Derek Watkins, who played solo trumpet in all the James Bond films, died yesterday at his home in Esher, Surrey. He was 68.
Raised in the English brass band tradition, he took up the cornet at age four and became one of the most charismatic musicians on the scene. He also played with the Beatles, Elton John, Eric Clapton, Frank Sinatra, the London Symphony and Royal Philharmonic orchestras.
Farewell, my lovely.