Remember the classic James Bond theme that Monty Norman composed and John Barry re-arranged for "Dr. No," and which was subsequently used in the 22 other official Bond films, including "Skyfall"? It started as the song "Bad Sign Good Sign," part of a failed musical called "A House For Mr. Biswas."

Norman and Julian More wrote a musical adaptation of V.S. Naipual's best-selling novel, but the expense of the show made it a non-starter. Soon after, Norman used the melody of "Bad Sign Good Sign" for Bond. Wrote Norman when the track was released in 2005:

As time moved on, many people suggested I record the progenitor of the signature theme first heard in Dr No. So, with musical cuts of the middle production area, and with the help of Mehboob Nadim's evocative sitar and Pandit Dimesh's terrific tabla rhythms the embryonic melodies of the James Bond Theme, for the first time in nearly forty-five years, can be heard in their original form.

It's jarring to hear the seeds of the Bond theme in musical form, but fans can listen above. For a more traditional Bond sound, listen to the jazzy "Dr. No" theme, as performed by the John Barry orchestra, below.

Check out this 2005 NPR story for more on Norman.

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  • 'Dr. No' (1962)

    Ursula Andress as Honey Ryder

  • 'From Russia With Love' (1963)

    Daniela Bianchi as Tatiana Romanova

  • 'Goldfinger' (1964)

    Honor Blackman as Pussy Galore.

  • 'Goldfinger' (1964)

    Shirley Eaton as Jill Masterson

  • 'Thunderball' (1965)

    Claudine Auger as Domino

  • 'Thunderball' (1965)

    Molly Peters as Patricia

  • 'You Only Live Twice' (1967)

    Karin Dor as Helga Brandt

  • 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service' (1969)

    Dianna Rigg as Tracy

  • 'Diamonds Are Forever' (1971)

    Jill St. John as Tiffany Case

  • 'Live And Let Die' (1973)

    Jane Seymour as Solitaire

  • 'The Man With The Golden Gun' (1974)

    Maud Adams, left, as Andrea and Britt Ekland, right, as Goodnight

  • 'The Spy Who Loved Me' (1977)

    Barbara Bach as Major Anya Amasova (a.k.a. Agent XXX)

  • 'Moonraker' (1979)

    Lois Chiles as Dr. Holly Goodhead

  • 'For Your Eyes Only' (1981)

    Carole Bouquet as Melena Havelock

  • 'Octopussy' (1983)

    Maud Adams, again, this time as Octopussy.

  • 'A View To A Kill' (1985)

    Tanya Roberts, left, as Stacy Sutton, and Grace Jones, right, as May Day

  • 'The Living Daylights' (1987)

    Maryam D'Abo as Kara Milovy

  • 'Licence To Kill' (1989)

    Talisa Soto as Lupe Lamora, left, and Carey Lowell as Pam Bouvierin, right.

  • 'Goldeneye' (1995)

    Izabella Scorupco as Natalya Simonova and Famke Janssen as Xenia Onatopp.

  • 'Tomorrow Never Dies' (1997)

    Michelle Yeoh as Wai Lin

  • 'The World Is Not Enough' (1999)

    Sophie Marceau as Elektra King

  • 'The World Is Not Enough' (1999)

    Denise Richards as Dr. Christmas Jones.

  • 'Die Another Day' (2002)

    Halle Berry as Jinx Johnson.

  • 'Casino Royale' (2006)

    Eva Green as Vesper Lynd.

  • 'Quantum Of Solace' (2009)

    Olga Kurylenko as Camille and Gemma Arterton as Strawberry Fields.

  • 'Skyfall' (2012)

    Naomie Harris as Eve.

  • 'Skyfall' (2012)

    Berenice Marlohe as Sévérine.

  • 'Casino Royale,' 'Quantum Of Solace' & 'Skyfall'

    Judi Dench as M, the head of MI6.