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Despite something of a mixed critical reception, the song performed well in the charts and marked a significant departure from the more traditional style of previous Bond themes. "He's a master manipulator. [74] "Die Another Day" was nominated for Best Video from a Film at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards, but lost. [78] Wearing a circus-themed corset designed by Chanel, she and her dancers performed a Tango-like choreography to the song, while backdrops displayed an old man in his deathbed. [63], The premiere of the video took place on MTV channels worldwide on October 10, 2002, a first occurrence in the music channel's history. [22] Medium's Richard LaBeau panned the track as "overproduced and lyrically nonsensical [...] it assuredly ranks toward the bottom of any list of Bond themes and Madonna singles". They created "invisible" effects for the fighting sequences, allowing Madonna to shoot two characters. By Spencer Dukoff But the song sounded suspiciously like her," Sanders explained. As she repeats the words "Sigmund Freud", the soldiers catch her again and douse her head in icy-water. Already have an account with us? Crow’s song was one of the more poorly received in the franchise, but still managed to garner Golden Globe and Grammy nominations. [99][100], *sales figures based on certification alone^shipments figures based on certification alonesales+streaming figures based on certification alone, Theme from 2002 James Bond film Die Another Day / 2002 single by Madonna. Die Another Day is a 2002 spy film and the twentieth film in the James Bond series produced by Eon Productions.It was produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, and directed by Lee Tamahori.It is the fourth and final film to star Pierce Brosnan as MI6 agent James Bond; it was also the last film to have John Cleese as Q, and Samantha Bond as Miss Moneypenny. [6] The writing process was explained by Madonna: I hemmed and hawed about it for a while because just for that reason though. Must Be That 007", "Pop, Rock, Rap Up For 'Best Song' Golden Globe", "RAZZIE Voters 'SWEPT AWAY' by Madonna, Murphy, Britney, Benigni – And 'STAR WARS, "Ask Billboard: 'Glee'-ful About Madonna", "Madonna Chart History (Canadian Digital Songs)", "Canadian single certifications – Madonna – Die Another Day", "Gray Celebrates Big 'Day' On U.K. [28] Also negative was The Guardian's Jude Rogers, who wrote that "the 2002 Bond theme aimed for a sound of icy, imperial tyranny. This track from The Spy Who Loved Me was the first Bond theme not to be named after its corresponding film since Dr No. Or both. You can unsubscribe at any time. This was actually the secondary theme to On Her Majesty’s Secret Service – there was also a self-titled orchestral number. [68][71] According to The Sydney Morning Herald, some scholars of Judaism were riled by the Jewish religious texts and objects appearing in the video. Colombier had to create something inline the film score with "Die Another Day". [37], After its release to radio in United States, "Die Another Day" started receiving strong airplay at the major US radio stations, having been spun for more than 100 times. A 20 second from "Die Another Day", where Madonna is heard singing the chorus. James Bond themes hold a special place in the legacy of film soundtracks, and some of the greats of modern popular music, including Madonna ("Die Another Day"), Shirley Bassey ("Diamonds Are Forever" and "Goldfinger"), Carly Simon (“Nobody Does It Better”), and Paul McCartney ("Live and Let Die"), have all contributed to some of the best Bond songs of all time. It was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song and two Grammy Awards for Best Dance Recording and Best Short Form Music Video. [45], In Canada, the song debuted at number 25 on the Canadian Singles Chart, and ultimately reached the top, staying there for four weeks. [24] Ken Tucker from Entertainment Weekly criticized the song as a "flat James Bond tune" adding that it failed to become a "Madonna classic". Sign in to manage your newsletter preferences. Another iconic title song (and Bassey’s second entry to the Bond theme canon) this track was nonetheless despised by producer Harry Saltzman, allegedly due to the innuendo in the lyrics. [72] Israeli securities had advised the singer not to make the trip, but the singer continued her visit to the graves of Jewish sages as well as shrines such as Rachel's Tomb on the edge of Bethlehem, traditional burial place of the biblical matriarch Rachel. Written by Eilish and her brother … Apparently the song was not named after the film because it would have been too much of a challenge to write a song with the title Octopussy! [14] The song ends with interpolating electronic swirls and the orchestra fading out. The strings again gain prominence at around the 2:20 mark. Probably the most well-known Bond theme song in recent years, Adele recorded Skyfall shortly after the massive success of her second album 21 – and the track became a huge hit, reaching number one in 11 different countries. Madonna is shown running from the torture chamber and opens