One of the more pleasant tunesmiths on the film scene since the 60s has passed on. MARVIN HAMLISCH won an Oscar for the title song to THE WAY WE WERE, and was nominated several other times for film songs and scores. His genre contributions were limited to stuff like the RETURN OF THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN AND THE BIONIC WOMAN, BANANAS, SPY WHO LOVED ME and the kiddie robot flick DARRYL.
While his reputation was made with lighter far such as ICE CASTLES and 3 MEN AND A BABY his Oscar nominated score to SOPHIE'S CHOICE showed his range. One of his last pieces, the offbeat score to Soderbergh's THE INFORMANT! was a love it or hate it composition, but it was inspired.
I've had Hamlisch's themes from THE SWIMMER running through my head all day. Amazing to think that this was his first feature film assignment and he was in very early 20s, barely out of music school. Gorgeous, moving music that can bring me to tears no matter how many times I hear it.
R.I.P. Very sad passing of this huge talent, 68 is no age these days anyway. Played the Bond song over and over endlessly having just seen that film back then, it was such a massive hit everywhere I just couldn't get it out of my head. And it still is a lovely tune indeed.