James Bond theme music composer Monty Norman dies at 94

Monty Norman, the composer who wrote the iconic theme to the James Bond movies, has died. He was 94 years old.

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

“It is with sadness that we share the news that Monty Norman passed away on July 11, 2022 after a short illness,” his site said.

Its theme was first used in 1962’s “Dr. No” and has been used continuously throughout the franchise. The music was composed alongside bandleader John Barry.

The British lyricist started out as a singer for big bands in the 1950s and went on to compose songs for the likes of Tommy Steele and Bob Hope.

Later he traveled to the English West End and wrote music in 1958 for the ‘Irma La Douce’ production.

Other projects Norman lent his talents to include the stage shows “Songbook” and “Poppy,” as well as film scores for films like “The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll” (1960) and “The Day the Earth Caught Fire” (1961).

Norman, real name Monty Noserovitch, was born in the East End of London and was the son of Latvian Jewish immigrants.

Monty Norman wrote the James Bond theme for the 1962 film “Dr. No.”

“We recognized that 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 it all worked out really well,” Norman noted of the theme. on its website. .

However, things went awry when Barry alleged that he owned the theme. Norman would later sue The Times of London for libel over a 1997 story where they supported Norman’s claim that he was the real composer.

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

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

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