James Bond and Willy Wonka songwriter Leslie Bricus has died at the age of 90.
Bricus’ friend Dame Joan Collins confirms songwriter’s death instagram Post on Tuesday.
“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,” wrote Collins on his IG paying tribute to Bricus .
“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 #rip #ripmusicman #riplesliebricusse @leslieleslie1976.”
Born in Pinner, Middlesex, EnglandBricus partnered with Anthony Newley as the two wrote the 1961 musical Stop the World I Want to Get Off and the 1971 film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
Renowned songwriter also known for writing music and lyrics for the films Dr. Dolittle, Goodbye, Mr. Chips, Scrooge and Tom and Jerry: The Movie.
The songwriter won two Oscars for his work in Talk to the Animals and Victor/Victoria.
In 1963, he and Newly co-wrote What Kind of Fool Am I? Won a Grammy Award for his work in the song. Musical Stop The World I Want To Get Off.
Bricus is the recipient of eight Academy Awards, dating back to the first award he won for an original musical score in Doctor Dolittle in 1967.
“The Oscars are fantastic. It would be a better place if the whole world was run by the Oscars committee,” she said in 2015 About to win your Academy Award.
“I have nothing but praise for him. I’m playing equal – I have 10 nominations and two wins. So if you believe you win one out of five, I’m on par.”
Bricus is survived by his wife, actress Yvonne Romain and their son Adam.