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Singer-songwriter and songwriter Leslie Bricusse passed away at the age of 90.
The man behind the lyrics to James Bond songs Goldfinger and You Only Live Twice, as well as songs from classic family movies Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory and Doctor Dolittle, passed away Tuesday.
The sad news was confirmed by her friend Joan Collins, who called Leslie “one of the giant songwriters of our time.”
Bricusse had a prolific career and often collaborated with Collins’ ex-husband, Anthony Newley.
“Candyman writer Goldfinger among so many other hits, and my great friend Leslie Bricusse, sadly passed away today,” Collins wrote on social media. “He and his beautiful Evie have been in my life for over 50 years. I will miss him terribly, as will his many friends. “
Born in London, Bricusse and Newley teamed up to write the 1961 musical Stop the World I Want to Get Off and the 1971 film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
He also wrote many other musicals, including Scrooge, Hook, and Goodbye Mr Chips.
Bricusse won two Oscars for his work: his hit Doctor Dolittle Talk to the Animals won Best Original Song in 1968, and the Victor / Victoria music he wrote with Henry Mancini won Best Original Song Score in 1983.
He also won a Grammy Award in 1963 for the song What Kind of Fool Am I? from Stop the World I Want to Get Off, and organized his own music magazine in 2015, inspired by his beloved Willy Wonka song, Pure Imagination.
In his memoirs, Pure imagination: a biography of Sorta Leslie called himself “one of the luckiest people I know.”