born on 2/3/1945 in Reading, Berkeshire, England, United Kingdom
died on 22/3/2013 in Esher, Surrey, United Kingdom
Links www.derekwatkins.co.uk (English)
Derek Watkins (trumpeter)
|Derek Watkins (trumpeter)|
Derek Roy Watkins (2 March 1945 22 March 2013) was an English jazz, pop and classical lead trumpet player probably best known for playing the instrument on the soundtracks of every James Bond film from Dr. No to Skyfall.
Was born in Reading, Berkshire and started to play the cornet at the age of 4. By 17 he had turned professional.
Film and television scores
In addition to the Bond film soundtracks he played on Chicago, Bridget Jones's Diary, Basic Instinct, Johnny English, Gladiator, Made in Dagenham, Superman and Superman II. He also composed incidental music for Midsomer Murders.
Watkins co-wrote and performs the music heard in the title sequence for the 2002 episode "Murder Is Corny" of the A&E TV series A Nero Wolfe Mystery.