James Bond theme composer Monty Norman dies aged 94
In unfortunate news, British composer Monty Norman died on July 11 at the age of 94. He was best known for writing the iconic theme music for the James Bond films. A statement posted on his official website said, “It is with sadness that we share the news that Monty Norman passed away on July 11, 2022 after a short illness (sic),” Variety reported.
Norman was born Monty Noserovitch in east London to Jewish parents on April 4, 1928. He notably composed the music for Dr. No, the 1962 James Bond film starring Sean Connery. His theme for James Bond, as arranged by fellow Englishman John Barry, became the theme for the entire franchise.
As Norman said on his site, “We recognized that we needed a fresh, contemporary sound for the main theme, and in promising young John Barry we found a wonderful arranger, so it all worked out very well. worked.”
However, controversy erupted decades later when Barry claimed authorship of the theme, leading Norman to sue The Times of London for libel over a 1997 story. He disputed Norman’s claim that he was the real composer. A High Court jury in London ruled in Norman’s favor in 2001, awarding him £30,000 plus court costs. Norman later said he felt vindicated by the decision.
Monty Norman began his singing career with major bands before turning to composing and writing songs for musicals and films, including Songbook and Poppy and Make Me An Offer, and for pop stars such as Cliff Richard.
He is survived by his second wife, Rina Caesari, and one daughter.