James Bond soundtrack trumpeter Derek Watkins passes away

Derek Watkins, who played trumpet on every James Bond soundtrack from "Dr. No" to "Skyfall" has died at age 68.
Watkins began his career at aged 17 and went on to have a long, varied career where he played with The Beatles, Elton John, Frank Sinatra, and Eric Clapton.


  1. According to the news report I read on the internet, he didn't play on the soundtrack for Skyfall. It could be wrong, although you'd expect that they checked before making such a definite statement. Do you know for sure?

  2. The story I linked to in this post mentions Skyfall. It may be in error. Do you have a link to the story you saw?

    Perhaps Skyfall featured recordings from previous Bond films that featured Watkins' playing?


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