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Amy Winehouse was originally going to sing the James Bond Quantum of Solace theme song

Mark Ronson had also worked on the track

Jack Shepherd
Tuesday 24 November 2015 17:37 GMT
Amy Winehouse
Amy Winehouse (Getty)

Amy Winehouse was lined up to sing the James Bond theme song for 2008’s Quantum of Solace, according to composer David Arnold.

Interviewed for the new book Some Kind of Hero: The Remarkable Story of the James Bond Films, by Matthew Field and Ajay Chowdhury, he revealed that the singer was set to perform the song in collaboration with Mark Ronson.

The producer had put together a number of layers for the track which sounded like a “contemporary post-sixties piece”.

Arnold said: “I’d sketched out an idea musically, and I didn’t want to really do a lyric, because I thought [Amy’s] got to sing it so it would be a good idea for her to write it. She had notes. Mark Ronson put together a rough track with a couple of layers.

“His love for [longtime Bond film composer John] Barry, the period and obviously with Amy’s style was coming out as a contemporary post-sixties piece. It was all the more upsetting when she couldn’t finish it, because I think it would have been something really special. Sadly it wasn’t to be.”

The final theme song, titled "Another Way to Die", was performed by White Stripes frontman Jack White and Alicia Keys.

Pierce Brosnan also revealed in the book how the producers unceremoniously dropped him from the James Bond role, describing the experience as being “kicked to the kerb”.

Brosnan has recently revealed how he believed Spectre, featuring Daniel Craig, was too long.

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