Monty Norman (1928 – 2022)
Monty Norman has passed away at the age of 94. The legendary composer was responsible for creating the James Bond theme that introduced 007 to the big screen in Dr. No (1962). The theme arranged by John Barry has been used in every Bond film since.
“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,” said producers, Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli.
‘Underneath the Mango Tree’, also written by Norman, features in the famous Dr. No beach scene featuring Ursula Andress and is partially sung by Sean Connery to attract the attention of Honey Ryder (Andress’s character).
Monty Norman was a singer, composer, lyricist and writer with a string of hit stage shows, recordings, TV and film scores to his name.
However, 007 fans will remember the music of Monty Norman that accompanies so many brilliant Bond moments. Norman said on his website, “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 to.”