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‘Goldfinger’ Songwriter Leslie Bricusse Dies Aged 90

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Leslie Bricusse, the hit film songwriter behind tracks like Pure Imagination and Candyman, has passed away at the age of 90.

Confirming the news on Instagram was his close friend, Dame Joan Collins.

“One of the giant songwriters of our time, writer of Candyman, Goldfinger amongst so many other hits, and my great friend Leslie Bricusse has sadly died today,” wrote Collins. “He and his beautiful Evie have been in my life for over 50 years. I will miss him terribly, as will his many friends.”

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According to Sky, Bricusse’s agent confirmed he had passed away in his sleep in Saint-Paul-de-Vence, France on Tuesday morning.

His work, which dates back to the 1960s, included the Goldfinger theme song, What Kind of Fool Am I? from Stop The World I Want To Get Off, the scores for Victor/Victoria and Scrooge, and Talk to the Animals from Doctor Dolittle. Much of his work was created with his long-time collaborator Anthony Newley, with whom he wrote the lyrics for Feeling Good.

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Tributes to Bricusse have poured in over Twitter.

“Shocked & saddened by the news that the brilliant & wonderful Leslie Bricusse has died,” wrote Elaine Paige. “We’ve been friends for many years. My heart & prayers are with Evie & his family tonight.”

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“My heart is aching today because one of the loves of my life is gone,” said Nancy Sinatra.

“A fond farewell to my friend and legendary songwriter Leslie Bricusse,” wrote David Walliams.

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