Music producer Mark Ronson confirms Amy Winehouse
has completed a demo track for the "Quantum of Solace"
theme song, plus spy shots from the filming in Italy...
Production Diary (27)
28th April 2008
Back To Bond
The rumour mill has been blowing hot and cold for over a year,
but today the first direct confirmation was made: Amy Winehouse
and Mark Ronson are preparing a theme song for the upcoming James
Bond film "Quantum of Solace".
Ronson, a music producer and composer,
told the BBC that the duo are busy at work on a theme for
film, although there are no guarantees
the track will be used for "Quantum of Solace" as they
have not been officially signed up to release the song.
"Hopefully it will get used. We're working on it
and we'll see happens," Ronson said. He also confirmed
that it was singer/song-writer Amy Winehouse who was first
approached. "They asked Amy, and I think Amy said
that if she did it, she'd want to do it with me. So hopefully
will come of it."
A demo has already been completed and the pair are also
working on Winehouse's new album. "The demo sounds
like a James Bond theme, hopefully. But I don't know if
it'll get used."
"I'm sure there are loads
more really famous people that probably we're competing
with and we don't
know about. I'm not sure. But hopefully I'll still
be alive for at least 12 more Bond themes. If we don't
get this one maybe we'll
get another one."
Above: Mark Ronson and Amy Winehouse
perform at the Brit Awards, February 2008
Winehouse first hinted at the upcoming
Bond work way back in November 2006 when "Casino Royale" has
in theatres. She told reporters, "We've been in contact
with the James Bond people and hopefully that'll come off in
Producer Michael G. Wilson gave his public approval
in February 2008 when he told Total Film magazine, "[Amy] could
do a wonderful job. We’ll have to wait and see if she can
do it." But asked by reporters back
in February, Daniel Craig insisted the rumours were "way
off". Craig said, "Why is everybody ramming [the
name] Amy Winehouse out? It’s just way, way off that.
speculating about it but we’ve got other things to deal
with - there’s no point in writing the song for a movie
when we haven’t got a movie."
UK tabloid The Sun was the first to make the definitive
claim that the duo were working on a theme song at the
beginning of April, but Winehouse's
agent was quick to distance the star from the production
saying that is was only "speculation" and they were
only working on a new album (now in contradiction with Ronson's
statement). Previous theme song performers Dame
Shirley Bassey and Sir
Paul McCartney have both backed Winehouse for
the job, as well as 007 composer David
Spy Shots From Italy
Earlier this week, Italian press confirmed
MI6 reports that a scene for "Quantum of Solace" was
due to be filmed at Tower of Talamonaccio (Torre di Talamonaccio)
Tuscany. The shoot was scheduled to start on Friday 25th April
through until Sunday 27th April. Papers say that the scene was "short,
but intense". As well as action on the waves, filming took
place inside the tower, with the décor
reportedly changed to a black and white theme. Reports in
Italy suggest that the location was chosen by producer Barbara
Broccoli. The high-end villa can be rented out by tourists
for around $9,000 per week. Principal cast
members Daniel Craig, Olga
Kurylenko and Giancarlo
part. 007 was seen arriving by speedboat.
Filming at the location wrapped on Sunday and
the first spy shots of the scene have emerged. Craig and Kurylenko
were busy in action on the waves. Craig's stunt double can also
be seen in the third photo. The costumes and run-down boat match
the ones used for filming off the coast of Panama.