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Veteran British theme composer Monty Norman, 94, dies, who worked for the James Bond films

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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London, United Kingdom: In yet another sad incident, Veteran musician Monty Norman died on Monday at the age of 94. Monty Norman was famous for creating the theme music for the ‘James Bond’ franchise. According to sources, the news of his death was shared on his own official website. A post was written on Norman’s website, which said, ‘It is with sadness that it is reported that Monty Norman passed away on July 11, 2022, battling an illness.’ Norman was born Monty Nocerovich on April 4, 1928, in East London to Jewish parents.

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He became a songwriter in the late 1950s. Before becoming a songwriter, Norman was a well-known band singer. Norman called ‘Dr. Wrote songs like ‘Under the Mango Tree’ including No. Apart from this, also wrote songs like ‘Kingston Calypso’ and ‘Jump Up’. However, his best-known composition remained the Bond theme, with the signature guitar-and-brass sound often attributed to John Barry.

On his death, James Bond’s official Twitter handle posted, ‘We are saddened to learn of the passing of Manty Norman today. Monty creates the theme song for 007, the world’s greatest secret agent, as he enters the cinema screen at the beginning of the film. We are forever grateful for their contributions to the franchise: Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli.

According to the website Deadline, Norman also sued The Sunday Times in 2001 over an article crediting Barry with the song, and he won that lawsuit. Norman is survived by his second wife Reena Cassari and a daughter.

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