The Bond producer met Amy Winehouse for the theme Quantum of Solace.

Amy Winehouse in 2007

Amy Winehouse in 2007
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Although James Bond movies are currently on hold Following Daniel Craig’s departure as 007 last year, it’s still the 60th anniversary of Britain’s most famous spy coming to the big screen. Alongside the milestone, Prime Video is releasing the documentary The sound of 007 next month, which explores the franchise’s music through the decades.

The film looks back on the scores and theme songs that have become iconic parts of the popular series. Over the years, the spy films have featured contributions from the likes of Louis Armstrong, Duran Duran, and Paul McCartney & Wings.

The Sound of 007 – Official Trailer | Prime video

Of course, there are also the Bond issues that didn’t happen. Radiohead’s “Spectre” was scrapped in favor of Sam Smith’s “Writing On The Wall,” which later won an Oscar and inspired the whole thing the singer found himself in didn’t know who Thom Yorke was.

At one point, Amy Winehouse was asked to do a theme for her Quantum of consolation. In 2008, the singer was at the peak of her fame; her album Back to black had topped the charts, and her cover of the Zutons’ “Valerie,” produced by Mark Ronson, was also a hit. However, Winehouse’s personal struggles were also exposed, and she suffered far too publicly until her death in 2011 at the age of 27.

“Well that was a very, very distressing meeting, she wasn’t at her best and my heart really went out to her,” says Bond producer Barbara Broccoli in an interview with Weekly entertainment. “She was emotionally very fragile and you understood how she could create such moving material because she has such 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.”

Finally, Jack White and Alicia Keys performed “Another Way To Die”. Quantum of consolation. The sound of 007 Premiered on Prime Video on October 5th. The Bond producer met Amy Winehouse for the theme Quantum of Solace.

Andrew Schnitker

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