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Amy Winehouse or Beyonce to sing new James Bond theme for ‘Quantum of Solace’?

May 26, 2008 |  9:57 am

There are conflicting reports out of the U.K. this weekend over whether recent Grammy sweeper Amy Winehouse or the diva she trounced in the top award contest, Beyonce, will sing the theme tune for "Quantum of Solace," the 22nd film in the James Bond film series.

While Amy Winehouse continues to battle her own personal demons publicly, it looks like she's squaring off against Beyonce in a post-Grammy rematch. Despite being temporarily barred from entering the United States when the Grammys occurred back in February, fiesty Winehouse appeared via satellite and nabbed five awards, including three of the top four trophies: best new artist plus record and song of the year ("Rehab"). In the best-record fight, she nabbed it from Beyonce, who was nommed for "Irreplaceable" and has not yet won the prize throughout her career.


Now here's the dish on their possible new clash. First, the Bond scoop on that beehive-wearing battle ax. On Sunday, Winehouse told the London Daily Star, "I’ve done loads of Bond songs. There are loads of good ones I’m really happy with. I don’t know what is wrong with them or what the problem is, to be honest. It’s there, ready and done, and it’s up to them if they want it or not."

The news report adds, "Pals say the main track up for consideration is a big Shirley Bassey, '60s-type number. Record company bosses are pleased with the 'surefire hit.' But Bond chiefs are still dithering." As the paper explains via a source: "It’s at a delicate stage. Amy is still seen as damaged goods — she will have to prove she’s on the road to recovery before she’s signed up."

This would explain the story in the Sunday Express touting Beyonce as the new voice of the Bond movie due out October 31. "Music industry insiders say the former Destiny’s Child singer has become firm favorite after first choice Amy fell off the rails. But whether or not Beyonce, 26, records the theme will be down to Barbara Broccoli, daughter of the late Bond producer Cubby." To help her decide, she may well watch a tape of Beyonce singing the nominated track "Patience" from "Dreamgirls" at the Oscars last year.

Regardless of which woman does the singing, this song could be the best shot at an Academy Award nomination for a Bond movie theme in years. Surprisingly, neither of Shirley Bassey's big hits, "Goldfinger" or "Diamonds are Forever," got an Oscar nod. It would take former Beatle Paul McCartney and his 1973 title track for "Live and Let Die" to get any respect from the music branch of the academy. The song lost to "The Way We Were."

The Bond producers signed up that song's composer, Marvin Hamlisch, to handle music duties on "The Spy Who Loved Me" in 1977. Alas, while he got a nod for the song "Nobody Does It Better" (sung by Carly Simon), it lost to "You Light Up My Life" while his score was bested by "Star Wars."


The last nod came in 1981 with "For Your Eyes Only" composed by Bill Conti, oftentimes conductor at the Academy Awards. Sheena Easton performed the number at the Oscars in one of those "so bad it is good" production numbers. While the song lost to the theme from "Arthur," it did provide presenter Bette Midler with a memorable Oscar moment as she riffed on the nominees, including this dig: "'For Your Eyes Only,' and they weren't kidding, I couldn't watch a single frame."

To read the rest of the Daily Star Sunday report - CLICK HERE

To read the rest of the Sunday Express report - CLICK HERE