James Bond theme composer dies — Analysis
Monty Norman, a UK-based songwriter, died in April at the age of just 94
According to an official statement, Monty Norman, a British composer, has died at the age of 1994. He was most well-known for his iconic James Bond theme.
“After a short battle, Monty Norman passed away on the 11th of July 2022.,” the release read.
Norman, born Monty Noserovitch, was hired by producer Albert ‘Cubby’ Broccoli in 1962 to write a theme for ‘Dr. No’, the first James Bond film. His composition, which he’d originally written for a proposed musical adaptation of the VS Naipaul novel ‘A House for Mr. Biswas’, has been used in all 25 films featuring the fictional British super-spy.
Producers hired John Barry to arrange the Bond theme and use it in scores for nearly a dozen other Bond movies. Norman filed a lawsuit against the Sunday Times newspaper because Barry’s name was wrongly listed in a 1997 Sunday Times article. Norman won the lawsuit in 2002, receiving £30,000 ($35,710) in damages.
Norman also wrote songs for stage musicals, including ‘Expresso Bongo’, ‘Make Me an Offer’, ‘Poppy’, and ‘Songbook,’ and composed the score for the 1963 Bob Hope comedy ‘Call Me Bwana’. He even received an Olivier Award and Evening Standard Award in 1979 for his work on ‘Songbook’. He acknowledged, however, that Bond would always outweigh any other achievements in a recent commentary.
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“Well, I hope when the time comes people will remember that I’ve done quite a few things, but the fact that James Bond is so iconic in everybody’s mind – you can’t argue with that and nor would I want toNorman said,
Rina Caesari (his second wife) and his son, his daughter, are the survivors of the late composer.
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