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Monty Norman (born in London, UK on 4 April 1928) is a singer and film composer best known for composing the "James Bond Theme".

Norman wrote the music for the first James Bond movie Dr. No and the signature theme of the James Bond franchise. Norman has received royalties since 1962 for the theme, but it was arranged by John Barry after the producers were dissatisfied with Norman's arrangement. Barry claimed that he actually did write the theme; nevertheless, Norman won two libel actions against publishers for claiming that Barry was the composer, most recently against The Sunday Times in 2001.

In the made-for-DVD documentary Inside Dr. No, Norman performs a piece of music he wrote for the stage several years earlier entitled Bad Sign, Good Sign , that resembles the melody of the "James Bond Theme" in several places.

Norman admits to having collected around £485,000 in royalties between the years 1976 and 1999 for the use of the theme since Dr. No.


Videos

Monty Norman plays original Bond theme tune

Monty Norman plays original Bond theme tune

Monty Norman plays the original Bond theme, which he composed for Dr No in 1962.

Good Sign, Bad Sign - Monty Norman

Good Sign, Bad Sign - Monty Norman

The song from an abandoned 1950s musical which later became the basis for Monty Norman's James Bond Theme


The story of Monty Norman's creation of the James Bond Theme

The story of Monty Norman's creation of the James Bond Theme.

Gyles Brandreth relates the story behind Monty Norman's creation of the James Bond theme on BBC1's 'The One Show'.