The maestro reteamed with the maverick moviemaker for The Hateful Eight after recording music for Tarantino's last film Django Unchained, but Morricone admits the western was a little too bloody for him.

Speaking to the Daily Telegraph at an event at London’s Abbey Road Studios, the Italian legend said, "I have been impressed and even shocked by the violence of some of his sequences, but after giving a second thought to that I realised that yes, we are shocked by the horror of this violence but, if we think of the victims of this violence we realise that Tarantino's position is always on the side of the underclass.

"I thought he deserved something very special for what he had done."

Morricone had to clarify comments about Tarantino attributed to him following the release of Django Unchained in 2012, after he allegedly told a group of students at Rome's LUISS University that he did not care to work with Tarantino again, claiming he was unhappy with the use of his song Ancora Qui in the film and disliked the bloody scenes.

Morricone claimed his remarks, during a private lecture, were taken out of context.

A statement from the composer read: "What I read about my statements on Quentin Tarantino is a partial writing of my thoughts which has deprived the true meaning of what I said, isolating a part from the rest. In this way my statement sounds shocking, penalizing me and bothering me a lot.

"I have a great respect for Tarantino, as I have stated several times, I am glad he chooses my music, a sign of artistic brotherhood... Regarding Django, the thing is that I cannot see too much blood in a movie due to my character, is how I feel and impress me especially with a film that is made very well and where the blood is well shot (sic). But this has nothing to do with my respect for that Tarantino which remains great."