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Admiral James Norrington
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Biographical information
Gender

Male

Ethnic group

English

Eye color

Hazel

Hair color

Brown (white wig)

Height

6' 1" (185 m)

Born

1710s[1], Great Britain

Died

1740s[2], aboard the Flying Dutchman

Family

Lawrence Norrington (father)
Fitzwilliam P. Dalton III (cousin)

Title(s)

Lieutenant
Captain
Commodore
Admiral

Also known as

Former commodore

Statistics
Weapon(s) owned

Ceremonial sword
Flintlock pistol
Cutlass

Ship(s) captained or crewed

Lawrence Norrington's ship
HMS Dauntless
HMS Interceptor
Black Pearl
HMS Endeavour
Flying Dutchman

Battles

Attack on the Misty Lady
Attack on Port Royal
Battle of the Isla de Muerta
Battle of the Isla Cruces
Attack on the Empress

Affiliation

King George II
British Royal Navy
Crew of the HMS Dauntless
East India Trading Company

Behind the scenes
First appearance

The Curse of the Black Pearl

Last appearance

At World's End

Cause

Killed by Bootstrap Bill Turner aboard the Flying Dutchman

Portrayer

Jack Davenport
Julian Holloway (voice)

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"James Norrington. What has the world done to you?"
"Nothing I didn't deserve.
"
Elizabeth Swann and James Norrington[src]

James Norrington was an officer of the British Royal Navy and the East India Trading Company. Bewigged and resplendent in his uniforms, Norrington owed his allegiance to King George II. Norrington took pride in his service to others before himself, showing a strong dedication to the law, until the occasions of pursuing the right course that demanded acts of piracy.

Over the years, Norrington would achieve many ranks while serving in the Royal Navy, while at the same time becoming the scourge of piracy in the eastern Caribbean. Norrington was a lieutenant serving aboard the HMS Dauntless, which carried Governor Weatherby Swann and his daughter Elizabeth in the crossing from England. Loyal service to His Majesty the King had brought James Norrington respect and status. As captain of HMS Interceptor, Norrington had chased and captured some of the Caribbean's most fearsome pirates. Through Norrington's efforts, Port Royal became a civilized British settlement. Because of those efforts, Norrington was eventually promoted from captain to commodore of the British Naval Fleet. To mark his promotion, Norrington was given a new sword by Governor Swann.

Commodore Norrington's promotion was an advance that brought him some satisfaction, but he still lacked the one thing that could bring him happiness—taking Elizabeth Swann as his wife. Norrington shortly afterwards met the infamous pirate Jack Sparrow, who he was able to capture for a dawn appointment with the gallows. After the attack on Port Royal, Norrington and his crew led a search party for Elizabeth Swann, who was kidnapped by the cursed crew of the Black Pearl. His search was delayed after Jack Sparrow commandeered the Interceptor, with the help of the blacksmith apprentice Will Turner. By the end of the search, Norrington's men rescued Elizabeth and Jack from Rumrunner's Isle, as well as battled against the cursed pirates aboard the HMS Dauntless off Isla de Muerta. At Fort Charles, after foiling Jack Sparrow's ill-conceived escape attempt with the help of Will Turner, Elizabeth stood by Will in protecting Jack. Norrington knew his rival in love has beaten him and accepted defeat nobly, and gave Jack a day's head start.

After Jack Sparrow escaped from Port Royal, recapturing him became a mission that took over Norrington. He chased the pirate all over the world, until he made a fatal mistake off of Tripoli; he pursued Jack by sailing through a hurricane. The pursuit costed him to lose his ship the Dauntless, his crew, and his life in the Royal Navy. Norrington ended up leaving the Navy for his foolishness, and became a penniless drunk. Ironically, a disgraced Norrington would later join Jack Sparrow's crew aboard the Black Pearl and participated in the search for the fabled Dead Man's Chest, which ended with Norrington stealing the heart of Davy Jones and Letters of Marque that belonged to Jack Sparrow. Norrington would present both of them to Lord Cutler Beckett of the East India Trading Company. For this act, Norrington was given the rank of admiral, where he instilled military discipline aboard aboard the Flying Dutchman on behalf of Beckett during the War Against Piracy.