the door, as the video ends with the gun barrel sequence. [54] It was listed as the 80th best selling single of 2002 in UK. Eilish adds her name to an elite club that already includes the likes of Shirley Bassey, Paul McCartney, Duran Duran, Madonna and Adele, with many of the theme songs remaining iconic years later. [90][91] Excerpts of films by French actor Alain Delon—the main inspiration behind "Beautiful Killer"—were shown in the back drops. Ahmadzaï re-arranged "Die Another Day" at his home in Paris while Colombier finished the string sections in Los Angeles. They scratch their head and see a vision of a bearded man laughing at them. The music video was directed by Traktor, a Swedish directing team known for several TV advertisements. Additional post-production effects included composing the fight sequence as a cohesive theme, adding blood to the wounds inflicted on Madonna, and adding digital stills of windows against the greenscreen where the shots were taken. [86] Ben Kaplan from Canada.com noted that "Die Another Day", along with the performances of "4 Minutes" and "La Isla Bonita" are re-imagined as "parts of larger medleys, with Madonna giving shout-outs to techno, flamenco and old-school R&B influences". It depicts Madonna as a prisoner in a torture chamber, alternating with scenes of a fencing duel between good (clad in white) and evil (clad in black) personas of the singer. Some of the lyrics like "I'm gonna destroy my ego ... Sigmund Freud ... Analyze this" were derived from Madonna's interpretation of the film's storyline. Rooksby concluded by saying that "Die Another Day" reveals much about the decline in songwriting quality from the early Bond songs and was not much of an improvement over "The World Is Not Enough"; he said that the Sigmund Freud line was the "wittiest line" on the whole of American Life album. The black Madonna falls down and concurrently a soldier pulls the switch on the electric chair. All Time High was the theme for 1983’s Octopussy and marked a return for John Barry after an absence from For Your Eyes Only. [75] It won the "Soundtrack Video of the Year" trophy at the 2003 MVPA Awards. "Die Another Day" is the theme song from the James Bond film of the same name by American singer and songwriter Madonna. It is also considered by some to be one of the more raunchy numbers to have graced the series, with Lula warbling about villain Scaramanga’s “powerful weapon”. Madonna continues groping with the different objects in the torture chamber and dancing. Bassey’s third Bond theme had previously been offered to numerous stars including Frank Sinatra, Johnny Mathis and Kate Bush. The song was a commercial success, peaking at number eight on the US Billboard Hot 100 and was the top selling dance song in the US for both 2002 and 2003. The single was then included on her ninth studio album American Life (2003) as well as on her greatest hits compilation, Celebration (2009). It was the first Bond theme to have an accompanying music video. [44] According to Nielsen SoundScan, the song has sold 184,000 digital downloads as of April 2010, making it one of her best selling titles released before 2005, the year when downloads began contributing into calculating the ranks on Billboard Hot 100. Wounds inflicted on both fencers are mirrored on the imprisoned Madonna, and in the end she escapes being electrocuted in the chamber. The directors did not want to use too many shots for the dueling scenes, which they believed would have restricted their creative freedom. [3][4] "Die Another Day" was officially released in United States on October 22, 2002. Madonna and Ahmadzaï went through their demo tracks for American Life and zeroed on one of the songs for the film. Sterling Clover from The Village Voice explained that the ending recalled the snare drums and bass usage in songs of the microhouse genre, describing it as "cacophony of harmonic fragments". The usage of Jewish religious texts and objects in the music video led to controversy, with scholars of Judaism deeming it sacrilegious. The move was spurred by sales of 28,500 units of the CD which also put it on the top of Hot 100 Singles, becoming her third number one on the chart. So, but then I thought about it and I said, you know what? John Barry considers this track to be his weakest musical contribution to the franchise, and is the only Bond theme not to have charted in either the UK or America. "Mirwais brought Michel to me. After the September 11 attacks, Madonna was in an introspective mood and started writing songs for her next studio album, American Life, with producer Mirwais Ahmadzaï. [3] Ahmadzaï, who was already mixing and recording the other tracks for American Life, explained that the process "was often laborious but with a less-is-more philosophy that is reflected in the music's sparse arrangements." Relatively ‘classic Bond’ in style, the track was received warmly by most critics and reached number 11 in the UK charts. [76], Initial reports by The Observer suggested that Madonna would perform "Die Another Day" in front of Queen Elizabeth II at the premiere of the film in London's Royal Albert Hall, but it did not happen. Sign up