‘James Bond’ and ‘Willy Wonka’ songwriter Leslie Bricusse dies aged 90

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songwriter Leslie Bricus, best known for his work Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and many more James Bond Subjects are dead.

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The composer, who won multiple Oscars for his work in film and theatre, has died at the age of 90. The news was confirmed by her friend, actor Joan Collins on Instagram.

“One of the giant songwriters of our time, the author of #candyman #goldfinger, among many other hits, and my great friend Leslie Bricus has sadly passed away today,” Collins wrote last night (October 19).

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“She and her beautiful Evie have been in my life for over 50 years. I will miss her dearly, as will many of her friends.”

Carol Baer Seger also shared her condolences on Collins’ post, writing: “Very sad. A wonderful person, friend and a great songwriter. a good friend. Condolences to Avi and family. May that RIP. “

Bricus won his first Oscar for Best Original Song for his work in 1968 doctor dolittle, followed by another win in 1982 for Best Adaptation and Original Song Score Victor / Victoria.

Songwriter Creates ‘Pure Imagination’ for Mel Stuart Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and wrote two James Bond themes for gold Finger And you only Live Twice.

Throughout his career, Bricus frequently worked with Anthony Newley as his songwriting partner. the pair collaborated Willy Wonka, as well as music Grease paint roar – the smell of the crowd.

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For that project, she wrote “Feeling Good,” which was recorded by Nina Simone for “I Put a Spell on You” in 1965, before being covered by several other artists in subsequent decades.

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