He serves as the secondary antagonist hero of Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, the (temporary) tetartagonist and a supporting antagonist in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, and a major character in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End.
He was portrayed by Jack Davenport.
In the first film, Norrington first serves as lieutenant in Royal Navy, carring Governor Weatherby Swann and his young daughter Elizabeth to England. He is presented when Will Turner is saved. James wants to marrie Elizabeth. He is put in charge when Elizabeth is captured.
Later he joins Jack in battle against Hector Barbossa and his crew. He is almost killed in battle, but later is saved when the curse is lifted. When Jack escapes execution again James let him go. In the second movie, Norrington is kicked out of his work for his failure to capture Jack and he is found dirty and poor. He joined Jack and is officially a pirate. Altough he still hates him. Norrington came up with a plan. Later he betrays Jack and Will and stole heart of Davy Jones and gave it to Beckett. James got the position of admiral for it.
In the third film Norrington is at his work, but he hates working under Beckett's rule. He proves himself a hero and changes sides again. He helped Elizabeth and the crew escape, only to be killed by Bootstrap Bill Turner. James meets his death with honor. When Davy Jones came to him and asked if he fear death, James with the last powers stabbed his sword into Jones in attempt to kill him, then eventually died.
Personality and traits
|“||Commodore Norrington is bound by the law. As are we all.||„|
|~ Weatherby Swann to Elizabeth Swann in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.|
As a newly minted commodore, Norrington exercised restraint in his proposal to Elizabeth who greatly underestimated his love for her. Later, when Elizabeth stood by Will Turner in protecting Jack Sparrow, a pirate captured twice by his men, Norrington knew that he could never win Elizabeth's heart. Accepting defeat nobly, he parted with the civil warning to Will, "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." making it clear he expected Will to treat Elizabeth with the utmost respect. It also showed that despite the sword widely having been believed to be crafted by John Brown, Norrington at least deduced the truth and acknowledged it and Will's talent.
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. 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.
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