editor on Dr No, From Russia With Love, Goldfinger, Thunderball,
You Only Live Twice and Never Say Never Again
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As a schoolboy,
Norman's first taste of the film industry came after a visit to
Pinewood Studios, the experience left a lasting impression and from
then on he dreamed of working in the movies.
of National Service, he signed a 3 year contract with the J. Arthur
Rank Organisation as trainee film editor with his first assignment
For Joy starring Frankie Howerd. He later worked on Ill By
Moonlight with Dirk Bogarde. After a year with Rank,
he was promoted to first assistant soundtrack editor working on such
notable titles as A Night To Remember and Carve Her Name
later, Rank offered him a new contract but Norman instead decided to
leave to go freelance, becoming an assistant to Britain's leading
soundtrack editor, Winston Ryder, working on such major titles as John
Paul Jones, Solomon & Sheba and Sink The Bismark.
return to film editing, Norman approached Peter Hunt (editor of Sink
The Bismark) and asked to become his assistant. Together they
worked on There Was A Crooked Man, The Greengage Summer, On The
Fiddle, HMS Defiant and the very first James Bond film, Dr
The low budget for Dr No meant that the production could not afford
the two dubbing editors required for dialogue and sound-effects so
Norman was promoted to sound effects editor.
No, Norman continued working as Peter Hunt's sound editor on Call
Me Bwana, From Russia With Love, Goldfinger (for
which he received an Oscar), The Ipcress File, Thunderball and You
Only Live Twice.
parted company with Peter Hunt (who was given On Her Majesty's Secret
Service to direct) and went on to become dubbing editor on Farenheit
451 for the legendary director, Fracois Truffaut.
the singer Mike Sarne approached Norman to produce the soundtrack for
his low budget film Road To San Tropez. He produced a
track without payment and the favour was returned when Mike Sarne asked
him to edit his 'swinging sixties' film Joanna. The film was
slated by the critics but the trendy editing style received favourable
he was sent to Copenhagen to edit The Only Way starring Jane
Seymour which dealt with the escape of the Jews to Sweden in World
War II. He returned briefly to the role of sound editor for Sidney
Poitier's on Warm December and Stanley Kubrick's Barry
editing credits include Twinky starring Charles Bronson, WHO? with
Trevor Howard, Jerusalem File with Nicole Williamson and Neither
The Sea Nor The Sand with Susan Hampshire.
Eager to leave London
and raise his family in a more rural environment, he left the industry
in 1977 after writing and editing the bull-fighting documentary Rejoneador.
In 1983 he was recalled as sound editor on Sean
Connery's last outing as Bond in Never Say Never Again.
A founder member of the Guild of British Film Editors and he represented
Britain on the first Features Jury at the Cork Film Fesitval.