Madonna will perform a song for the next James Bond film but will not be acting in it, her publicist said on Friday. The pop superstar had been tipped by the British media to make a cameo appearance alongside Irish lead Pierce Brosnan in the latest 007 spy caper.
“She is doing a song for the film but she won’t be acting,” Madonna’s spokeswoman in London said. “We don’t know if it will be the title song yet.”
Madonna clinched the deal after holding talks this week with Eon Productions, the 007 film’s maker, at Pinewood Studios, the Mirror tabloid newspaper reported.
Madonna, who starred in “Evita,” “Dick Tracy” and “Desperately Seeking Susan,” was said to be thrilled.
She joins a long line of famous names who have recorded songs for Bond films, including Paul McCartney, Tina Turner and Nancy Sinatra.
Work on “Bond 20”- the film has yet to be officially named – began in January at Pinewood Studios near London.
Pierce Brosnan makes his fourth appearance as Bond alongside co-star Halle Berry, the U.S. star of “Swordfish” and “X-Men.”
Directed by New Zealand-born Lee Tamahori, the latest Bond episode will open with a dramatic hovercraft chase in the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea.
The action continues in Hong Kong, Cuba, Iceland and London with the usual mix of high-speed chases, explosions and bikini-clad Bond girls.
Bond’s nemesis will be a North Korean general played by Rick Yune, a former male model and martial arts expert.
The film marks the 40th anniversary of the popular series which began in 1962 with “Dr No,” starring Sean Connery.