Bond composer dies

John Leach, who added exotic instrumental effects to John Barry’s score for You Only Live Twice, has died at 82.

His supreme moment on film was the Hungarian cimbalom he played at the opening of The Ipcress File.

Obituary here.


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  • Spectacularly mis-leading headline, Norman. Leach was a fine contributor to some John Barry Bond scores, but describing him as a ‘Bond composer’ is just silly and, in fact, not true.

    Why not mention his work with Kodaly and Stravinsky as well?

    By the way, Leach died in May.

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