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    John Barry dies at 77; composer scored 11 James Bond films

    John Barry dies at 77; composer scored 11 James Bond filmsBarry won five Oscars for films such as 'Born Free' and 'Out of Africa' and scored Bond films including 'Goldfinger,' 'Diamonds Are Forever' and 'From Russia With Love.' His work on the Bond franchise put him in the forefront of music composers.

    John Barry, a five-time Academy Award-winning composer of movies such as "Born Free" and "Out of Africa" who earned a prominent spot in pop-culture history by writing the scores for 11 James Bond films, including "From Russia With Love" and "Goldfinger," has died. He was 77.

    Barry died Sunday in New York, where he reportedly had lived for some time, his family said in a statement. The cause of death was not released.

    Barry, whose theater work includes the musicals "Billy" and "Brighton Rock," was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1998. A year later, he was made an officer of the Order of the British Empire.

    Barry was divorced three times. Survivors include his wife of 33 years, Laurie, four children and five grandchildren.

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