Monty Norman (born in London, UK on April 4, 1928) is a singer and film composer best known for the creation of "The James Bond Theme". London ( ˈlʌndən is the capital and largest urban area in the United Kingdom. The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom, the UK or Britain,is a Sovereign state located Events 1581 - Francis Drake completes a circumnavigation of the world and is knighted by Elizabeth I. Year 1928 ( MCMXXVIII) was a Leap year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. A composer (literally meaning 'one who puts together' is a person who creates Music, usually in the medium of notation, for Interpretation and Performance The James Bond series of films from EON Productions has had numerous signature tunes over the years many of which are now considered classic pieces of cinematic music
Norman was born in the East End of London to Jewish parents on the second night of Passover in 1928. PLEASE TAKE NOTE************ Passover ( Hebrew, Yiddish: פֶּסַח Pesach, Tiberian: pɛsaħ Israeli: Pesah, Pesakh, Yiddish When Norman's father was young, he travelled from Latvia to England with his mother (Norman's grandmother). Latvia ( Latvija officially the Republic of Latvia (Latvijas Republika is a Country in Northern Europe in the Baltic region. England is a Country which is part of the United Kingdom. Its inhabitants account for more than 83% of the total UK population whilst its mainland
As a child during World War II, Norman was evacuated from London but later returned during the Blitz. World War II, or the Second World War, (often abbreviated WWII) was a global military conflict which involved a majority of the world's nations, including The Blitz was the sustained bombing of Britain by Nazi Germany between 7 September 1940 and 10 May 1941 in World War II. He later did national service in the RAF, where he became interested in a career in singing. National service is a common name for mandatory or voluntary government service programs (most often focusing on military service
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. The 1950s Decade refers to the years of 1950 to 1959 inclusive The 1960s decade refers to the years from the beginning of 1960 to the end of 1969 A big band is a type of Musical ensemble associated with playing jazz music and which became popular during the Swing Era from the early 1930s until the late Cyril Stapleton (Dec 31 1914 - Feb 25 1974 was a British violinist and Jazz bandleader Stanley Black OBE ( June 14, 1913 - November 27, 2002) was an English Light music conductor arranger and pianist George Edward 'Ted' Heath ( 30 March, 1902 &ndash 18 November, 1969) was the most famous English Bandleader of the 40s Nat Temple ( July 18, 1913 &ndash May 30, 2008) was a Big band leader, and a gifted Clarinet and Saxophone He also sang in various variety shows, sharing the top of the bill 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. A variety show or variety entertainment is an entertainment made up of a variety of acts especially Musical performances and Comedy Skits and Alfred Hawthorne Hill ( 21 January 1924 &ndash 19 April 1992) better known as Benny Hill, was a prolific English Sir Harry Donald Secombe, CBE ( 8 September 1921 &ndash 11 April 2001) was a Welsh Entertainer with a noted fine Richard Henry Sellers, CBE, commonly known as Peter Sellers ( 8 September 1925 &ndash 24 July 1980) was a British Terence Alan Patrick Seán Milligan KBE ( 16 April, 1918 &ndash 27 February 2002) known as Spike Milligan, was an Anglo Harry Worth (real name Harry Illingsworth) (born 20 November 1917 in Tankersley near Barnsley, Yorkshire - 20 July Tommy Cooper ( 19 March 1921 &ndash 15 April 1984) was an Anglo-Welsh Prop comedian and magician. For alternatives for the name Jimmy James see the Jimmy James disambiguation page Jimmy James ( 20 May Anthony John "Tony" Hancock (born 12 May 1924 &ndash 24 June 1968) was a popular British Actor and Jimmy Edwards DFC ( 23 March 1920 &ndash 7 July 1988) was an English comedic script writer and comedy actor on both Max Miller ( November 21[[ 894]] – May 7[[ 963]] the "Cheeky Chappie" was a 1930s English Music hall Comedian famous 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 later - films. Sir Cliff Richard, OBE, (born Harry Roger Webb on 14 October 1940 is an English Singer, Actor and Businessman. Tommy Steele OBE (born 17 December 1936 in London England) is an English entertainer William "Count" Basie ( August 21, 1904 &ndash April 26, 1984) was an American jazz pianist, Organist Bob Hope, KBE KCSG ( May 29, 1903 &ndash July 27, 2003) was an American comedian and actor who appeared in Lyrics (in singular form Lyric) are a set of words that accompany music either by speaking or singing Musical theatre is a form of Theatre combining Music, Songs spoken Dialogue and Dance. In 1957 and 1958, he wrote lyrics for the musicals Make Me an Offer, the English language version of Irma La Douce (based on a 1956 French musical written by Alexandre Breffort and Marguerite Monnot; the English version was nominated for a Broadway Tony Award), and Expresso Bongo (which Time Out called the first rock and roll musical). This article is about the film For the stage musical see Irma La Douce (musical Irma La Douce is a 1963 French ( français,) is a Romance language spoken around the world by 118 million people as a native language and by about 180 to 260 million people Marguerite Monnot ( 28 May, 1903 - 12 October, 1961) was a French songwriter and composer best known for having written many of the songs Broadway theater, commonly called simply Broadway, refers to theatrical performances