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Monty Norman – The first man of James Bond music James Bond Theme.

16 Aug

Monty Norman – The first man of James Bond music James Bond Theme

Monty Norman Composer for Dr No.

Born April 4, 1928, London.

Monty Norman – The first man of James Bond music,best known for being credited with composing the ”James       Bond Theme”.
Norman is famous for writing the music to the first James Bond movie Dr No, and has been credited with writing the ”James Bond       Theme”, the signature theme of the James Bond franchise. Norman has       received royalties since 1962 for the theme, but it was arranged by       John Barry  after the producers were dissatisfied with       Norman’s music. Barry claims that he actually did write the theme, but       nevertheless, Mr. Norman won two libel       actions against publishers for claiming that Barry was the composer, most       recently against The       Sunday Times in 2001. During the trial, Barry testified on the       stand that he had, in fact, composed the The James Bond Theme, but       that Norman was contractually obligated to receive credit for the score.
Monty Norman composed some of the most memorable music ever for films       and stage. His contribution to the James Bond canon, though , has always       been filled with its own intrigue.
Norman sang with a British dance bands in the late 1940s, and moving       later into song writing. Norman worked on a number of musicals. His       modern, sometimes experimental sound impressed DR NO producers Broccoli       and Salzman who hired him to put together a score for the film.      
Location manager, Chris Blackwell (later of Island Records       fame) found Monty a shady room away from the hot sun where he could       happily set to music all he had absorbed of the local atmosphere.
The director, Terence Young, asked Monty to come up with       something for the three blind beggars who would be the first killers in a       Bond film. He wrote a calypso based on the children’s nursery rhyme, ‘Three       Blind Mice‘, called ‘The Kingston Calypso‘ which got the film       off to a good start by playing against the drama of the assassination.
Cubby Broccoli then wanted a song for Ursula Andress to       sing as she came out of the ocean like a beautiful bikinied mermaid. He       wanted her to be observed by Sean Connery, who would sing it back at her.       Monty asked around his new found Jamaican friends (among them Carmen       Manley, the Prime Minister’s daughter) for the correct indigenous flora,       fauna, greengrocery and patois love words to put in the lyric. The result       was a very authentic sounding number called ‘Underneath The Mango Tree‘.
Underneath The Mango Tree       Me honey and me, come watch for de moon.       Underneath The Mango Tree       Me honey and me make boo-loo-loops soon.      
Monty had great fun teaching Sean Connery and Ursula       Andress the song which played no small part in one of cinema history’s       classic moments.
The latest dance craze in Jamaica was called the Jump Up.       So for a scene set in the dance hall Monty wrote a number in that rhythm       called ‘Jump Up Jamaica‘, which became a local hit.
At a Count Basie concert in Jamaica, Monty met the great       man himself. Basie asked him to send any numbers from DR NO that might be       possible for his orchestra.
The outcome: Basie subsequently recorded four numbers: Dr       No’s Fantasy, The Kingston Calypso, Underneath The Mango       Tree and The James Bond Theme.
And finally, on Saltzman’s request, a meeting with the ‘Executive Suits’       at United Artists to give them an update on how things were progressing in       Jamaica. It was obvious that for them the jury was out on DR NO until they       could see a final cut of this, in Hollywood terms, low budget British spy       film. Then to the party, given by Arthur Laurents the book writer of many       Broadway hits including West Side Story. Half the writing talent of      
Broadway and Hollywood were on the guest list.

James Bond movies to screen at Cannes Film Festival

15 Maj

Cannes Film Festival bosses will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the James Bond franchise by screening five classic 007 movies at the event.

The suave superspy first burst onto the big screen in 1962’s Dr. No and went on to become one of the icons of modern cinema.

To celebrate the franchise’s 50th birthday this year (12), officials at this month’s (May12) French film festival will screen 007’s debut cinema outing along with its follow-up From Russia with Love, George Lazenby’s sole turn as the spy in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, Sean Connery’s swansong in 1971’s Diamonds Are Forever, and current Bond star Daniel Craig’s debut in Casino Royale.

