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Monty Norman (b1928)

Monty Norman was a successful composer, though 1961 show The Ballad of Dr Crippen was critically panned. Nevertheless Cubby Broccoli, one of its backers, invited Norman to score the new film he was producing, Dr No. For the main theme Norman remembered the song Bad Sign Good Sign from his unstaged musical based on VS Naipaul's A House for Mr Biswas, which began: "I was born with this unlucky sneeze and what is worse I came into the world the wrong way round." With the rhythm slightly tweaked Norman presented it, and John Barry arranged it. Led to believe that he was only working on the main title, Barry was shocked to see that the arrangement was "plastered all over the film". But he was assured that his contribution had been recognized and he went on to score eleven more Bond films, creating the sound that is inseparable from the series.



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