Despite having gotten what he wanted, Norrington came to regret his previous actions upon learning of Beckett's hand in Governor Swann's death, which he learned from Elizabeth after capturing the Empress. In the end, Norrington had to make a choice and choose a side. Norrington gave up everything, including his life, to help Elizabeth escape from the Flying Dutchman.

Biography

Early life

"You need to be brave, son. There are men out there who are savages, and they want to destroy your entire way of life. They are uncivilized, heathen, thieving, filthy pirates, and when I have gone to a final rest, it is you who will carry on the banner of civility and order, and help the Crown and our allies in the East India Trading Company eradicate their slime from the Seven Seas."
Lawrence Norrington to James Norrington[src]

James Norrington was a son of Admiral Lawrence Norrington of the British Royal Navy. When he was about five or six years old, he followed his father on a mission to capture Edward Teague, a Pirate Lord and Keeper of the Code. In the midst of a chaotic battle occurring when Teague's crew came to free Teague and his son Jack Sparrow from Lawrence Norrington's ship, James was knocked into the sea and rescued by Teague. Lawrence, as grateful as he was, was humiliated that his son was rescued by a pirate.[3]

Life in the Navy

"I intend to see to it that any man who sails under a pirate flag or wears a pirate brand gets what he deserves: A short drop and sudden stop."
―James Norrington to Elizabeth Swann[src]
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Lieutenant Norrington
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Over the years, eventually serving as an officer of the British Royal Navy, James Norrington was a kind and noble man, though he often appeared to be stoic and slightly snobbish. To his friends and colleagues, however, he showed great respect and grace, especially to Governor Weatherby Swann and his daughter Elizabeth Swann, with whom he had fallen in love. He was completely devoted to the Royal Navy, and would often forsake his own personal needs for the greater good. He harbored an intense dislike of pirates and their kind, and saw himself as something of a purveyor of justice to pirates in the Caribbean.[4]

Norrington served in the Royal Navy as a lieutenant, and was stationed aboard HMS Dauntless as it made the crossing from England, carrying Governor Swann and Elizabeth to Port Royal. Upon sighting a wrecked merchant vessel in the water, Lieutenant Norrington ordered his men to search the wreckage. He was so preoccupied with this that he did not notice a ghostly ship with black sails, the Black Pearl, slipping away from the scene.[4]

The Kidnapping of Elizabeth Swann

Commodore Norrington

"I, uh, apologize if I seem forward, but I must speak my mind. This promotion throws into sharp relief that which I have not yet achieved. A marriage to a fine woman. You have become a fine woman, Elizabeth."
―James Norrington to Elizabeth Swann[src]
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Commodore Norrington ordering Jack Sparrow to his feet.
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Over the years, Norrington used the Interceptor to chase and capture the Caribbean's most fearsome pirates.[5] By eight years after the crossing from England, Norrington had become captain and, due to his loyal service, was set to achieve the rank of commodore.[6] To mark his promotion, Norrington is given a new sword by Governor Swann. Norrington's promotion ceremony was held at Fort Charles in Port Royal, drawing a large crowd. Among those gathered was Elizabeth Swann, whom Norrington had first met on the crossing from England, and had developed a friendship with over the past eight years. However, Norrington was also in love with Elizabeth, and, since he believed a wife was the only thing missing in his life, wished for her hand in marriage.[4]

The newly-promoted Commodore attempted to propose to Elizabeth atop the fortress, following the ceremony. However, Elizabeth, apparently overcome by the proposal—though actually having fainted due to the constricting corset she had been forced into—toppled over the side of the fortress and into the sea far below. Shocked, Norrington gathered his men and raced down to the harbor, where he found Elizabeth in the arms of a man in the distinctive garb of a pirate. Elizabeth's rescuer turned out to be Captain Jack Sparrow, whom Norrington took into custody, set for hanging despite his recent good deed. However, Sparrow managed to briefly escape Norrington's clutches until he was subdued in a blacksmith's shop in the town.[4]