The films, which have all been digitally enhanced, will be shown free to the public at an outdoor theatre on Cannes Beach. The screenings mark the start of a year-long series of global events celebrating the franchise’s anniversary.

”The screenings in Cannes mark a year-long celebration, including a return to theatres worldwide of some of the classic Bond films,” the Daily Express quoted MGM and Sony executives as saying in a joint statement.



Daniel Craig arrived in Istanbul, Turkey New Pictures Taken From ‘Skyfall’ Set In Istanbul

10 Maj

Daniel Craig arrived in Istanbul, Turkey with the cast and crew of the latest James Bond movie ‘Skyfall’ last week and was pictured yesterday looking sharp in a grey suit, tie and shades as he roams the city’s streets filming the movie’s latest action-packed scenes.

‘Skyfall’ marks the third time in the 50 year history of the James Bond franchise that the city has served as a backdrop to 007’s adventures, with previous outings including ‘From Russia With Love’ and ‘The World Is Not Enough’.

Istanbul isn’t the only Turkish location the team has been visiting; further filming locations include Adana and the coastal city of Fethiye.

Speaking to The Sun, Daniel Craig said of the project: “It is great to come to Istanbul and film at some great locations. It feels like an old-fashioned Bond movie.

“I am still learning. I want to be challenged every day — and I am being challenged.”

He has revealed there will be more laughs in ‘Skyfall’ than in previous Bond movies: “The humour is not something we try to do but it just comes from the situations.

“I think there are some very funny lines in it but then I have a very dark sense of humour, so others might not agree with me.”

And he showed a flash of that humour when asked what would be different about the new movie. He quipped:

“Go-go dancers. It’s not something I have done before and I thought it was about time I showed that part of myself.”

Filming on ‘Skyfall’, which opens in cinemas on October 26, has being  going on for more than 100 days in Turkey, England, Scotland and China,  and there is still a month to go.


HeinekenR and James Bond sign global SKYFALL partnership

8 Feb

Amsterdam, February 8, 2012 – HEINEKEN today announced that it has extended its 15 year partnership with the James Bond franchise. It will introduce an unprecedented and innovative global marketing campaign to support the launch of the new film SKYFALL. This is the 23rd film in the James Bond series, and the 6th consecutive James Bond film that the HeinekenR brand has been involved with.

HeinekenR brand’s global SKYFALL marketing programme will include a wide range of promotion and activation rights in and around the film, including for the first time the participation of James Bond actor Daniel Craig in the brand’s worldwide campaign. It will also leverage its global relationships with facebook and Google to ignite digital conversations about SKYFALL amongst its adult consumers.

2012 marks the 50th anniversary of the Bond franchise which is generating enormous levels of consumer interest in SKYFALL. It is one of the most anticipated and talked about films this year, providing HeinekenR the opportunity to engage with consumers in a number of different and compelling ways. The campaign will be accessible in more than 170 countries around the world where HeinekenR can be enjoyed.

Alexis Nasard, Chief Commercial Officer of HEINEKEN said: ”When two great brands like HeinekenR and James Bond join together, excitement is guaranteed. We are proud of our long standing partnership. The trust that we have built has allowed us to take the partnership to a new level by linking SKYFALL directly with our award winning global ‘Open Your World’ campaign. We are confident our activation plan will ignite the conversation with our consumers and film viewers.”

Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, the SKYFALL producers added: ”The level of collaboration with HeinekenR is unprecedented. We are excited by the global reach and the creativity that the HeinekenR team is able to deliver.”

HEINEKEN will launch its marketing campaign to support the HeinekenR partnership with James Bond in September 2012. The brand will focus its efforts on creating new levels of excitement for the film in on-premise establishments and retail stores across multiple markets.

Note to editors:
Heineken and James Bond
Heineken has developed a strong and successful relationship with James Bond spanning global partnerships with ‘Tomorrow Never Dies’, ‘The World is Not Enough’ , ‘Die Another Day’, ‘Casino Royale’ and ‘Quantum of Solace’ .

SKYFALL, from Albert R. Broccoli’s Eon Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, and Sony Pictures Entertainment, is directed by Academy AwardR winner Sam Mendes and stars Daniel Craig, who returns for his third film as James Bond 007.

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