Composer of the James Bond theme and the Dr. No soundtrack
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In the 1950s and early 1960s, Monty Norman was a singer for big bands such as those of Cyril Stapleton, Stanley Black, Ted Heath, and Nat Temple. He also sang in various variety shows, sharing top billing with other singers and comedy stars such as Benny Hill, Harry Secombe, Peter Sellers, Spike Milligan, Harry Worth, Tommy Cooper, Jimmy James, Tony Hancock, Jimmy Edwards, and Max Miller. One of his songs, "False Hearted Lover", was successful internationally.
From the late 1950s, he moved from singing to composing, including songs for performers such as Cliff Richard, Tommy Steele, Count Basie and Bob Hope, and lyrics for musicals and (subsequently) films.
After working on a shelved West End musical for producer Harry Saltzman, Monty was invited to score the first James Bond film, Dr. No, including "The James Bond Theme", the signature theme of the franchise which John Barry arranged. The theme was based on a music piece which Monty wrote for the stage several years earlier entitled "Bad Sign, Good Sign".
Monty Norman Filmography