Norman, Monty 1928–

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Norman, Monty 1928–

(Monty Nordman)


Born April 4, 1928, in London, England; married Diana Coupland (an actress; divorced); married, wife's name Rina.


Composer. Norman's music has been performed by many artists, including Count Basie, Percy Faith, Edie Gorme, Bob Hope, Jack Jones, Shirley McLaine, Cliff Richard, Paul Scofield, The Shadows, Tommy Steele, and Frankie Vaughan. Performed as a singer with "big bands," including those of Cyril Stapleton, Ted Heath, and Stanley Black, 1950s; also performed as a solo artist on stage and television. Early in his career Norman worked as an apprentice barber and wrote articles for Jewish periodicals. Military service: Served in Royal Air Force.

Awards, Honors:

Evening Standard Award (with others), best musical, c. 1958, for Make Me an Offer; Antoinette Perry Award nomination (with others), best book and lyrics of a musical, 1961, for Irma la Douce; Golden Globe award nomination (with others), best song in a motion picture, 1965, for title song, From Russia with Love; Antoinette Perry Award nomination (with others), best book of a musical, 1981, Laurence Olivier Award, best musical, Society of West End Theatre, Evening Standard Award, best musical, and Ivor Novello Award, best musical, all for The Moony Shapiro Songbook; Laurence Olivier Award and Ivor Novello Award nomination, both best musical, c. 1983, for Poppy; winner of special Ivor Novello Award for James Bond theme music.


Television Appearances; Specials:

James Bond: Shaken and Stirred, ITV, 1997.

Nobody Does It Better: The Music of James Bond, Channel 4, 1997.

Music performer, Intimate Portrait: Sean Connery, Lifetime, 1997.



The Music of James Bond, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists Home Entertainment, 2000.

Inside "Dr. No," Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Home Entertainment, 2000.


Completing the Circle, Bronze Records, 2005.

Other albums include The Voice of the People. Norman's music has also been included in soundtrack recordings from the James Bond films.


Film Music:

Songs, Expresso Bongo, 1959.

The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll (also known as Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, House of Fright, Jekyll's Inferno, and The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll), American International Pictures, 1961.

Beatnik music, The Day the Earth Caught Fire (also known as The Day the Sky Caught Fire), Universal, 1962.

Composer and songwriter, Dr. No (also known as Ian Fleming's "Dr. No"), United Artists, 1962.

Title song, Call Me Bwana, United Artists, 1962.

Song "Game Face," He Got Game, Buena Vista, 1998.

(As Monty Nordman) Talegaver til boern—10 aars jubilaeum, CMC Records, 2003.

Stage Musicals:

Composer, Make Me an Offer, lyrics by David Heneker, Theatre Workshop, Stratford-upon-Avon, England, 1958, then Albery Theatre, London.

Scriptwriter and lyricist, Irma La Douce, Lyric Theatre, 1958-c. 1963, then Plymouth Theatre, New York City, 1960-61, and Alvin Theatre, New York City, 1961.

Composer and lyricist, Expresso Bongo, Saville Theatre, London, 1958.

Who's Pinkus, Where's Chelm?, London, 1967.

Scriptwriter (with Julian More) and composer, The Moony Shapiro Songbook, Globe Theatre, London, 1979, then Morosco Theatre, New York City, 1981.

Composer, Poppy (musical in pantomime), Royal Shakespeare Company, Barbican Theatre, London, 1982, then Adelphi Theatre, London, 1983.

Other stage material includes The Art of Living; script and lyrics (with Julian More), The Perils of Scobie Prilt, Oxford, England; music, Pinkus, Citizens Theatre Company, Cochrane Theatre, London; music and lyrics, Pinocchio, Watford Theatre Royal; script (with More) and music for Quick Quick Slow, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Birmingham, England; script, music, and lyrics, So Who Needs Marriage, tour of British cities; and music and lyrics, Stand and Deliver (also known as Jack Shepherd), Roundhouse Theatre, London; all between 1964 and 1968.

Television Music:

Quick Before They Catch Us (series), BBC, 1966.

Also composer for the television presentations Against the Crowd; The Battersea Miracle; Belle; A Bit of Discretion; Cure for a Tin Ear; Dickens of London; Fly on the Wall; Make Me an Offer; and Who Is Sylvia?


Norman's theme music for Dr. No has been featured in all subsequent "James Bond" movies and other films as well, and in videos and television programs. It has also been featured in the soundtrack recordings for the Bond films.



Monty Norman Official Site,, February 6, 2007.

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