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The ‘James Bond Theme’ Eavestaff ‘Minipiano’, circa 1957

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Monty Norman (English, born 1928)

The highly important piano as used by Monty Norman to compose the ‘James Bond Theme’ in 1962. Bearing serial Number 177650, the piano is accompanied by a statement signed by Monty Norman which attests to this, as well as a notated copy of the sheet music (illustrated).

Provenance: Monty Norman Esq.

Width: 55 inches (140 cm)

What is now 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, before and since.

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. 007 producer ‘Cubby’ Broccoli commissioned Norman to score the first Bond film, following seeing his West End show ‘Belle or the Ballad of Dr. Crippen’ in 1961.

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