Bond Producer Recalls ‘Very Sad’ Encounter With Amy Winehouse Over Recording Song 007


Who james bond Does Barbara Broccoli, longtime producer of the 007 franchise, love singing in the shower the most?

“Oh my God, singing in the shower? I don’t know,” Broccoli laughs. “I mean, the song that resonates a lot with me is ‘We’ve Got All The Time In The World’, which is such a beautiful ballad. But singing in the shower? [Laughs] I’m not very good at singing in the shower, I must say. I don’t wake up in the morning and start humming the Bond theme in the shower, if that’s what you think!”

EW asked Broccoli about his singing habits in the shower because of the documentary The sound of 007which chronicles the history of Bond music and the firsts on First video October 5.

“It was a labor of love,” Broccoli producing partner Michael G. Wilson said of the film. “We were thinking of something to do for the 60th anniversary, and we had done different kinds of documentaries over the years, and the idea of ​​making music seemed to fit. So many great songs, and so many great performers, and so many great composers, it seemed like the time.”

Directed by Mat Whitecross, the film harkens back to the early days of the spy series, depicting how Monty Norman originally penned this famous theme for Bond’s first adventure in 1962. Dr. Noand how it was later arranged and transformed by legendary composer John Barry.

“What happened very early on was that the theme, in its various orchestrations by John, became a signature,” Wilson explains. “When that happens, it can be used to anticipate the action, or to show when Bond is going to get up and start acting, and things like that. Really, John Barry has created something quite unique and new. “

Much of the documentary, of course, details the history of Bond songs, with interviewees including Billie EilishSheena Easton, Lulu, Garbage and Duran Duran members Simon Le Bon and John Taylor. The film also tells how the two Radiohead and the end Amy Winehouse the two came close to producing tracks for the franchise. Today, Broccoli recalls sitting down with the troubled Winehouse about the proposed plan for her to record the song for 2008. Quantum of Comfort.

“Well, it was a very, very nerve-wracking encounter, she wasn’t in her best shape, and I really, wholeheartedly sympathized with her,” the producer says. “She was very emotionally fragile and, you know, you understood how she could create such moving material, because she has such a deep depth of feeling and it was very, very tragic. What an incredible talent, what an incredible voice, what an incredible person she was and it was very, very sad.”

Daniel Craig in “Quantum of Solace” and Amy Winehouse

Karen Ballard/MGM; Daniel Boczarski/Redferns Daniel Craig in Quantatum of Solace and Amy Winehouse

The Oscars have been slow to start naming Bond songs, but lately AdeleSam Smith’s “Skyfall,” Sam Smith’s “Writing on the Wall,” and Billie Eilish’s “No Time to Die” all won Oscars, much to the satisfaction of both producers.

“It’s really nice for us,” Broccoli said. “It was so awesome when Adele won, then Sam Smith, then Billie and Finneas (O’Connell, who co-wrote ‘No Time to Die’ with Eilish), so we couldn’t be happier really. A fantastic time at the Oscars for our music.”

All of that leaves just one more answer to get before EW’s mission ends. What a Bond song does Wilson like to sing in the shower?

“I have such a bad voice that I was discouraged [at] an early age to sing anywhere,” says the producer. “But certainly anything about Shirley Bassey is something you can sing about. And of course Marvin Hamlisch’s “Nobody Does is Better” is a great Bond song. ‘Live and Let Die.’ I mean, there are so many songs, you can’t choose any!”

The sound of 007 premieres on Prime Video on October 5. Watch the trailer for the documentary below.

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