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The Music of James Bond$
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Jon Burlingame

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199863303

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199863303.001.0001

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The Music of James Bond

Jon Burlingame

Oxford University Press

This chapter introduces Albert R. Broccoli and Harry Saltzman, the producers of the Bond films based on the Ian Fleming novels, and their first composer Monty Norman. Norman was a British songwriter who went with them on location to Jamaica in early 1962, wrote and recorded songs there (including “Under the Mango Tree” for leads Sean Connery and Ursula Andress), and later penned the “James Bond Theme” during post-production in London. Prominent Yorkshire-born composer-producer John Barry is brought in to arrange and perform the theme — using his old bandmate Vic Flick on guitar — which eventually leads (many years later) to a Barry claim of having written the “Bond Theme“ and a libel suit ultimately decided in Norman's favor.

Keywords:   Albert R. Broccoli, Harry Saltzman, Monty Norman, John Barry, Ian Fleming, Sean Connery, Ursula Andress, Vic Flick, James Bond Theme, Under the Mango Tree

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