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Norrington and Governer Swann before the attack on Port Royal.
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Commodore Norrington had Sparrow imprisoned, but it was not the end of his troubles with pirates. That night, Port Royal was attacked by the Black Pearl, and though Norrington's men fought valiantly, the town was overwhelmed, and Elizabeth was captured. The next day, Norrington and his men attempted to formulate a plan to locate the Pearl, but were unsuccessful. The situation escalated further when Will Turner freed Jack Sparrow from the dungeons and helped him commandeer the HMS Interceptor to track down the Black Pearl. Norrington was forced to watch the pirates sail away with the ship, grudgingly admitting Jack's unexpected competency.[4]

Pirate chase

"Think about it: The Black Pearl. The last real pirate threat in the Caribbean, mate. How can you pass that up?"
"By remembering that I serve others, Mr. Sparrow, not only myself.
"
Jack Sparrow and James Norrington[src]
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Norrington and Elizabeth Swann aboard HMS Dauntless.
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Norrington was not about to give in, however. He had the Dauntless—whose rudder chain had been disabled by Sparrow during his escape—repaired, and set sail, now with three objectives; to reclaim the Interceptor, to capture Jack Sparrow and to rescue Elizabeth Swann. Although the Interceptor was ultimately destroyed by Captain Hector Barbossa's crew of aboard the Black Pearl, Norrington was able to achieve two of his goals when his men sighted a distress signal on a desert island. It transpired that both Elizabeth and Jack had been marooned on the island by Barbossa, while the Black Pearl set out for Isla de Muerta with Will Turner.[4]

Norrington had Jack placed under arrest, though despite Elizabeth's protests, refused to launch a rescue of Will, since it had not been his intention to follow the Pearl at all, other than if in doing so it would have ensured Elizabeth's safety. However, Elizabeth asked that Norrington change his mind for her, as a wedding gift. Norrington was stunned and delighted that Elizabeth had accepted his proposal, and agreed to her plea, even going so far as to ask for Jack's assistance in locating Isla de Muerta.[4]

Battle on the Dauntless

"The ship is ours, gentlemen."
―James Norrington[src]
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Commodore Norrington's victory against the pirates.
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Upon arrival at Isla de Muerta, however, Norrington was less than happy about the situation, especially since Jack Sparrow appeared to be controlling proceedings. Although Norrington agreed to wait outside the mouth of the pirate cave in order to ambush Barbossa's men as they emerged, the Commodore actually had no intention of following Sparrow's directives. Instead, he rowed out with a selection of his men to the island, leaving Lieutenant Gillette in command of the Dauntless. Because of this, Norrington remained unaware that the pirates were actually infiltrating the flagship and killing his crew. It was only when one of his crewmen managed to ring the ship's bell that Norrington realized what had happened.[4]

He ordered his men to row back to the Dauntless, where they engaged the pirates in battle. Norrington himself dueled Koehler in single combat, proving to be a match for the immortal pirate. The situation seemed hopeless until Will Turner managed to reverse the curse from within the island, thus making the pirates mortal once more. Norrington killed Koehler, and, from looking the reactions of Koehler and the other pirates, realized the curse had been lifted. As he captured Twigg, Norrington proclaimed the Dauntless was theirs once more, and cries of jubilation rang out on its decks as the surviving pirates surrendered.[4]

Return to Port Royal

"This is a beautiful sword. I would expect the man who made it to show the same care and devotion in every aspect of his life."
―James Norrington to William Turner[src]
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James Norrington at Fort Charles.
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The Commodore ordered a return to Port Royal, where the pirates would be imprisoned. Jack Sparrow was likewise captured, and sentenced for execution. Norrington himself presided over the execution ceremony at Fort Charles, and was ready to order his marines into position when Will Turner attempted his rescue of Sparrow. However, Elizabeth pretended to faint during the chaos, drawing Norrington's attention and allowing Sparrow to escape from the gallows.[4]

