James Bond theme composer Monty Norman dies aged 94
James Bond wouldn’t be James Bond without the killer theme song. We take a moment to thank the man, who gave us one of the best spy themes ever.
British composer Monty Norman (born Monty Noserovitch to Jewish parents in the East End of London in 1928), musical fate was sealed when he received his first guitar at the age of 16.
The composer’s fate was further sealed when Norman was hired to compose the theme for the first James Bond film “Dr No” in 1962. Norman went on to a prolific career, performing with major bands and in a variety double act with British comedian Benny Hill, before writing musicals and hitting songs for Cliff Richard and Tommy Steele.
Hired by iconic producer Albert Broccoli to compose a theme for the first James Bond film, Dr. No, Norman was inspired by a piece he had previously written for a proposed musical adaptation of “A House for Mr. Biswas” by VS Naipaul, swapping the key riff from sitar to electric guitar. The result was used in all 25 Bond films.
A statement posted on Norman’s official website on Monday shared: “It is with sadness that we announce the news that Monty Norman passed away on July 11, 2022 after a short illness.”
We take our hat off to you sir. Rest in peace.
“We are saddened to learn of the passing of Monty Norman today. Monty created the iconic anthem to accompany the cinematic entrance of the world’s greatest secret agent, 007, and we are eternally grateful for his contribution to the franchise” Michael G. Wilson & Barbara Broccoli pic.twitter.com/R2IYZMYSac
—James Bond (@007) July 11, 2022