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"The James Bond Theme" is one of the signature themes for the James Bond films. Courts have ruled twice that it was written by Monty Norman, although John Barry has testified several times and claims that he was actually the one who wrote the theme. The classic version of "The James Bond Theme" was orchestrated by Barry for the first James Bond film, Dr. No, in 1962.


Norman describes the distinctive rhythm in the first few bars of "The James Bond Theme" as "Dum de-de-dum-dum, dum dum dum, dum de-de dum dum, dum dum dum". He claims that it was inspired by the song "Good Sign Bad Sign" sung by Indian characters in A House For Mr Biswas, a musical based on a novel by V.S. Naipaul set in the Indian community in Trinidad.


Norman has been credited with writing "The James Bond Theme", and has received royalties since 1962. He has won two libel actions against publishers for claiming that Barry wrote the theme, most recently against The Sunday Times in 2001. Barry went on to compose 11 more Bond soundtracks in addition to his uncredited contribution to Dr. No and is credited with the creation of "The 007 Theme" (dominated by brass and percussion) and the popular orchestrated theme On Her Majesty's Secret Service.


"The James Bond Theme" was later adapted by Ken Thorne for brief use in The Beatles' film Help!. It has also been redone by Eric Serra for GoldenEye, by Moby for Tomorrow Never Dies, and by Paul Oakenfold for Die Another Day.


External links

  • montynorman.com (http://www.montynorman.com/)

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