"GoldenEye" - Various Artists
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- "GoldenEye" (Soundtrack Version) - Tina Turner (04:50)
Full Track Listing:
- Goldeneye – Tina Turner (4:50)
- The Goldeneye Overture – Eric Serra (4:21)
- Ladies First – Eric Serra (2:44)
- We Share the Same Passions – Eric Serra (4:48)
- A Little Suprise for You – Eric Serra (2:01)
- The Severnaya Suite – Eric Serra (2:05)
- Our Lady of Smolensk – Eric Serra (1:02)
- Whispering Statues – Eric Serra (3:25)
- Run, Shoot, and Jump – Eric Serra (1:04)
- A Pleasant Drive in St. Petersburg – Eric Serra (4:31)
- Fatal Weakness – Eric Serra (4:46)
- That’s What Keeps You Alone – Eric Serra (3:14)
- Dish Out of Water – Eric Serra (3:56)
- The Scale to Hell – Eric Serra (3:44)
- For Ever, James – Eric Serra (2:00)
- The Experience of Love – Eric Serra (5:53)
The 1995 movie “GoldenEye” was a high profile relaunch of the James Bond franchise, and the first film with Irishman Pierce Brosnan in the title role as James Bond. It was the seventeenth film in the James Bond series. The movie was a huge success for the Bond-series. The title track of the film, “GoldenEye” was performed by Tina Turner, and written by Bono and the Edge. The movie was named for Bond creator, Ian Fleming’s estate “Goldeneye” located in Jamaica. The estate was sold in 1977 to Island Records executive Chris Blackwell, and U2 has been known to have stayed at the estate in the past, and where Bono had his honeymoon.
Bono and The Edge were approached to write the title track for the new Bond movie, “Goldeneye” and while they agreed to write the song, they declined to perform the song. Bono worked with The Edge to compose “GoldenEye”. It was suggested that Tina Turner would be the perfect vocalist for the song but she initially declined enjoying a short period of retirement after a grueling tour. Demo versions of the song were sent to Turner with Bono performing the vocal role she would eventually fill. Tina Turner relates the experience of being chased to perform the song: “I just couldn’t really feel it at the time. Then I got a hand-written letter from Bono saying, `Tina, trust me, it’s rough at the moment, but it’s going to be great.’ I had to believe him. We live very near each other in the south of France, so he and Edge came up and finished it with me. Nellie Hooper came in with the arrangement. All of a sudden the song became. It was a matter of communicating and believing in each other. I’m looking forward to working with them again.”
Both Bono and The Edge are listed as executive producers on the song on the credits for the single. The Edge also performs on the song, and although present, Bono does not. A musical sequence opens the film, over which the song by Turner is played. A separate video was also filmed for “GoldenEye” which features Turner performing the song in a white dress in a passage way that is built to look like a golden eye, mixed with images of an eye, leopards, and images from the film.
The song was released as a single. It was also released on Turner’s album “Wildest Dreams” in 1996, and on her collection “All the Best” in 2004. In 2010, with the release of the Nintendo 64 game, “GoldenEye 007” the song was re-recorded by Nicole Scherzinger of the Pussycat Dolls. Her version of the song has not been released.
Goldeneye: Performed by Tina Turner. Written by Bono and the Edge. Produced and mixed by Nellee Hooper. Executive produced by Bono and the Edge. Recorded at Olympic Sound Studios, Londion. Recording and mix engineer: Mark ‘Spike’ Stent. Assisted by Paul ‘PW’ Walton. Programming by Marius De Vries. Orchestra arranged by Craig Armstrong. The Edge appears courtesy of Island Records Ltd. Bono and the Edge would like to thank Chris Blackwell for Goldeneye.