Quantum of Solace — the theme song’s a duet!

Nikki Finke is reporting that Jack White and Alicia Keys have recorded a duet as the theme song for the upcoming James Bond film Quantum of Solace — the first duet in the franchise’s history, at least where the opening credits are concerned. The song is called ‘Another Way to Die’, so a question that has preoccupied the minds of soundtrack buffs everywhere remains unanswered: Have the composers figured out a way to work the movie’s rather unusual title into the lyrics of its theme song? (It’s not impossible: Just look at how Carly Simon’s ‘Nobody Does It Better’ found a way to use the words “the spy who loved me” back in 1977.)

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  • Jack White and Alicia Keys? That’s an odd pairing – less unlikely than David Bowie and Bing Crosbie.

  • Interesting song title.

    Ain’t it Cool News is reporting on a possible spoiler from a BBC story about White and Keys recording this song.

    The song title certainly fits the possible spoiler…

  • To avoid spoilers, I won’t read the link, but I will say that the title of this new song kind of disappoints me. It sounds way too similar to ‘Die Another Day’.

    In fact, it seems like every other Bond film for the past quarter-century has had a “kill” or “die” thing going on in its theme song:

    1985 — A View to a KILL
    1987 — The Living Daylights
    1989 — License to KILL
    1995 — GoldenEye
    1997 — Tomorrow Never DIES
    1999 — The World Is Not Enough
    2002 — DIE Another Day
    2006 — You Know My Name
    2008 — Another Way to DIE

    Coincidentally, this coincides with the period when the franchise ceased to be based on the novels of Ian Fleming and began to be based on “original” stories with “original” titles. And even though the two most recent films do have titles and even story elements taken from Fleming’s books, their songs have had “original” titles that appear to be continuing this pattern.

    ‘A View to a Kill’ was at least the title of an Ian Fleming short story. But prior to that, only one other Bond film had had “kill” or “die” in the title, namely Live and Let Die (1973). So the trend over the past quarter-century is beginning to seem like, uh, overkill.

  • Maybe they could retitle it. “…So look up the number.”