Madonna’s no beautiful stranger to spy films – she’s acted up a storm as Breathless Mahoney in 1990’s “Dick Tracy” and contributed one song to the 1999 spy spoof “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me.” Now she’s going for the real thing – shaken, not stirred – with the title track to the 20th James Bond film, “Die Another Day.”
“We are thrilled that Madonna, who is recognized as the world’s most exciting songwriter and performer, has agreed to compose and sing the song for the first James Bond movie of the new millennium,” said the film’s team of producers in a statement Friday. “She has an excellent feel for writing and performing music in films and we are proud she will contribute her talents to ‘Die Another Day.’ ”
Madonna had been in talks with MGM for over a month to contribute a song to the film’s soundtrack, and now that negotiations are over, she’s heading into the studio next week to record the tune. It won’t necessarily carry the same title as the movie, despite it being the “title” song, her spokesperson, Liz Rosenberg, said.
There’s still a question of whether or not Madonna might have a cameo in “Die Another Day.” Rosenberg said the singer/actress is interested in having a bit part, and since she’s committed to the play “Up for Grabs,” which opens in London’s West End in May, she’s trying to figure out a way to do both. Since the spy caper is shooting on location in Hawaii, Hong Kong, Spain, Iceland and London, Madonna might be able to meet up with the production on a European shoot.
Madonna will be joining a healthy list of past James Bond title trackers, including Duran Duran (“A View to a Kill”), Garbage (“The World Is Not Enough”), Tina Turner (“Goldeneye”), Sheena Easton (“For Your Eyes Only”), Paul McCartney and Wings (“Live and Let Die”), and the queen of Bond titles, Shirley Bassey (“Goldfinger,” “Diamonds Are Forever”).
Her past soundtrack contributions, outside of the Grammy Award-winning “Beautiful Stranger” from “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me”, include “You Must Love Me” from “Evita,” “This Used to Be My Playground” from “A League of Their Own,” “Who’s That Girl?” from the film of the same title, “Live to Tell” from “At Close Range,” “Into the Groove” from “Desperately Seeking Susan,” and “Crazy for You” from “Vision Quest.”
Madonna has returned to acting not only in “Up for Grabs,” but also in “Love, Sex, Drugs & Money,” the upcoming film by her husband, Guy Ritchie. The movie was formerly called “Swept Away”.
“Die Another Day,” which stars Pierce Brosnan and Halle Berry, is scheduled to open Thanksgiving weekend, November 22.