The Commodore finally caught up with Sparrow and Turner out on the battlements, where he was shocked by Elizabeth's decision to stand with Will, in protection of Jack against Norrington. James asked Elizabeth if this was truly her heart's desire, which she affirmed. Norrington accepted this with surprisingly good grace, though was at a loss as to what course of action to take when Sparrow escaped into the open waters. But the commodore was not entirely without a heart. Drawing his sword, Norrington approached Will and gave his compliments on his beautiful sword, expecting him to show the same care and devotion in every aspect of his life. Norrington wished Elizabeth and Will good luck, and even decided to postpone pursuit of Jack for at least another day. With that, Commodore Norrington left the scene, his stunned men following on.[4]

Hunting Jack Sparrow

"Commodore Norrington! You're out of uniform!"
"And you're out of luck, Jack Sparrow. I swore I'd bring you to justice for your pirate ways, and this time you can't count on a woman to step in and save your hide!
"
Jack Sparrow and James Norrington[src]

However, it turned out Norrington didn't have to search for Sparrow because Sparrow himself "invaded" Port Royal alone. He was quickly captured and thrown into the dungeon. When he confronted Sparrow, Norrington commented that Jack really is the worst pirate that he ever heard of. However, Jack quickly escaped, with the secret help of Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann, taking one of the cursed pirates, Scurvy Joe, with him.[7]

Once again forced to pursue Sparrow, Norrington and his men sailed for Tortuga, where they expected to find him. However, since Tortuga was oficially a French colony, Norrington and his men couldn't enter the port as members of the British Navy. After disguising themselves in civilian clothes, they found Sparrow and cornered him in one alley. However, Anamaria interrupted them, and Sparrow managed to run away. They chased him, but they were stopped by a man wearing the hat and cloak of the Governor of Tortuga. The "governor" threatened to arrest Norrington and his men as spies, but the real governor suddenly appeared, and it turned out that the imposter is actually Jack Sparrow in disguise. Using the governor's coach, Jack escaped once again, and the real governor also threatened to arrest Norrington and his men.[8]

Regaining his life

Life as a pirate

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The former commodore James Norrington in Tortuga.
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"And what's your story?"
"My story...it's exactly the same as your story, just one chapter behind. I chased a man across the Seven Seas. The pursuit cost me my crew, my commission, and my life."
"...Commodore?"
"No, not anymore, weren't you listening?! I nearly had you all, off Tripoli. I would have, if not for the hurricane."
"Lord. You didn't try to sail through it?
"
Joshamee Gibbs and James Norrington[src]

While pursuing Jack Sparrow, Norrington's ship was believed to have been destroyed by a hurricane off Tripoli. Disgraced, Norrington resigned his post and disappeared. This was good luck on Norrington's part, because no one knew where he was when Lord Cutler Beckett had appeared with a warrant for his arrest for his part in Jack Sparrow's escape.[9]

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Norrington on board the Black Pearl.
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During this time, James Norrington became a changed man, he started drinking heavily, and was found still wearing his Commodore uniform, albeit now rags, in Tortuga, in a bar where he applied for a position on the Black Pearl, to become a pirate himself. He became largely concerned with regaining his honor in any way possible, however, and about getting revenge on the people that he believed ruined his life.[9]

During his time on the Pearl Norrington did not believe Jack was telling the truth about the Chest of Davy Jones, until he actually saw the Chest and heard the heart beating within it. He seemed to have found out or guessed how Will Turner ended up on the Flying Dutchman, and also noticed the growing relationship between Jack and Elizabeth.[9]

