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US rock star to record Bond theme

Madonna and Sir Paul McCartney have recorded past Bond themes

Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell is to write and record the theme tune to the new James Bond film, Casino Royale.

The theme for the 21st Bond film, in which Daniel Craig will debut as 007, is titled You Know My Name.

A film spokeswoman said Cornell's music was "both soulful and tough" and "the perfect complement" to the film.

Casino Royale will receive its world premiere in London on 14 November. The film is released three days later in the UK and US.

US rocker Cornell was previously the singer with Seattle rock group Soundgarden.

Bond classics

He joins a long list of famous names who have recorded songs for Bond films, including Madonna, Sir Paul McCartney, Duran Duran, Shirley Bassey, Tina Turner and Nancy Sinatra.

Craig ® stars with Eva Green (l) in the latest Bond adventure

Many of the songs from the early Bond movies have become classics, such as Bassey's Goldfinger and Sinatra's You Only Live Twice.

But recent efforts like Tina Turner's Goldeneye and Sheryl Crow's Tomorrow Never Dies have proved less enduringly popular.

Casino Royale is based on the first of Ian Fleming's celebrated spy novels.

All funds from the Royal Film Performance will go to the Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund (CTBF).

The first Royal Film Performance took place in 1946 and has been held every year since, apart from 1958.

The first film chosen was A Matter of Life and Death, starring David Niven.



Sounds interesting, i'll be interested to hear what he's come up with.


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Chris Cornell didn't just address the Audioslave rumors when he spoke to MTV via email, adding a few choice words about his contribution to the James Bond franchise, "I wasn't really sure about doing a Bond theme, because I wasn't really a big fan of the last several movies. 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."

Chris Cornell's new album with Audioslave, Revelations, featuring a song about Hurricane Katrina's devastation called "Wide Awake" will hit store shelves on September 5th and Casino Royale with the Chris Cornell theme will hit theaters on November 17th. But you don't have to wait that long to hear Chris Cornell at the multiplex. Two new Audioslave songs featuring Chris Cornell's vocals - "Shape of Things to Come" and "Wide Awake" - are both featured prominently in this week's Miami Vice.


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