold wrote, "It is with a heavy heart that I tell you that John Barry passed away this morning. I am profoundly saddened by the news but profoundly thankful for everything he did for music and for me personally."
Barry was also responsible for orchestration of the `James Bond Theme`, one of the most recognisable film theme tunes in history.
His work saw him win five Oscars, while he received a Bafta fellowship in 2005. He also received an Order Of The British Empire (OBE) in 1999 for his services to music.
Barry`s association with the Bond films started with `Dr No` in 1960 and continued until 1987`s `The Living Daylights`. His other compositions included hits like `Born Free`, `The Lion in Winter`, `Out of Africa`, `Dances With Wolves`, `The Ipcress File`, `Body Heat` and `The Cotton Club`. His most recent score was for `Enigma` in 2001.