James Bond theme composer Monty Norman dies aged 94

London: British composer Monty Norman, best known for writing the iconic theme

music for the James Bond films, died on Monday at the age of 94, his official website announced.

"It is with sadness we share the news that Monty Norman died on 11th July 2022 after a short illness," read the statement.

Norman was born Monty Noserovitch in east London on April 4, 1928.

He began his singing career with big bands before turning to composing, penning

songs for musicals and films including "Songbook" and "Poppy and Make Me An

Offer" and for pop stars such as Cliff Richard.

His best-known work came when he was asked to score the first James Bond film,

"Dr No", in 1962, although the producers drafted in John Barry to rearrange the piece.