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Monty Norman’s ‘James Bond’ piano

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Reference: 5016

Eavestaff ‘Minipiano’, circa 1950s

A highly important piano used by Monty Norman to compose the James Bond Theme in 1962.

Serial Number 177650.

Width: 55 inches (140 cm).

What is known as Monty Norman’s ‘James Bond Theme’ is in fact a re-working of ‘Bad Sign, Good Sign’ written for the sitar by Norman in the late 1950s. Orchestrated by John Barry for the electric guitar, it debuted with the release of ‘Dr. No’ in 1962 and became arguably the most instantly recognized theme tune ever written.

Apart from the ‘James Bond Theme’, Norman also composed the score of ‘Dr.No’ and most of his stage musicals and TV scores on this very instrument. A statement signed by Monty Norman accompanies the piano, which attests to this.

Provenance: Monty Norman Esq.

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