Graydon Carter's Vanity Fair
has decided to publish a special issue on 007, and since this reporter has not yet purchased it he does heartily recommend that you add it to this month's reading list.
Now let's get to the music.
In a recent piece published in Dose and the Vancouver's Province
reporter Leah Collins reveals 8 secrets about the association of 2012 pop sensation Adele
with the new film. Here are four of them.
was instrumental in having her attached to the new release of the franchise, as he recently revealed in an interview with Jimmy Fallon
this week. The chanteuse was initially lukewarm about taking the "assignment".A full 77 piece orchestra recorded the epic track which debuted at Number 1 on ITunes immediately upon release at London's Abbey Road.
QUANTUM OF SOLACE
Another Way To Die
was the first Bond
theme to use a duet. The track was written produced and recorded by international noise maker Jack White
who also played drums on the track and shared vocals with the stunning Alicia Keys.
Before settling with Ms Keys to record it Amy Winehouse
was considered for the job.
Composed by David Arnold who had composed four theme songs for the franchise You Know My Name
was the first track since Octopussy
not to use the film's title in the lyrics.
The track was sung by Soudgarden/Audioslave
frontman Chris Cornell
DIE ANOTHER DAY
in a little known fact
the track was written in the key of C minor by Madge
and her co pen Mirwais Amhadzai. Michel Colombier
contributed the string arrangements.
THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH
Another great David Arnold composition
who teamed with lyricist Don Black
to create the opening theme. It is recorded by the uberavante garde
alternarock combo Garbage
created by ex Nirvana
producer Butch Vig
and features the vocals of Scottish punk rock sex symbol Shirley Manson
TOMORROW NEVER DIES
did compose along with Canadian chanteuse K.D. Lang
a prospective theme
for this picture but it was shelved
in favor of this lush and moving rendition composed by Sheryl Crow
along with Marshall Crenshaw/Crowded House
producer Mitchell Froom
die another day.
teams up with Bono and The Edge
to deliver a great theme for a film which
had taken the name of an actual intelligence op he had once run for MI6! Now that is SPOOKY!
LICENCE TO KILL
Guitar great Eric Clapton
was first approached to compose the opening because John Barry
was undergoing throat surgery. but the deal with Slowhand
fell through. Enter stage left a pipless Gladys Knight
and composer/producer Narada Michael Walden
whose opening theme still gives this reviewer the cold hard chill every time he hears it
THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS
Norwegian new wave sensations A-Ha
penned this vivid opener along with Bond stalwart John Barry
and their little boat bobbed and almost sunk over rough seas during the creative process which was rife with many fierce arguments. The results speak for themselves.
New Wave troubadours Duran Duran
who nicked their name from Roger Vadim's psychedelic classic Barbarella team with John Barry
for this smash that was top of the pops for another great Bond movie!
steps forward from the chorus of Joe Cocker
and Leon Russel's Mad Dogs and Englishmen
to deliver a beautiful rendition of John Barry
and Tim Rice's
All Time High for the 007 opener the film with the politically incorrect title.
FOR YOUR EYES ONLY
Scottish siren Sheena Easton
performs another beautiful ballad in the Bond songbook and was deemed cinematic enough to be seen performing the song during the credits.
British pop great Shirley Bassey
delivers a sweet performance of this opener by John Barry
with Burt Bacharach's
frequent lyricist Hal David
THE SPY WHO LOVED ME
penned this make-out classic with lyrics from Carole Bayer Sager
and they dropped it with vocals from Carly Simon
the publishing heiress from the book giants Simon & Schuster
. Beatle Ringo Starr
was so enamoured by Bond girl/leading lady Barbara Bach
that he married her and she remains Mrs. Starr
today. Do you think it was because he liked her photograph?
THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN
classic with a rocking performance by London's own Lulu
who had stole this reviewers heart of stone with her amazing rendition of To Sir with Love
LIVE AND LET DIE
When producer and composer extraordinaire George Martin
penned the score for this Bond
outing it was not too far a stretch for him to call the McCartney's
and their fellow Wings
in to compose the track which is credited to both Paul and Linda. This track is also widely credited as PM's
first real symphonic outing as a composer and it features ex Thunderclap Newman
guitarist the brilliant Jimmy Mcculloch
ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE
The entire soundtrack and theme for this outing are considered by many Bond fans as the franchise's best. Another great John Barry
joint. Here's the Propellerhead's
YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE
The Chairman of the Board's
daughter Nancy Sinatra
was enlisted to sing in this opener with another rich string arrangement from Barry
and lyrics from Leslie Bricusse.
team up for an excellent outing with the Welsh belter Tom Jones
, yep, that's right before he was a sexbomb the swinger was a Thunderball!
Another fine performance by Shirley Bassey
penned by Barry/Bricusse
with a little help from their friend Anthony Newly
Here's another great joint from Bassey
with her pals
FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE
penned this easy listening classic for crooner Matt Munroe
to perform in Bond's
Composed by Monty Norman
and performed by The John Barry Orchestra
The crazy jazz montage is paid hommage by cinematic visionary and genius David Lynch
in the opening his dark classic Mulholland Drive
The Woody Allen
penned spoof staring Peter Sellers
with a score composed by Burt Bacharach
and played by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass
also featured the chart busting hit The Look Of Love
sung by the immortal (and sometimes immoral) Dusty Springfield
with lyrics by Hal David