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THE legendary composer behind the James Bond theme tune has died at the age of 94.

Monty Norman’s tragic death was confirmed today following ashort illness”.

Legend Monty Norman has died at the age of 94

Legend Monty Norman has died at the age of 94Crédito: comprobar los derechos de autor

A statement on his official website, dicho: “It is with sadness we share the news that Monty Norman died on 11th July 2022 after a short illness.

Norman was born Monty Noserovitch in Stepney, El este de Londres, to Jewish parents and was evacuated from London during the early days of the Blitz.

Aged 16, his mum bought him a guitar, having knocked the seller’s price down from £17 to £15, and he soon found the music of the Beatles and Eric Clapton.

In the 1950s and early 1960s, he served as a singer for big bands including those led by Cyril Stapleton, Ted Heath and Nat Temple, and appeared on variety show line-ups alongside comedy acts including Tony Hancock and Spike Milligan.

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He and funnyman Benny Hill later took a joint variety show on the road, taking turns in the headline slot based on whether the town they were in preferred comedy or music.

Transitioning into composing, he wrote songs for Sir Cliff Richard and early rock and roller Sir Tommy Steele, and lyrics for musicals.

He worked on the stage shows Make Me An Offer and Expresso Bongo, often regarded as the first rock and roll musical.

But Norman is best known for scoring the first James Bond film, 1962’s Dr No starring starring Sir Sean Connery, which included the famous theme which has recurred throughout the 24 subsequent films.

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The producers were not happy with Norman’s arrangement and drafted in a young John Barry to rearrange the piece.

Barry – whose own credits include Out Of Africa, Born Free and Midnight Cowboylater claimed it was actually he who had written the theme but Norman won a libel action against The Sunday Times for publishing a similar allegation.

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He continued to work into the 1980s and beyond with Songbook in both the West End and Broadway winning Evening Standard, Olivier and Ivor Novello best musical awards.

That decade also saw his pantomime-style musical Poppy run for more than a year at the Barbican and Adelphi theatres in London and win a Swetnow the Olivierfor best musical.

Sean Connery and Ursula Andress gaze at one another in a scene from the film ‘James Bond: Dr. No’, 1962

Sean Connery and Ursula Andress gaze at one another in a scene from the film ‘James Bond: Dr. No’, 1962Crédito: imágenes falsas – Getty
Norman was involved in a libel action over a newspaper article which reported that he did not write the James Bond theme

Norman was involved in a libel action over a newspaper article which reported that he did not write the James Bond themeCrédito: Alamy
The late Diana Coupland and Monty Norman after they announced their engagement in 1955

The late Diana Coupland and Monty Norman after they announced their engagement in 1955Crédito: Getty
Monty Norman pictured with then fiancé and singer Diana Coupland

Monty Norman pictured with then fiancé and singer Diana CouplandCrédito: Alamy