Who can forget the iconic music theme from the James Bond movies?
Bond producer Cubby Broccoli had asked Norman to compose the first movie’s score, having been impressed with his stage musical CV.
For the main theme, the composer dusted off one of his previous compositions – Bad Sign Good Sign, from an abandoned production of VS Naipaul’s A House For Mr Biswas – and re-wrote it with the suave spy in mind.
After switching the main riff from a sitar to an electric guitar, Norman knew he had captured the essence of 007.
“His sexiness, his mystery, his ruthlessness – it’s all there in a few notes,” he later recalled.
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John Barry famously arranged the Bond theme, leading some people to assume he had written it, much to Norman’s displeasure. In 2001, he took The Sunday Times to court over an article that stated he had not composed the famous guitar line, and was awarded £30,000 libel damages.
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How better to remember Mr. Norman than to remember those iconic songs?
I wonder if the angelic choir will soon be singing some new melodies?