I had heard a previous rumour that aged rockers Duran Duran were tipped to record the all-important title tune, so becoming only the second artist to have recorded more than one Bond theme song. But the tradition of Bond themes has (almost) always been to use an artist who is currently big among young people whose purchase of 45s is recorded in the Hit Parade, so that would seem to exclude Duran Duran for most of the past 20 years. Talk about dodging the zeitgeist.
I just hope they write a decent, iconic theme. Chris Cornell’s “You Know My Name” was a stormer and a huge improvement on the bland instantly-forgettable theme songs from all four of its predecessors (Bassey apparently turned down the chance to perform the Bono composition “Goldeneye” because she didn’t think it was strong enough. She was right, and singing duties fell to the uninspiring Tina Turner). I mean, who can even remember the meolody of “Tomorrow Never Dies” or “The World Is Not Enough”? As for Madonna’s “Die Another Day”, that’s memorable for all the wrong reasons.