Monty Norman, Composer of Iconic James Bond Theme, Dies at 94

Monty Norman, the composer behind the iconic James Bond theme, has died at the age of 94.

A statement posted on his official website said, “It is with sadness we share the news that Monty Norman died on 11th July 2022 after a short illness.”

Norman most famously composed the score for “Dr. No,” the 1962 James Bond film starring Sean Connery. The instrumental would go on to become the theme for the entire franchise.

The original orchestrations for the theme were done by Burt Rhodes, but the producers felt it needed a fresher sound. Norman said on his site, “We recognized we needed a fresh, contemporary sound for the main theme, and in the up-and-coming young John Barry we found a wonderful arranger, so the whole thing worked very well.”

Norman, born in Stepney, East London, sang in big bands during the 1950s and 1960s. When Norman was 16 years old, his mother bought him a guitar, convincing the seller to reduce the price from £17 to £15.

He went on to appear on variety TV shows. His other credits included “So Who Needs Marriage?” and “Pinocchio” (1988).

Norman went on to win Evening Standard, Olivier and Ivor Novello best musical awards for “Songbook” in 1979 and 1981.

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