to get alerts for movie news, reviews and recommendations plus receive television and entertainment email newsletters from our award-winning editorial team. [1] In the meantime, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) was filming the twentieth James Bond film, Die Another Day, directed by Lee Tamahori. An electroclash and dance-pop number, "Die Another Day" is a mixture of strings and interpolating electronic swirls, and stuttered editing on Madonna's voice, cutting the main signal on the chorus. Written by Eilish and her brother Finneas O’Connell, the latest Bond theme song has not yet been release – nor has the name of the track been officially released. [34] In a 2006 MORI poll for the Channel 4 TV show James Bond's Greatest Hits, the song was voted the ninth best out of 22, but also came in as an "overwhelming number one" favorite among those under the age of 24. [19] Sal Cinquemani from Slant Magazine considered it "forward-thinking" and believed that the record was added to American Life's track list to ensure that the album would not be devoid of a hit song. They can be chopped like real pieces of fabric. He added some more lyrics and then went to London to conduct an ensemble of 60 string players at AIR Lyndhurst Studios. It was no use being unprepared with vague ideas disguised as creativity, and there was no place to hide... First it felt like doing nonsense, then it's fun and it's something that's going to be seen. Instead, its cut-up electronics sounded half-dead". Used in the opening sequence, "Die Another Day" was played 13 minutes into the film, where Bond is shown imprisoned and being tortured for over a year in a prison camp in Korea. By entering your details, you are agreeing to Radio Times privacy policy. [88], On July 26, 2012, while on The MDNA Tour, Madonna performed an exclusive club date at L'Olympia in Paris for only 2,700 fans and mixed "Die Another Day" with the song "Beautiful Killer" from her twelfth studio album MDNA. [33] "Die Another Day" was also nominated for a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Original Song of 2002 while Madonna herself won the trophy of Worst Supporting Actress for her cameo in the film. The final shot showed the characteristic gun barrel sequence from the Bond films. As Billie Eilish releases her Bond song for No Time to Die, we look back at everyone who has recorded a Bond theme from Madonna to A-ha. The first of Bassey’s three Bond theme songs and arguably still the most iconic, this was Bassey’s only song to break the US top 40, and was named the 53rd best film song by the American Film Institute. She wrote and produced the song with Mirwais Ahmadzaï while French composer Michel Colombier was enlisted as composer. A Ranking of Every James Bond Theme Song, From Billie Eilish to Paul McCartney Including Madonna, Jack White, Shirley Bassey, and everyone in between. They wanted minimalist production for the song, but at the same time make them sound "futuristic". [68], According to author Santiago Fouz-Hernández, the video employed an identity-splitting strategy in which the two Madonnas fight each other. [77] It was not until two years later that she first performed "Die Another Day", as part of her 2004 Re-Invention World Tour. Author Lucy O'Brien wrote in her biography, Madonna: Like an Icon, that the techno composition and the stuttering vocals made it "an almost anti-Bond theme". [62] By summer 2002, he had compiled the idea for the video with Madonna's inputs in it: We received daily e-mails with feedback that was concise, unambiguous and occasionally entertaining. Billie Eilish – No Time to Die (2020) Amanda Edwards/FilmMagic. An instrumental version plays over the opening credits – the full song is first heard in the film over a radio, before playing as the closing credits roll. [62], The video was developed as an independent Madonna clip devoid of any footage from the Bond film, but was still Bond-inspired. However he was satisfied when Madonna re-wrote the chorus to make it suitable for the film. [31][32] At the 46th Grammy Awards, it was nominated in the categories of Best Dance Recording and Best Short Form Music Video, but lost both awards; the former to Kylie Minogue's "Come into My World" and the latter to Johnny Cash's "Hurt". [85] Paul Schrodt from Slant Magazine felt that the video emphasized the singer's "already-muscular arms", adding that "[u]nlike your run-of-the-mill diva, Madonna is willing to get dirty for her art, and she sometimes gets lost in her backup dancers' routine, though she's quick to remind the audience, 'I'm still the one in control'". As the breakdown happens, the soldiers bind her on the chair but she laughs, kicks and spits on them. You can unsubscribe at any time. Still one of the most iconic Bond themes, this notable track reunited McCartney with George Martin – who had produced many of The Beatles biggest hits and most famous albums. Finally, instead of grading the film print, MPC used the negatives to achieve crisper and cleaner images. It was supposed to be released on October 10, but got leaked a week prior to that to the radio stations. [4] Colombier had worked with Madonna and Ahmadzaï on