Monty Norman, composer of the James Bond theme, has died

Composer Monty Norman has died aged 94. Although this name does not mean anything to you, his work could remain engraved in your head all day long. Norman wrote one of the most iconic theme songs of all time, the James Bond theme. Born in 1928 in London, Norman began playing music on the guitar. He played with big bands and even performed in acts with comedian Benny Hill before he started writing songs. These early tracks included songs recorded by Tommy Steele and Cliff Richard. Norman eventually started writing for musicals, which brings us to Bond. Norman had been hired to write a musical adaptation of “A House for Mr. Biswas”, and had a track there that was played on a sitar. In 1962, a man named Albert R. “Cubby” Broccoli asked him to write a song for what would be the first Bond movie, at least the first of the Bond movies we all know. Norman took the song from the sitar and moved it to twangy, reverb-infused guitar and submitted it to Broccoli. It may be apocryphal, but word was broccoli hated it, to begin with. They handed over the melody for the addition of the orchestration. After that, it was movie magic. Since then, the theme has appeared in all 25 official Bond films. Exceptions were the first “Casino Royale“, featuring David Niven and a comedy, and “Never Say Never Again”, which was not produced by the Broccoli family. Norman had to fight for his song. After Broccoli handed the theme to composer John Barry to add the orchestral score, most believed Barry had written it. Norman sued the courts, suing a British tabloid for defamation when they said Barry had written the song. Norman won in 2001 and received 30,000 pounds.

Composer Monty Norman has died aged 94.

Although this name does not mean anything to you, his work could remain engraved in your head all day long. Norman wrote one of the most iconic theme songs of all time, the James Bond theme.

Born in 1928 in London, Norman began playing music on the guitar. He played with big bands and even performed in acts with comedian Benny Hill before he started writing songs. These early tracks included songs recorded by Tommy Steele and Cliff Richard.

Norman eventually started writing for musicals, which brings us to Bond.

Norman had been hired to write for a musical adaptation of “A House for Mr. Biswas”, and there was a piece that was played on a sitar.

In 1962, a man named Albert R. “Cubby” Broccoli asked him to write a song for what would be the first Bond movie, at least the first of the Bond movies we all know. Norman took the song from the sitar and moved it to twangy, reverb-infused guitar and submitted it to Broccoli.

It may be apocryphal, but word was broccoli hated it, to begin with. They handed over the melody for the addition of the orchestration. After that, it was movie magic.

Since then, the theme has appeared in all 25 official Bond films. Exceptions were the first “Casino Royale“, featuring David Niven and a comedy, and “Never Say Never Again”, which was not produced by the Broccoli family.

Norman had to fight for his song. After Broccoli handed the theme to composer John Barry to add the orchestral score, most believed Barry had written it. Norman sued the courts, suing a British tabloid for defamation when they said Barry had written the song. Norman won in 2001 and received 30,000 pounds.