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James Bond theme composer Monty Norman dies, aged 94

Composer Monty Norman, who was most famous for writing the iconic James Bond theme, has died at the age of 94.

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The news was confirmed in a short statement on the composer’s website, which reads: “It is with sadness we share the news that Monty Norman died on 11th July 2022 after a short illness.”

Norman’s theme was first heard in 1962 when it was included on the soundtrack to Dr No, Bond’s big-screen debut, and has been in use ever since.

Norman later revealed that the theme is actually an adaptation of a previous composition, Bad Sign, Good Sign (opens in new tab), which was written for a stage musical that never saw the light of day.

Born in 1928 in the East End of London, Norman had earlier been a singer in a variety of big bands and penned songs for the likes of Cliff Richard, Tommy Steele, Count Basie and Bob Hope. 

He also wrote a number of musicals that did make it into production, winning an Ivor Novello Award for Songbook, which debuted in 1979.

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