Bond trumpeter Derek ­Watkins dies at 68

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DEREK Watkins, the British trumpet player who played on every James Bond film soundtrack, has died aged 68.

The lead trumpet player, who was described by the great Dizzy Gillespie as “Mr Lead”, died at home in Reading on Friday following a lengthy illness, said his friend Philip Biggs, editor of the Brass Herald.

Watkins enjoyed a lengthy career in which he played with The Beatles, Elton John, Eric Clapton, Frank Sinatra, the London Symphony Orchestra and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

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