Bond composer to re-record theme

The Sunday Times alleged that Mr Norman did not write the tune

Composer Monty Norman is to re-record the James Bond theme with its original lyrics reinstated.

Norman first wrote the classic tune - initially called Bad Sign, Good Sign - for a musical version of VS Naipaul's novel A House for Mr Biswas.

After he was hired to provide music for the first Bond film, Dr No, he reworked the song as a theme tune.

Norman won £30,000 libel damages in 2001 over an article that claimed the theme had been written by John Barry.

But while Barry did provide the tune's distinctive big-band orchestration, Norman has always received royalties.

The 77-year-old is now re-recording the song for a new album, Completing the Circle, which will also include a different orchestration of the Bond theme to Barry's.

The lyrics of Bad Sign, Good Sign, written by Julian More and Monty Norman, are as follows

I was born with this unlucky sneeze

And what is worse I came into the world the wrong way round

Pundits all agree I am the reason why

My father fell into the village pond and drowned.

"I have always said that Barry's orchestration of my theme was the best so far and that I think he is one of the best composers in the business," Norman told the Observer.

Barry went on to write the score for 11 of the James Bond films.

Norman's other shows include Expresso Bongo, filmed with Cliff Richard in 1960.

According to the Observer he is currently working on a musical version of the Kingsley Amis novel Lucky Jim. 

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