Duel on Isla Cruces

"Lord Beckett desires the contents of that chest. I deliver it, I get my life back."
"Ah. The dark side of ambition."
"Oh, I prefer to see it as the promise of redemption.
"
―James Norrington and Jack Sparrow[src]
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James Norrington in Lord Beckett's office.
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When the Black Pearl arrived at Isla Cruces, Norrington was one of the crew chosen to accompany Jack Sparrow to shore. After a series of events including Will Turner's reappearance, Norrington became embroiled in a complicated three way sword fight with Jack Sparrow and the aforementioned Will Turner. This was further complicated by the arrival of the Flying Dutchman. Shortly afterwards, Norrington found the letters of marque and Davy Jones' heart in the boat where they had been left by Sparrow. He escaped with the empty chest, feigning a diversion so that the crew of the Black Pearl could escape. When Davy Jones' crew caught up to him, he tossed them the empty chest and fled.[9]

Choosing a Side

Admiral Norrington

"So, whoever possesses the heart of Davy Jones...commands Davy Jones."
"And with that - the
Flying Dutchman."
"You have changed the course of history, Mister Norrington.
"
Lord Cutler Beckett and James Norrington[src]
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Admiral James Norrington.
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After being found adrift at sea, Norrington presented the heart of Davy Jones, along with the Letters of Marque to Lord Cutler Beckett.[9] He regained his "life" through his newfound service to Beckett, a decision he would later come to regret. Norrington was reinstated to the Royal Navy[10] and Beckett gave him the rank of admiral for the East India Company's fleet. Now under the employ of the East India Trading Company, Norrington was given back his sword from his days as commodore. And with it, he helped command Beckett's Armada during the War Against Piracy.[11]

After Lord Beckett had become frustrated with Davy Jones for killing all his prey and leaving no survivors for interrogation, he placed Admiral Norrington in command of the Flying Dutchman in order to ensure that Jones did as commanded. He also decided to have Jones' heart placed onboard the Flying Dutchman to further ensure Jones's compliance. Norrington's marines kept a constant vigil over the heart with mini cannons, to use in case the crew attempted to take the chest.[11]

Attack on the Empress

"Thank God you're alive. Your father will be overjoyed to know you're safe."
"My father's dead."
"No, that can't be; he returned to England."
"Did Lord Beckett tell you that?
"
―James Norrington and Elizabeth Swann on Governor Swann's fate.[src]
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Admiral James Norrington aboard the Empress.

After the Empress attacked the HMS Endeavour and fled, Beckett ordered the Flying Dutchman to pursue. Norrington led the boarding party, and was reunited with Elizabeth onboard. Just then he was happy to see Elizabeth alive, as was Elizabeth, until she recalled that Norrington was now allied with her adversaries. She angrily accused him of choosing the side that murdered her father. Norrington was shocked to hear of this, and was also shocked that Elizabeth had become a pirate captain.[11]

Norrington then ordered the prisoners put into the brig and offered Elizabeth his quarters, but Elizabeth declined, choosing instead to be with her crew, and as far from Norrington as possible. Norrington pleaded with Elizabeth to understand that he did not know what atrocities Lord Beckett had ordered to be carried out, but Elizabeth would hear none of it. Norrington was otherwise stunned, as Lord Beckett—the very man who had given him his life back—had lied to him and was part of the death of a friend whom he had known since he was only a lieutenant in the British Royal Navy.[11]

Death

"Our destinies have been entwined Elizabeth, but never joined."
―James Norrington to Elizabeth Swann[src]
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James and Elizabeth share their first and last kiss.
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While Elizabeth and her crew were in the brig aboard the Flying Dutchman, James Norrington released them, stating that he's chosen their side, allowing them to make their escape. Upon reaching the rope connecting the Empress to the Dutchman, James and Elizabeth help the crew of the Empress escape the Dutchman. However, Elizabeth was still angry with Norrington. James insisted that he had no part in her father's death, stating that he lamented his other misdeeds. Finally seeing the truth, Elizabeth requested that he go with her. But before he could answer, Bootstrap Bill Turner appeared from the top deck and went on his way down.[11]

