Monty Norman - The first man of James Bond music
Monty was very busy with two new stage shows at the time so he was not exactly rushing to get involved in yet another project. That is until Harry Saltzman told him there would be several weeks on location in Jamaica. He suggested Monty should come with them and absorb the local ambience, and bring his wife all expences paid.
That was the clincher! If the film turned out to be a dud he would have his fee of £250 in the bank and some shared Caribbean sun, sea and sand with his wife. It was an offer Monty couldn't refuse! On such small things destiny turns! Monty was shown out by one of the assistants who remarked that Monty should try to come up with a good theme as there might be two films and a TV series in the Bond material.
Broccoli and Saltzman chartered a plane to take the whole British contingent to Jamaica. So at 7.35 am on 14th January 1962 they all assembled at London Airport for a grueling twenty hour flight.
They were a motley bunch consisting of technicians, actors, stuntmen and essential film crew, Broccoli and his wife Dana, Saltzman and his wife Jacqui, Monty and his wife Diana and a handsome young Scottish actor called Sean Connery.