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How about Duffy - a more bubbly option, but could sound quite elegant and sharp if the theme is more uptempo (aka lulu). With some of the more modern "big names" (Madonna, Alicia Keys and Jack Black) making such a horlicks of their themes, I would hope that they would pick a good singer to sing a song, rather than work on composing it.
The opening credits of the film would not have any pictures of Lady Gaga.
Barry, have David Arnold use the classic 007 instrumental over the opening
Certainly a great idea Mr_Streling but is Arnold up to delivering something to match up to the OHMSS title music?
With the passing of Barry and the 50th the pressure on Arnold to deliver a classic soundtrack will be intolerable and it would be very difficult for anyone (even Barry himself) to step up to the plate and give us what we crave. I dont envy his task but EON have got to help him and let him be involved in selecting the artist rather than letting the studio foist someone they think is commercially viable upon us. Thats when we get disasters like DAD and Another Way to Die. If Arnold is allowed a measure of control then he can deliver a truly Bondian title song as evidenced with Surrender and You Know My Name.
As a song writer she is very good, although her abilities tend to be overlooked because of her personality and appearence.
Nina Persson (Song written by David Arnold). She sings a song written by David Arnold for tv series Theme From Randall & Hopkirk (2000). Also known from The Carpenters.
De Phazz (Germany) Lissen/Watch The Mambo Craze. Dr no style videoclip. Lissen to: My Society / Astrud Astronette.
Leonard Cohen. Lissen to: My Secret Life.
Sharleen Spiteri (Song written by David Arnold) Solo. Also know from Texas. Lissen to: All The Times I Cried, Stop, I Don't Love You Anymore, I'll See It Through (Texas)
Lady Linn. (and her Magnificent Seven) Lissen to: I Don't Wanna Dance, Love affair
Tripoli. (Belgium) Lissen to; Ain't you heard / Bye Bye.
The Blackboxrevelation. (Belgium) Lissen to: I think i like you / Never Alone, Always together
Mary J. Blige
Aretha Franklin. (If Needed song written by Bono and the edge.)
Shirley Bassey (If Needed Song written by David Arnold)
Bjork (Song written by David Arnold)
I love his version of "Cry Me a River," but I think something along the lines of his cover of "Feeling Good" would be more appropriate. I'm sure everyone remembers the song and video being thrown around before both Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace came out, but for old time's sake:
Hell, the video references vintage Bond/The Man from U.N.C.L.E. already. It is almost as if it was designed to be a Bond-song resume.
Bond 23's title will likely be announced in November when filming begins.
seriously though folks, Joss Stone. She did a great job on that computer game she did the theme for, Blood Stone was it? Very Bondian.
As for Lady Gaga I think she would be passed over because of fears that she's too of-the-moment. But despite the performance art asthetic she really does have the goods, as any of her live, just-piano-and-unmodified-voice performances show:
Not saying that the above song is what a Bond theme from her would (or should) sound like; it's just a good example that she's not a singer who needs her voice processed to sound good.