Norrington pulled out his sword and told Elizabeth to go and reluctantly said that he would follow her, Elizabeth knew that he was lying. He told Elizabeth that even though their paths have crossed, they wouldn't truly be together. After James kissed Elizabeth, Norrington was caught by Bootstrap Bill Turner, who alerted Davy Jones and his crew of a prisoner escape.
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Admiral James Norrington lying dead.
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Seeing that Elizabeth was going towards him, James fired his pistol at the restraints connecting the two ships. Elizabeth managed to escape, but Norrington was fatally wounded by Turner.[11]

Upon arriving at the scene, Davy Jones asked James Norrington if he feared death. With his last breath, Norrington speared Jones with his sword before dying. Jones took that action as a "no". Taking out Norrington's sword, Jones admired the blade and kept it for himself.[11] It is unknown what happened with Norrington's body or where Norrington ended up after death.

"Belay that!"
―James Norrington last words, to Bootstrap Bill Turner[src]

Personality and traits

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James Norrington
"Commodore Norrington is bound by the law. As are we all."
Weatherby Swann to Elizabeth Swann[src]

James Norrington was a loyal officer in service to the British Empire. He enjoyed power but wasn't as egocentric as Cutler Beckett, taking pride in his service to others before himself. Loyal service to His Majesty King George II of England had brought James Norrington respect and status. When he captained the HMS Interceptor, Norrington had chased and captured some of the Caribbean's most fearsome pirates.[5] Norrington was devoted in equal measure to eradicating piracy and to the lovely Elizabeth Swann, daughter of Governor Weatherby Swann. He was dedicated to the laws against piracy and attempted to have all pirates executed, so much as to show off the bodies of the executed pirates near the docks, hoping that this grisly spectacle will encourage passing sailors to obey the law.[12] To maintain an air of authority, an officer in the English Navy could not afford to show any emotion in front of his crew; Norrington himself had spent so many years masking his feelings that even in his personal affairs he is distant, including his feelings for Elizabeth Swann.[5]

When Norrington was promoted as commodore, he loved Elizabeth, but there were other reasons for marrying her; she could introduce him to important London families as well as the fact that when her wealthy father died, Elizabeth would inherit a small fortune. However, when Elizabeth stood by Will Turner in protecting Jack Sparrow, a pirate captured twice by his men, Norrington knew his rival in love had beaten him. But the commodore was not entirely without a heart. He accepted defeat nobly, telling Will, "This is a beautiful sword, I would expect the man who made it to show the same care in every aspect of his life."[5]

After Jack escaped from Port Royal, recapturing him became a mission that took over Norrington. He chased the pirate all over the world, until he made the fatal mistake of sailing through a hurricane. He resigned from the Navy for his foolishness and became a penniless drunk.[5] Norrington became bitter and hated Jack Sparrow for ruining his life. Though he agreed to join Jack's crew he later attempted to kill him in a three way duel with Sparrow and Will Turner over Davy Jones' heart. After Sparrow pointed out that Turner had been partially responsible for his disgrace, Norrington forgot about him and turned on Turner instead.

When he gave the heart to Cutler Beckett, Beckett gave him a position as Admiral of the East India Trading Company's Armada. However, Norrington came to regret his decision to join the EITC upon learning of Governor Swann's death in the hands of Beckett. Eventually he gave up everything, including his life, to help Elizabeth escape from the Flying Dutchman. Just before dying he stabbed Davy Jones through the shoulder with his sword to show Jones that he wasn't afraid of death.

Equipment and skills

As a notable officer of the British Navy, Norrington was always dressed in a splendid uniform. His Navy uniform consisted of white breeches, white stockings, black shoes with buckles, a white linen shirt, sleeveless waistcoat, white cravat, black tricorne trimmed with gold, as well as a blue woolen broadcloth coat. He also had another tricorne, this one trimmed with feathers, which he wore only on ceremonial occasions. He also wore a medal of the Most Honourable Military Order of the Bath, which signified his many achievements during his service to the Crown.

James Norrington wielded a sword that was crafted by Will Turner for his promotion ceremony. Though he lost this sword after his disgrace and resignation as Commodore he later regained it when he became Admiral. James was a skilled swordsman able to simultaneously fend off Jack Sparrow and Will Turner during their three way duel over the key to the Dead Man's Chest.

