“… until the world falls away …”

Jon Burlingame

in The Music of James Bond

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199863303
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979981 | DOI:
“… until the world falls away …”

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Brosnan continued as Bond, but as studio MGM-UA exercised greater control over the music of the Bond films, a new strategy was employed for the 1997 film: A “cattle call” of many different rock and pop writers and performers, seeking “demos” of possible themes for the new Bond film. Sheryl Crow wound up the winner, co-writing (with Mitchell Froom) and singing the title song. Meanwhile, when negotiations with John Barry broke down, British composer David Arnold (who had enjoyed a massive hit with the Grammy-winning score for Independence Day) was finishing an album of covers of Bond tunes and that led to being signed to score Tomorrow Never Dies: A major Barry fan, he continues in the Barry-Bond tradition but updates the sound with fresh-sounding synthesizer textures. And he hires veteran Bond lyricist Don Black to add words to his own theme, which becomes “Surrender“ and is sung over the end titles by K.D. Lang.

Keywords: John Barry; David Arnold; Don Black; Sheryl Crow; Mitchell Froom; Tomorrow Never Dies; k.d. lang; Surrender; Shaken and Stirred

Chapter.  4069 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Popular Music ; American Music

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