According to the Belfast Telegraph, ’70s crooner Tony Christie says he is writing the title track to the next James Bond film, Casino Royale.
“So I’m watching all the old Bond films,” Christie said. “My writing partner Peter Callendar and I are getting in the mood for the kind of big ballad that will stir the audience before the action starts.”
The British-born Christie, whose hits include “Las Vegas”, “I Did What I Did For Maria” and “Is This The Way To Amarillo”, is headed to Belfast in December on-tour. Earlier this year he released a greatest hits album that included four new tracks.
The report did not indicate whether Christie would also record the title track. Despite the fact his name has been connected with the film’s title song in the past, it must also be noted that Christie may be penning a track for submission to the film’s producers for their consideration. Pulp, Saint Etienne and Swan Lee all submitted tracks for Tomorrow Never Dies, Straw composed a track for The World Is Not Enough, whilst Red Flag crafted one for Die Another Day. All were ultimately vetoed and have since emerged on the web or as B-sides.
Three-time Bond composer David Arnold is set to return for Casino Royale, however he only co-wrote the title song to The World Is Not Enough (his title track to Tomorrow Never Dies was shifted to the end titles and his end titles track to Die Another Day was never even recorded).
Stay tuned to CBn for the latest news on Casino Royale.