Do we finally have a Bond singer?

Posted by · 2:58 am · July 18th, 2008

The Independent says we do… and it’s Duffy.

I wrote last week about the seemingly endless parade of names that had been tipped to sing the theme for “Quantum of Solace,” which had most recently stopped at Alicia Keys. Now a “reliable mole” at Pinewood Studios says the 22 year-old Welsh soul revivalist is “almost certain” to be handed the gig.

There have been so many rumours about this over the months that I remain guarded, but the bookies are certainly believing this one – Ladbrokes have slashed Duffy’s odds to even money. (Yes, the Brits bet on everything.)

If so, I have no complaints about the choice. “Mercy” is a pretty fantastic pop record, and I wouldn’t mind if the “Quantum of Solace” theme turned out sounding something like it, with a few added strings, perhaps. (I only hope they aren’t planning to work that godawful title into the song.)

I’ve already said I’d have preferred Amy Winehouse, but that was clearly not happening. Meanwhile, Duffy, with her throwback Springfield-esque voice, button-cute blonde looks and squeaky clean personal image, is essentially the Winehouse you can take home to mom. She’s a hot property right now – her (rather good) album “Rockferry” is the biggest seller of 2008 in the UK so far, and it’s gone gold Stateside too. It’s not hard to see why she would appeal to the 007 producers.

Not betting the house on this yet, though.

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  • 1 7-18-2008 at 3:28 am

    Agent69 said...

    Amy was my #1 preference, but I loved “Rockferry” so I’ll be happy if they choose Duffy.
    I always prefer when women sing Bond theme songs, and these two seem perfect for the job.

  • 2 7-18-2008 at 7:22 am

    Neel Mehta said...

    Pro: the first non-American choice since a-ha, 21 years and 7 movies ago. (I am aware that Shirley Manson is Scottish, but her band is American.)

    Con: newcomer, young. Potential flash in the pan.

    I’ll believe it when the announcement is official. In a weird way, I’m still kinda hoping they offer it to Bjork.

  • 3 7-18-2008 at 8:02 am

    Walter said...

    I hope this is true. Fingers crossed.

  • 4 7-18-2008 at 9:32 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    Bjork would probably be my fantasy pick too, Neel, but they’ll never be that daring.

    The newcomer aspect doesn’t really bother me, though – with the exception of Shirley Bassey, Bond themes tend to stand as individual entities rather than as part of the artist’s catalogue. As long as the song’s good, eh?

  • 5 7-18-2008 at 9:50 am

    Jonathan Spuij said...


    I know, I don’t know, nor care about modern pop.

  • 6 7-18-2008 at 12:29 pm

    Xavi Rodriguez said...

    It’s not a bad idea (Duffy has a nice voice), but I still prefer Amy Winehouse. She ROCKS!

  • 7 7-18-2008 at 4:31 pm

    Neel Mehta said...

    Yeah, “rocks” of crack cocaine.