James also used a flintlock pistol and was an excellent marksman, able to shoot through the rope that Elizabeth Swann used to escape the Flying Dutchman even though it was dark.

Behind the scenes

  • James Norrington was portrayed by Jack Davenport in The Curse of the Black Pearl, Dead Man's Chest and At World's End.
  • In an interview, producer Jerry Bruckheimer stated that Norrington was originally slated to only appear in The Curse of the Black Pearl, but due to the positive audience reaction towards the character, and his respect for Davenport, he made him a prominent character in the sequels Dead Man's Chest and At World's End. Davenport's casting was partly because of his father Nigel Davenport who was a major character in the 1960s pirate film A High Wind in Jamaica, which both Bruckheimer and director Gore Verbinski enjoyed.
  • The character's first name "James" was first revealed in the "Accepting the Proposal" deleted scene from The Curse of the Black Pearl. James would be further made official in material relating to the sequels.
  • On the DVD commentary of The Curse of the Black Pearl, the scriptwriters revealed that Norrington was highly skilled with a sword, and was the equal of Hector Barbossa, with only Will Turner surpassing him in ability. They also revealed that Norrington was originally written as an evil character intended to join forces with Barbossa, but the idea was later used for Dead Man's Chest, where he betrays Elizabeth Swann, Will Turner and Jack Sparrow and sides with Cutler Beckett; though later regretting it.
  • While not making an appearance, Norrington's name is mentioned in Kingdom Hearts II in the Pirates of the Caribbean world. The cannons located at Port Royal bear the message, "To be used in case of pirate attack – Commodore Norrington".
  • Writer Terry Rossio considers Norrington to be a "good guy" on the basis that "a character who's good is one who would make a moral choice once they know all the facts versus a character who would knowingly make an immoral choice".
  • The music that plays during Norrington's death is the last three minutes of I See Dead People in Boats.
  • Since the release of Dead Man's Chest in 2006, several forms of merchandise have been made with Norrington such as several figures, one with his old worn Commodore uniform and the other being with his Admiral Uniform for the release of At World's End in 2007. [13][14][15]
  • Norrington had a somewhat larger role in earlier drafts of the At World's End script. This included a sort of friendship with Davy Jones, due to their mutual dislike of working for Beckett; which might explain why Jones offered a place in his crew before Norrington died.
  • Norrington has appeared in several deleted scenes from Dead Man's Chest and At World's End. In Dead Man's Chest, Norrington appeared in "Manual Labor", where he works aboard the Black Pearl, "Salvation" where Elizabeth Swann explains the story of Isla Cruces, and "The Map is Finished", which shows that after Norrington gave Beckett the Letters of Marque and the heart of Davy Jones, Beckett gave him his sword back and promoted him to the rank of admiral. At least one cut scene in At World's End with Norrington appeared to have been filmed, named "Swann Song", where Norrington dissuaded Governor Swann from stabbing the Davy Jones' heart, even after a confusion on Jones' claim that Elizabeth was dead. These scenes weren't included on the DVD release of Dead Man's Chest and At World's End, but would later be released in the POTC movie collections, which included many more deleted scenes, in 2010 and 2011.
  • In an early screenplay draft for the third film, he experiences some mutual respect for Davy Jones, both of whom see themselves as becoming obsolete in the New World. In the same draft, he also discovers the body of Governor Swann, after being shown the way by Wyvern.
  • Many fans were disappointed with how Norrington's story finished in At World's End, and so they wrote to Disney in several ways or another expressing concern.[16][17] However, because of the releases of On Stranger Tides, it is likely that Norrington will stay dead.

