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Date of Birth 4 April 1928London, England, UK
Birth NameMonty Noserovitch

Mini Bio (1)

Monty Norman was born on April 4, 1928 in London, England as Monty Noserovitch.

Spouse (2)

Diana Coupland (? - ?) (divorced)
Rina ? (? - present)

Trivia (3)

Was twice nominated for Broadway's Tony Award: in 1961 for the English book and lyrics, along with David Heneker and Julian More, as part of a Best Musical nomination for "Irma la Douce;" and, twenty years later, in 1981, again nominated with collaborator More as Best Book (Musical) for "The Moony Shapiro Songbook."
Best known for his "James Bond Theme" from Dr. No (1962), which is used in every James Bond Movie as part of the opening credits.
Interviewed on television by Jonathan Ross in his 70s, he revealed that the James Bond theme, his most famous work, was in fact the tune for a song he had written for a never-produced stage musical based on V.S. Naipaul's novel, "A House For Mr. Biswas". It was his idea that the music for "Dr. No", the first Bond film, would largely consist of West Indian folk-tunes and calypsos. Whilst this is actually true of most of the music in the film, the idea was not viewed favorably by Bond producers Harry Saltzman and Albert R. Broccoli, which might explain why Norman did not work on any subsequent Bond movies.

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