Music - GoldenEye
Music By: Eric Serra
James Bond Theme: Monty Norman
Main Theme Performed By: Tina Turner
Main Theme Written By: Bono and The Edge
Album Label: EMI / Virgin
Single Label: Parlophone / Virgin
Highest Chart Position: 2 (France)
"Stand By Your Man" by Billy Sherril and
Tammy Wynette performed by Minnie Driver (heard in Zukovsky's
The soundtrack to the 17th James Bond film by EON Productions was composed
by Éric Serra, best known for his collaborations with French
director Luc Besson on Le Femme Nikita, The Professional, The Fifth
Element, and The Big Blue.
The most prolific composer of the Bond
series, John Barry, reportedly turned down an offer to
return, feeling the 80's and 90's films had become imitations
and were too formulaic.
Serra composed and performed a number
of synthesizer tracks, including the version of the James
Bond Theme that plays during the gun barrel sequence, while
John Altman and David Arch provided the more traditional
symphonic music. It was released on CD by EMI on November
Above: Album cover artwork (top)
and the "GoldenEye" CD single sleeve.
"I was a big fan of James Bond when I was
a kid. I have seen the movies at least 10 times each. It was
to be hired to compose for this series as it's such a legend.
The first cues I composed were a real surprise, even to me, because
when I saw the footage put to the music it suddenly gave James
Bond a really new thing. I don't have a special approach because
it's a special movie - I think each movie I've scored has been
special to me." - Eric Serra
Serra's score is often slammed by Bond
fans and received a mauling by critics at the time of release,
and is considered
the farthest departure from a traditional Bond score in
the series history. Whilst the use of synthesizers was
met with disdain by almost everyone except his ardent fans,
Serra did manage to use his usual London Session Studio
Orchestra for the romantic scenes in the movie. The Bond
motif is only used twice in the score - the least in the
franchise except 'Casino Royale' where David Arnold
deliberately teased listeners until the final scene. Serra
also neglected to use anything from the movie's title song.
The producers later hired the score's conductor John Altman
to provide the music for the tank chase in St. Petersburg.
Serra's original track for that sequence can still be found
on the soundtrack as "A Pleasant Drive In St. Petersburg".
The incidental music for the film has thus far been the
only collaboration on a James Bond film. Altman's track
was not included on the CD release.
The theme song, "GoldenEye", was written by Bono and
The Edge of Irish rock band U2, and was performed by Tina Turner. The Swedish group
Ace of Base were also involved at one point,
producing a song also called "GoldenEye".
The song was written especially for Turner
by Bono and The Edge of U2 when they learned that she had
been offered to sing the theme to the upcoming Bond movie,
and the track was produced and mixed by renowned British
producer/remixer/composer Nellee Hooper, best-known for
his work with Massive Attack, Madonna, U2 and Björk.
The GoldenEye theme became one of the highest-charting
hit singles of Turner's career, reaching #10 on the UK
Singles Chart and a Top 5 hit in most European countries.
It as released as a cassette and CD single by Parlophone
in the UK and Virgin in the US. Prominent DJ, David Morales,
has performed a club remix of the song, while record producer
Dave Hall has provided a more urban flavour on his remix,
both versions were included on the European 4 track CD
single. "GoldenEye" was released on the
original motion picture soundtrack and the following year
it was included on Turner's album Wildest Dreams.
The film features the song "Stand
By Your Man" by
Tammy Wynette. The song is performed in the film by Minnie
Driver in the scene
in which Bond confronts Zukovsky. Intended to be a comic
moment, Driver intentionally sings the song off-key in
an exaggerated Russian accent.
||Single Chart Tracker|
|European Top 100
|US Hot 100
1. "GoldenEye" – Tina Turner
2. "The GoldenEye Overture: Half of Everything Is Luck/The
Other Half Is
Fate/For England, James"
3. "Ladies First"
4. "We Share the Same Passions: The Trip to Cuba/The Same Passions"
5. "Little Surprise for You: Xenia/D.M. Mishkin"
6. "The Severnaya Suite: Among the Dead/Out of Hell/The Husky Tribe"
7. "Our Lady of Smolensk"
8. "Whispering Statues: Whispers/Two Faced"
9. "Run, Shoot, and Jump"
10. "A Pleasant Drive in St. Petersburg"
11. "Fatal Weakness"
12. "That's What Keeps You Alone"
13. "Dish out of Water: A Good Squeeze/The Antenna"
14. "The Scale to Hell: Boris and the Lethal Pen/I Am Invincible"
15. "For Ever, James"
16. "The Experience of Love" – Eric Serra
Total Time: 54:34
Theme Song Versions
1. Soundtrack album version/Wildest Dreams
album version (U.S.) - 4:43
2. Single Edit/Wildest Dreams album version (Europe) - 3:31
3. A/C Mix - 4:02
4. Urban A/C Mix by Dave Hall - 4:58
5. Club Edit by David Morales - 4:02
6. Morales Club Mix - 10:00
7. Morales 007 Dub - 9:37
8. Morales Dub Of Bond - 5:36
9. Video Edit - 3:20