It is with great sadness that we have heard that John Barry has passed away. He was 77 years old. He was a terrific composer and wrote the score music to many great films. I do feel however that he will always be associated with writing the music and theme songs for a number of the James Bond films. There is no doubt one of the greatest of these theme songs was ‘Goldfinger’ sung by Dame Shirley. She went on to record another two of the Bond film themes written by John, ‘Diamonds Are Forever’ and ‘Moonraker’. It is ‘Goldfinger’ which was recorded in 1964 that people so easily identify with James Bond. It turned Shirley into an international star.
John also wrote the spellbinding ‘My Love Has Two Faces’ which Shirley sang over the credits for the film ‘Deadfall’.
In 2009 Dame Shirley released her last album ‘The Performance’ which included all new songs especially written for her. It featured the song ‘Our Time Is Now’ with music written by John and lyrics by Don Black.
The world has lost a great composer and musician and I’m sure he will be sadly missed.
Dame Shirley Bassey said: “I was very sorry to hear of the death of my old friend John Barry, who was responsible for me singing the Bond songs Goldfinger, Diamonds Are Forever and Moonraker. He most recently wrote a song for my latest CD The Performance – it was a beautiful ballad, Our Time Is Now. The world has lost a most gifted man. My thoughts and my prayers are with his family”