Written for the 1962 Bond film Dr No, this has become a truly iconic film theme. Although here it is credited to John Barry, who actually wrote it has been a matter of debate. It is usually credited to Monty Norman, who won a court case establishing that it was he who actually wrote the theme.

Things to notice:

  • the guitarist playing in this performance is playing a left-handed guitar
  • there is a split note in the trumpet at 0:52 – this is incredibly high, and extremely demanding for the trumpet players, and just goes to show that even top professionals make mistakes sometimes! The ‘Bond sound’ of the trumpet was originally created by legendary trumpeter Derek Watkins, who played the original theme for Dr No in 1962 and then on every single Bond soundtrack until Skyfall in 2012

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