presented in one of the 39 large professional theaters with 500 seats or more located The Antoinette Perry Awards for Excellence in Theatre, more commonly known as the Tony Awards, recognize achievement in live American Theatre and are presented Expresso Bongo is a musical first produced on the stage at the Saville Theatre, London on 23 April 1958 Time Out is a Publishing company based in London, England. The company's best known product is the Time Out weekly listings Magazine Rock and roll (also known as rock 'n' roll) is a form of Music that evolved in the United States in the late 1940s and early 1950s with roots in mostly African Expresso Bongo was a West End hit, and was later made into a 1960 film starring a young Cliff Richard). West End theatre is a popular term for mainstream professional theatre staged in the large theatres of London 's "Theatreland" Sir Cliff Richard, OBE, (born Harry Roger Webb on 14 October 1940 is an English Singer, Actor and Businessman. Later musicals include Songbook (aka The Moony Shapiro Songbook in New York), which was also nominated for a Broadway Tony and won an Ivor Novello Award; and Poppy (1982), which was also nominated for the Ivor Novello Award, and won the SWET award (renamed the Laurence Olivier Awards in 1984) for Best Musical. Songbook (New York title The Moony Shapiro Songbook) is a musical with music by Monty Norman and book by Monty Norman and Julian More The Ivor Novello Awards, named after the Cardiff born entertainer Ivor Novello, are Awards for Songwriting and Composing. Poppy is a Musical comedy play about the Opium Wars. The play takes the form of a Pantomime, complete with Dick Whittington, a The Laurence Olivier Award is regarded as the most prestigious award in British theatre and is presented in recognition of artistic achievement in London theatre
Further film work included the theme songs for the science fiction classic, The Day the Earth Caught Fire, the first James Bond film, Dr. No, The Two Faces of Doctor Jeckyll, and the 1963 Bob Hope movie, Call Me Bwana. The phrase theme music usually refers to that of a radio program, Television program, or Movie. The Day the Earth Caught Fire is a 1961 British Science fiction film James Bond 007 is a Fictional character created in 1953 by writer Ian Fleming, who featured him in twelve Novels and two Short story Dr No (1962 is the first Film in the James Bond series, and the first to star Sean Connery as British Secret Service agent Bob Hope, KBE KCSG ( May 29, 1903 &ndash July 27, 2003) was an American comedian and actor who appeared in Call Me Bwana is a 1963 Farce film starring Bob Hope and Anita Ekberg, and directed by Gordon Douglas.
Norman has been credited with writing "The James Bond Theme", one of the signature themes for the James Bond films, and has received royalties since 1962. The phrase theme music usually refers to that of a radio program, Television program, or Movie. James Bond 007 is a Fictional character created in 1953 by writer Ian Fleming, who featured him in twelve Novels and two Short story Royalties (sometimes running royalties) are usage-based payments made by one party (the "licensee" to another (the "licensor" for ongoing use of an Year 1962 ( MCMLXII) was a Common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar of the Gregorian calendar. The classic version of "The James Bond Theme" was orchestrated by John Barry for the first James Bond film, Dr. No, in 1962. Orchestration is the study or practice of writing Music for Orchestra (or more loosely for any Musical ensemble) or of adapting for orchestra music composed John Barry, OBE (born John Barry Prendergast on 3 November 1933 in York, England) is a renowned Golden Globe and five-time Academy Dr No (1962 is the first Film in the James Bond series, and the first to star Sean Connery as British Secret Service agent Barry claims that he actually wrote the theme, but Norman has won two libel actions against publishers for claiming that Barry was the composer, most recently against The Sunday Times in 2001. The Sunday Times is a Sunday Broadsheet Newspaper distributed in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland. During the trial, Barry testified on the stand that he had, in fact, composed the James Bond Theme, but that Norman was contractually obligated to receive credit for the score. In the made-for-DVD documentary, Inside Dr. No, Norman performs a piece of music he had written for the stage several years earlier entitled "Bad Sign, Good Sign" that resembles the melody of the "James Bond Theme" in several places. Barry went on to compose 11 more Bond scores, including "The 007 Theme" (dominated by brass and percussion). The James Bond series of films from EON Productions has had numerous signature tunes over the years many of which are now considered classic pieces of cinematic music Brass is any Alloy of Copper and Zinc; the proportions of zinc and copper can be varied to create a range of brasses with varying properties
As of 2004, Norman is working on an autobiography, to be entitled A Walking Stick Full of Bagels, and musical versions of the 1954 Kingsley Amis novel, Lucky Jim, and his 1970s musical, "Quick Quick Slow". "MMIV" redirects here For the Modest Mouse album see " Baron von Bullshit Rides Again " An autobiography, from the Greek αὐτός autos "self" βίος bios "life" and γράφειν graphein "to write" Sir Kingsley William Amis, CBE ( April 16, 1922 &ndash October 22, 1995) was an English Novelist, Lucky Jim is a comic Novel written by Kingsley Amis, first published in 1954 by Victor Gollancz.
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