Appearances

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Notes and references

vdeCrew of the HMS Dauntless
Captain: Unknown captain
HMS Dauntless
Lieutenant James NorringtonJoshamee Gibbs

Captain: Commodore James Norrington
HMS Dauntless
Lieutenant GilletteTheodore GrovesMullroyMurtoggSteersmanSailorSentry

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Motley Crew
Captain: Jack Sparrow
HMS Interceptor
AnamariaCottonCotton's ParrotCrimpDuncanJoshamee GibbsKursar
LadbrocLejonMartyMatelotMoisesQuartettoTearlachWill Turner

Captain: Joshamee Gibbs
HMS Interceptor/Black Pearl
AnamariaCottonCotton's ParrotCrimpDuncanKursarLadbroc
LejonMartyMoisesQuartettoElizabeth SwannTearlachWill Turner


Captain: Jack Sparrow
Black Pearl
CottonCotton's ParrotCrippled manDuncanJoshamee GibbsGunnerHo-KwanIrish man
Jack the MonkeyKursarLadbrocLeechLejonMartyMoisesJames NorringtonNill OfrillPintel
QuartettoRagettiJohn SmithSkinny manElizabeth SwannSweepyTearlachWill TurnerVery old man


Captain: Hector Barbossa
Hai Peng
CottonCotton's ParrotTia DalmaJoshamee GibbsTai HuangJack the Monkey
MartyPintelRagettiElizabeth SwannWill Turner


Captains: Jack Sparrow / Hector Barbossa
Black Pearl
CottonCotton's ParrotTia DalmaJoshamee GibbsTai HuangJack the Monkey
MartyPintelRagettiElizabeth SwannWill Turner


Captain: Hector Barbossa
Black Pearl
CottonCotton's ParrotJack the MonkeyMartyMullroyMurtoggPintelRagetti
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vdeCrew of the Flying Dutchman
Captain: Davy Jones
Flying Dutchman
AnglerBroondjongenBrinescumCannon ArmClankerCrashElectric ArmFinneganGreenbeard
HadrasJellyJerichoJimmy LegsKelpbrainKolenikoMaccusManrayMoreyOgilveyOld Haddy
PalificoPenrodPiperQuartermasterQuittanceRatlinTorrentsTurtlemanTwo Head
UrchinUrchinfistWheelbackWyvern

Captain: Davy Jones
Flying Dutchman
AnglerBroondjongenBrinescumCannon ArmClankerCrashElectric ArmFinneganGreenbeard
HadrasJellyJerichoJimmy LegsKelpbrainKolenikoMaccusManrayMoreyOgilveyOld Haddy
PalificoPenrodPiperQuartermasterQuittanceRatlinBoostrap Bill TurnerTurtlemanTwo Head
UrchinUrchinfistWheelbackWyvern


Captain: Davy Jones
Flying Dutchman
AnglerBroondjongenBrinescumCannon ArmClankerCrashElectric ArmFinneganGreenbeard
HadrasJellyJerichoJimmy LegsKelpbrainKolenikoMaccusManrayMoreyOgilveyOld Haddy
PalificoPenrodPiperQuartermasterQuittanceRatlinBootstrap Bill TurnerWill Turner
TurtlemanTwo HeadUrchinUrchinfistWheelbackWyvern


Captain: Davy Jones (controlled by Lord Cutler Beckett)
Flying Dutchman
Admiral James NorringtonAnglerBroondjongenBrinescumCannon ArmClankerCrashElectric Arm
FinneganGreenbeardHadrasJellyJerichoJimmy LegsKelpbrainKolenikoMaccusManray
Ian MercerMoreyMullroyMurtoggOgilveyOld HaddyPalificoPenrodPiperQuartermaster
QuittanceRatlinBootstrap Bill TurnerTurtlemanTwo HeadUrchinUrchinfistWheelbackWyvern


Captain: Will Turner
Flying Dutchman
AnglerBroondjongenCannon ArmClankerCrashFinneganGreenbeardHadrasJellyJimmy LegsKolenikoMaccusManrayMoreyOgilveyOld HaddyPalificoPenrodPiperQuittanceRatlinBootstrap Bill TurnerTurtlemanTwo HeadUrchinWheelbackWyvern
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