007 Composer Releases Greatest Hits

007 Composer Releases Greatest Hits
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No, we’re talking about the famous 007 theme tune, which was released this week in its original form on a new CD, thanks to its Jewish composer

The name’s Norman, Monty Norman. And during the course of his career he also penned the music and lyrics for film and stage classics, such as Irma La Douce, Lucky Jim and Expresso Bongo.

The new album, called Completing the Cycle, features 18 tracks by the veteran composer, including the original composition on which he later based the familiar 007 song, which hasn’t been heard for more than 40 years.

The St John’s Wood Liberal Synagogue member told the Jewish News: “Cubby Broccoli, who had just bought the rights to produce Ian Fleming’s novels with his partner, Harry Saltzman, approached me and asked if I would like to write the music for Dr No.”

In trying to find a tune that summed up the superspy’s personality, Monty remembered a song he had written years before for a musical set in Trinidad, and developed it from there. The tune, called Bad Sign, Good Sign, is played with traditional Indian instruments on the CD. The 77-year-old added: “It was just what I was looking for, it summed up the style, the mood, the ambiance and character of James Bond.”

Also featured on the album is Underneath The Mango Tree, the song playing as Ursula Andress emerges from the sea in Dr No. The Maida Vale resident said: “The scene has taken its place as one of the great moments in cinema history and I am proud to be a part of it.

Completing the Cycle is available from record shops, priced £12.99. You can win the album for free. We have 10 copies to give away. To stand a chance of winning, simply answer the following question.

Who starred in Dr No?
a) Pierce Brosnan
b) Roger Moore
c) Sean Connery

Send your answers on a postcard to Bond competition, The Jewish News, PO Box34296, London NW5 1YW. Closing date, 1 December

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