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Monty Norman is dead. The British film music composer was 94 years old

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Monty Norman is dead. The British film music composer was best known as the author of the theme for James Bond films. He also created the soundtrack to the first film in the series – “Dr. No”. He was 94 years old.

“We sadly share the news that Monty Norman died on July 11, 2022 after a brief illness,” his family said in a statement posted on the composer’s website.

Created the soundtrack to “Dr No”

Norman began his music career in the 1950s as a singer in several big bands, but at the end of the decade switched from singing to composing. He created songs incl. for Cliff Richard and Britain’s first rock’n’roll star, Tommy Steele, and for musicals. It was because of Norman’s musical successes that producers Harry Saltzman and Albert Broccoli approached him with a proposal to create a soundtrack for “Dr No”.

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It was she, and especially the theme that was used in all 24 of the next films in the series, that brought Norman the greatest fame. Interestingly, Saltzman and Broccoli were not at all happy with the original version of the theme and asked John Barry, who later made the soundtracks for the Bond 11 movies, to rearrange it. As a result, Barry has repeatedly been mistakenly attributed the authorship of the theme as well.

“Dr. No” was the only film in the series to which Norman composed the music. After him, he returned to the musicals. In 1982, he received the most important London theater award, the Laurence Olivier Award, for the best new musical for “Poppy”.

Monty Norman was 94 years old.

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