her single "Don't Tell Me" from Music. It was recorded at very short notice, and for that reason Bassey has never considered it to be her own song – performing it far less frequently than her other two Bond themes. The song was to be included as the final performance in the set list, but "Holiday" was chosen instead and "Die Another Day" was included in the third segment of the show. For more information about how we hold your personal data, please see our privacy policy. But during the actual recording it did not work out as expected, prompting Madonna to grab the talkback mic and telling the crew, "It's not sexy enough, think about sex! "[81] Towards the end of the performance, Madonna's dancers tied the singer on an electric chair and as it was raised high above the stage, she started singing "Lament" from Evita. [11] Colombier explained that the final version was not the way he had structured the song, it was according to Ahmadzaï's mixing and ideas. However, ultra-orthodox Jews protested her trip, saying that Madonna disgraced the religion with her portrayal of wearing phylacteries/tefillin over her arm—a Jewish custom usually reserved for men—in the music video. [8] "Die Another Day" was never adapted into the main score of the film. At the time of its release it was the best performing Bond song ever – charting at number two in the US and nine in the UK, and being nominated for the Best Song Oscar. [39] The next week the song continued its ascent up the airplay charts, while reaching number 28 on the Hot 100 and becoming the "breakout" track on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart. Nominated for an Academy Award, this track written by Bill Conti was preferred to an alternative theme that had been recorded by Blondie. "[68] According to him, donning tefillin represented "diminution of the desire to receive and a strengthening of the desire to share. Sixty real strings, played live, became audio files in his computer. [50], In the United Kingdom, "Die Another Day" entered the UK Singles Chart at number three on November 3, 2002, being kept from the top spot by DJ Sammy's remix of Bryan Adams' 1985 single, "Heaven", and the song "Dilemma" by rapper Nelly featuring Kelly Rowland. [56] In France the song achieved silver certification from the Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique (SNEP) for shipping 125,000 copies of the single. [14] Writing for The A.V. [41] The single spent 11 weeks at number one on Hot 100 Singles, becoming her most successful entry on that chart. The music video begins with a bruised Madonna being dragged by two soldiers through a dark corridor, and thrown against a chair in a torture chamber. "Die Another Day" is the theme song from the James Bond film of the same name by American singer and songwriter Madonna. [41], "Die Another Day" was the highest charting James Bond song in the US since Duran Duran's number-one single, "A View to Kill" (1985). It featured Madonna as a boxer on screen, while two of her dancers performed a faux boxing match. Music, Dan Gennoe felt that since the songs in American Life mostly gave prominence to style over substance, "Die Another Day" as a result had become one-dimensional. Everybody wants to do the theme song of a James Bond movie, and I never liked to do what everybody else likes to do. ", "Film Review: Bang! [26][27] Variety's Todd McCarthy called the song "banal". [82] The performance of "Die Another Day" was included on Madonna's documentary live album I'm Going to Tell You a Secret (2006), which chronicled the tour. [61] In an interview with Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet, Ole Sanders from Traktor recalled that in May 2002 Madonna sent them a handwritten letter, along with a demo version of "Die Another Day". It was a major hit and was nominated for Golden Globe and Academy Awards, whilst in 2004 was listed as the 67th greatest film song ever by the American Film Institute. Billie Eilish has become the latest in a long line of musicians tasked with writing and performing a James Bond theme song – making history in the process by becoming the youngest artist in history to do so. Traktor explained that every shot of the video used some visual effects, co-ordinated by the group's lead artist, Christophe Allender. The Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman’s Bond theme for Casino Royale became arguably his best known song, and was highly praised in the media – with one critic labelling it “the best Bond theme since ‘A View to a Kill. The song was later added to the track list of American Life and was also featured on her third greatest hits album, Celebration (2009). [49] It was less successful in New Zealand, where it debuted and peaked at number 22 on the RIANZ Singles Chart, staying for a total of three weeks. It portrayed Madonna in a torture chamber as a prisoner and also fight sequences where the singer duels with herself. They laugh loudly thinking Madonna to be burnt but as the smoke clears, they see that no remnants are to be found. Kapow! The title is taken from the final words George Lazenby’s Bond utters in the film.

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