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The James Bond rumor topic

Posted: Tue Aug 11, 2020 10:02 pm
by Mona Lisa
Hi all,
I remember that in the old forum there was a recent talk about a mysterious James Bond song. Someone, or several people, once heard or read that Brian (or was it Queen?) had written a song for a James Bond movie.
As I remember, I think we had no proof of such interview.
So I created this topic to discuss about it :)
Was it during the Queen era? Or a Brian solo song afterwards?
Often, people guessed about Was it all worth it.
Now that the Miracle box set is coming, maybe we'll know more about that song, and maybe we'll hear about this rumour.


I don't know if someone already tried to mix the two songs :p the beginning of the Golden Eye song could be melted into a faster version of Was it all worth it .... (if you think it's all worth it, I would love to hear that :p )

Re: The James Bond rumor topic

Posted: Wed Aug 12, 2020 11:37 am
by Generic username
In these situations, I prefer to start with the source, and other than a quite from Brian saying " they never asked and they should have", I can't find anything.

That doesn't mean that they didn't submit songs which got rejected, but it does, in my view, point in that direction.

So, while "people on forums" are interesting to talk to, they're not a reliable source of facts!

My opinion is that if Brian had submitted a song, it would be a solo song - if Queen had submitted a song, THAT would be the story. Given the Another World album is virtually a compilation of ideas from other media (Business is from TV, title track was for Sliding Doors, Cyborg from a video game, etc), then that's where I'd be looking for a rejected Bond theme.

Re: The James Bond rumor topic

Posted: Wed Aug 12, 2020 2:31 pm
by Sir Didymus
I believe the rumour originated from a member of a-Ha saying that they'd been chosen over bands like Queen, who had also submitted a song. This pegs it squarely in 1986/87-ish for The Living Daylights... which is why people then turned to "Was It All Worth It" as a possible candidate as the most Bond-Theme like song to feature on a post-86 album.

Years ago, on my long since defunct and inaccessible YouTube channel, I made this...



Now, "Generic username" raises a point... if Brian had submitted a song circa Another World, he'd be one of the many, many, names who submitted a song for Tomorrow Never Dies. IIRC, the likes of Pulp, Space, David McAlmont, Marc Almond and St Etienne were all turned down in favour of kd Lang, whose song was then relegated to the end credits in place of Sheryl Crow... there were probably countless others in the mix for that one too.

Re: The James Bond rumor topic

Posted: Wed Aug 12, 2020 11:50 pm
by Mona Lisa
Thanks for the answers, and now I remember that you talked about a-Ha on the old forum!

Re: The James Bond rumor topic

Posted: Sun Oct 25, 2020 3:36 pm
by agkelly
There was talk for years that the director at the time was a massive Queen fan and that he was supposedly keen to get Queen to do it (however at the time, there was no Queen+anyone.

I know the Queen sound would be perfect for a Bond theme, and with Adam Lambert on board these days, I'd like to think there's still room for them to give it a red hot crack. I mean, they dug up Madonna for Die Another Day (albeit it was the most horrendous Bond theme ever), so they don't always have to use the flavour of the moment (or continue to rehash Adele!).

Re: The James Bond rumor topic

Posted: Sun Oct 25, 2020 4:06 pm
by Generic username
If the time was 1989, then there WAS a Queen.

If there was no Queen, then there's no source of any possibility.

But more often than not, the Bond theme has gone to someone popular at the time, especially since 1985.

Re: The James Bond rumor topic

Posted: Mon Oct 26, 2020 12:47 pm
by agkelly
Generic username wrote: Sun Oct 25, 2020 4:06 pm If the time was 1989, then there WAS a Queen.

If there was no Queen, then there's no source of any possibility.

But more often than not, the Bond theme has gone to someone popular at the time, especially since 1985.
True, but again I refer you to Madonna in 'Die Another Day'.

Re: The James Bond rumor topic

Posted: Mon Oct 26, 2020 8:03 pm
by Generic username
Good grief, I get you don't like either her, the song, or both, but you can't claim she was unpopular.

Her preceding studio album had sold 4m copies in less than a year, she'd had a million selling greatest hits album as well, and the producers would have been told that she had a new album imminent as well, meaning that her fairly loyal fanbase would make it a hit.

Re: The James Bond rumor topic

Posted: Tue Oct 27, 2020 11:33 am
by Leigh Burne
Yeah, as shit as her song was, it came squarely in the middle of Madonna's noughties resurrection.

Personally, I've never thought "Was It All Worth It" sounds even remotely suitable as a Bond song, so if they ever did submit it, I'm not surprised the producers didn't go with it.

Re: The James Bond rumor topic

Posted: Tue Oct 27, 2020 1:19 pm
by agkelly
Generic username wrote: Mon Oct 26, 2020 8:03 pm Good grief, I get you don't like either her, the song, or both, but you can't claim she was unpopular.

Her preceding studio album had sold 4m copies in less than a year, she'd had a million selling greatest hits album as well, and the producers would have been told that she had a new album imminent as well, meaning that her fairly loyal fanbase would make it a hit.
True, I don't like the song. But my point was that she wasn't exactly the latest young singer/band around at the time. There is a place for the older artists still in the Bond movies.