Wednesday, July 18, 2007
A recent issue of Video Watchdog had Tim Lucas giving a fantastic look at the newest James Bond flick CASINO ROYALE. I was pretty blown away by the newest Bond and thought that it was a real series high and easily the best since THE SPY WHO LOVED ME way back in 77. Tim's review of the film was spot on including his praise of Eva Green who quickly placed herself among the great Bond Girls with her fascinating turn as Vesper Lynd, and of course Daniel Craig's intense performance really revitalized the series.
I think the one thing Tim liked more than I did about CASINO ROYALE was Chris Cornel's theme song YOU KNOW MY NAME. As a song I like it quite a bit and while it has grown on me on repeated viewings I still don't think it has the sweeping nature of the best Bond themes. As they are preparing the newest Bond thriller I have been thinking a lot on who would be an ideal candidate to deliver a Bond title track with the same sort of majestic power as some of the originals, so I thought I would throw out a few that I think could deliver the goods.
The Trip Hop revolution that Massive Attack kick started back in the early nineties with the album BLUE LINES was tailor made for the James Bond franchise so I have always thought it funny that te series ignored the genre for the most part and instead chose people like Sheryl Crowe and Madonna for some recent themes.
The recently reunited Portishead could deliver a stunning Bond theme and they are near the top of my list of ideal groups for the job. With Beth Gibbon's astonishing vocal styling and their love of spy and European films from the sixties, Portishead could really add an element of cool to the Bond credits that hasn't been felt in a long time.
Another Trip Hop group that could do wonders with the song would be the underrated Belgium act Hooverphonic. Lead singer Geike Arnaert is one of the smartest and most stylish singers on the planet and Hooverphonics's textured and string heavy electronica would fit the series perfectly.
To give the film a more European feel a French teaming between brother and sister act Benjamin Biolay and Coralie Clement would be most interesting. Even more fitting perhaps would be Francoiz Breut, whose last album at times sounded like the soundtrack to some hyper kinetic lost sixties spy thriller.
The series could go the way of ON HER MAJESTIES SECRET SERVICE and surprise everyone with a more standards oriented singer like Diana Krall or even someone like Tony Bennett but I think the series needs to continue it more progressive stance...which brings me to me my main nominee for who should sing the new James Bond theme.
Since making her debut with her band Goldfrapp in 2000, London born Alison Goldfrapp has released three of the most remarkable albums of the decade and has single handily resurrected the best aspects of Glam Rock and Electronica. Clever, cool, sexy, sensual and possibly Marc Bolan reincarnated Alison could record a stunningly alive and memorable new James Bond theme. I have no doubt that given the opportunity, Goldfrapp would deliver one of the great James Bond title tracks. Whether or not the producers are savvy enough to recognize it remains to be seen.
Cornel's YOU KNOW MY NAME was definitely a step in the right direction after Madonna's atrocious DIE ANOTHER DAY. I hope whoever gets the coveted role, Amy Winehouse has been rumored, considers the legacy of great songs that the series has delivered in the past. Whatever act the track is handed to has some big shoes to fill, lets hope a good choice is made.