Born on April 4, 1928, in London, United Kingdom, Monty Norman was an English film composer and singer best known for composing the “James Bond Theme”.
In the 1950s and early 1960s, 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.
As of 2004, Norman was working on an autobiography, to be titled A Walking Stick Full of Bagels, and musical versions of the 1954 Kingsley Amis novel Lucky Jim and his 1970s musical, Quick Quick Slow.
Norman passed away on 11 July 2022, at the age of 94 following a brief illness.
Monty Norman Movies And TV Shows
- Make Me an Offer (1958)
- Expresso Bongo (1958)
- Irma La Douce (1958)
- The Art of Living (revue, 1960)
- Belle or the Ballad of Dr. Crippen (1961)
- The Perils of Scobie Prilt (1963)
- Pinkus (1967), Quick, Quick, Slow (1969)
- Stand and Deliver (1972)
- So Who Needs Marriage? (1975)
- Songbook (1979)
- Poppy (1982)
- Pinocchio (1988)