John Barry Prendergast, OBE (3 November 1933 ? 30 January 2011)was an English film score composer. He is best known for composing award-winning film scores, plus 11 James Bond soundtracks which were hugely influential on the musical style of the 007 series, along with the general feeling of the films.
In a career spanning almost 50 years, Barry received numerous awards for his work, including five Academy Awards; two for Born Free, and one each for The Lion in Winter (for which he also won a BAFTA Award), Out of Africa and Dances with Wolves (for which he also won a Grammy Award) and Somewhere in Time (1980) (Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Original Score ? Motion Picture).
Barry spent his early years in cinemas, as his father owned a chain of movie theaters. Noting how music affected the films in cinemas, his later film scores set the mood in many films, including Body Heat, Midnight Cowboy, King Kong (1976), The Deep, The Black Hole, High Road to China, and The Cotton Club (1984). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Barry_(composer)