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James Bond theme music composer Monty Norman dead at 94



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Monty Norman, the composer who wrote the iconic theme for the James Bond films, has died. He was 94.

He died after a quick illness on Monday, his website confirmed.

“It’s with unhappiness we share the information that Monty Norman died on eleventh July 2022 after a brief sickness,” his website stated.

His theme was first used for 1962’s “Dr. No” and was repeatedly used all through the franchise. The music was composed alongside conductor John Barry.

The British lyricist began as a singer for giant bands within the Fifties and later composed songs for figures resembling Tommy Steele and Bob Hope.

He later journeyed to England’s West Finish and penned music in 1958 for the manufacturing “Irma La Douce.”

Different initiatives that Norman lent his abilities to incorporate the stage exhibits “Songbook” and “Poppy,” in addition to the movie scores for motion pictures like “The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll” (1960) and “The Day the Earth Caught Fireplace” (1961).

Norman, whose actual title was Monty Noserovitch, was born within the East Finish of London and was the son of Jewish Latvian immigrants.

Monty Norman
Monty Norman penned the James Bond theme for the 1962 movie “Dr. No.”

“We acknowledged we wanted a recent, modern sound for the primary theme, and within the up-and-coming younger John Barry we discovered a beautiful arranger, so the entire thing labored very properly,” Norman as soon as famous concerning the theme on his web site.

Nevertheless, issues went bitter when Barry alleged he owned the theme. Norman would later sue the Instances of London for libel over a 1997 story the place they argued Norman’s declare that he was the true composer.

Norman gained the case in 2001 and a London court docket awarded him £30,000.

Norman was married to actress Diana Coupland, who gave beginning to the couple’s daughter. Following their divorce, he later married his second spouse, Rina Caesari.