Chris Cornell to write 007 tune
It was announced this week by producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. and Sony Pictures Entertainment, that Chris Cornell, the singer/songwriter behind SOUNDGARDEN, AUDIOSLAVE and TEMPLE OF THE DOG, has written, in collaboration with Bond composer David Arnold, and will perform the main title song, entitled “You Know My Name”, for the new James Bond adventure “Casino Royale”.
Daniel Craig stars as the new “007″ in “Casino Royale”, directed by Martin Campbell. The film will be released worldwide by Columbia Pictures on November 17, 2006.
The acclaimed singer-songwriter, whose upcoming release with AUDIOSLAVE marks the 11th album of his career, has also enjoyed success with the groups SOUNDGARDEN and TEMPLE OF THE DOG, as well as his own critically acclaimed solo album in 1999, “Euphoria Morning”. In addition, he has collaborated with such groups as ALICE IN CHAINS and made contributions to other soundtracks.
“I’ve always loved Chris’ work, both as a writer and as an artist, and had hoped someday to find the right film to inspire him,” said Lia Vollack, President, Worldwide Music for Columbia Pictures. “His music is both soulful and tough. It was the perfect complement to Daniel Craig and ‘Casino Royale’.”
Cornell joins such distinguished performers as Madonna, Sheryl Crow, Paul McCartney and WINGS, Carly Simon, Shirley Bassey, Tom Jones, Tina Turner, Gladys Knight, Sheena Easton, DURAN DURAN and GARBAGE who have performed title songs for previous James Bond adventures, though he will be among the select few who have both written and performed an “007″ title song (others include McCartney and WINGS, Crow and Madonna). Other songs were written by composers as varied as Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse, Lionel Bart, John Barry, Bono and The Edge and Marvin Hamlisch.
Daniel Craig stars as “007″ James Bond, the smoothest, sexiest, most lethal agent on Her Majesty’s Secret Service in “Casino Royale”. Based on the first Bond book written by Ian Fleming, the story, which has never been told on film until now, recounts the making of the world’s greatest secret agent.
James Bond’s first “007″ mission leads him to Le Chiffre (Mads Mikkelsen), banker to the world’s terrorists. In order to stop him, and bring down the terrorist network, Bond must beat Le Chiffre in a high-stakes poker game at Casino Royale. Bond is initially annoyed when a beautiful British Treasury official, Vesper Lynd (Eva Green), is assigned to deliver his stake for the game and watch over the government’s money. But, as Bond and Vesper survive a series of lethal attacks by Le Chiffre and his henchmen, a mutual attraction develops leading them both into further danger and events that will shape Bond’s life forever.
Chris Cornell has shot down rumors that AUDIOSLAVE’s forthcoming, Brendan O’Brien-produced album “Revelations” will be the singer’s last with the band, as he has been working on material for his first solo album in more than seven years.
“We hear rumors that AUDIOSLAVE is breaking up all the time,” Cornell explained to MTV.com. “Even in the beginning, when we were having business problems, and we weren’t necessarily going to be a band, we were still going to put out a record. We made a record and we loved it. I think that’s where it starts — the idea that we sort of started on shaky ground. You would hope that by now, putting out our third record, people wouldn’t be thinking that way or be worried about it. But it comes up. I always just ignore it.”
What Cornell didn’t ignore was an offer from the producers of the forthcoming James Bond film “Casino Royale” to pen the movie’s theme song. But he admits that, at first, he wasn’t so sure it was a gig he wanted.
“I wasn’t really sure about doing a Bond theme, because I wasn’t really a big fan of the last several movies,” he said. “And then I heard that there was going to be a new guy — Daniel Craig — who was going to play Bond. And he’s so different. I have seen him in several movies, and I was kind of intrigued. So I went to Prague, where they were shooting the movie, and they showed me a rough edit of it. I was just completely blown away by it, because it’s unlike any Bond film ever, really. [Craig] is an actor’s actor, and there’s emotional content to [the movie]. He’s not like the swaggering, winking sort of super-agent guy. He’s like a human being in this movie, and it’s going to completely readjust the way people think of the character.”