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GoldenEye: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack from the United Artists film was a soundtrack composed by Éric Serra for the 1997 James Bond film of the same name. It was performed by The London Studio Session Orchestra conducted by John Altman. The film's eponymous theme song was sung by Tina Turner and written by U2's Bono and The Edge. The album was released on compact disc and cassette by Virgin Records on 27th November 1997, with a remastered CD edition subsequently released on 25th February 2003.

Development

Composed by French musician and composer Éric Serra, the GoldenEye soundtrack marked a departure from the traditional Bond score of Monty Norman and John Barry; opting instead for strongly synthesised tracks. Conscious of this controversial contrast, and with one week before the film's release, its producers turned to composer John Altman to re-score GoldenEye's pivotal tank chase sequence with a more traditional symphonic composition.[1] While Altman's track would not make its way onto the CD soundtrack, Serra's original tank chase score - "A Pleasant Drive In St. Petersburg" - notably did.

The theme song, "GoldenEye", was written by Bono and The Edge, and was performed by Tina Turner. The Swedish group Ace Of Base were also involved at one point, producing a song also called "GoldenEye". This song was later released with slightly revised lyrics as The Juvenile on their 2002 album Da Capo. In addition to the Bondian bass line, it seems that the lyric 'The Juvenile' simply replaced 'The GoldenEye'. The other lyrics, most notably the line "Tomorrow's foe is now a friend" obviously refer to the plot of this film.

The film features the song Stand By Your Man by American country music singer-songwriter Tammy Wynette. While not included on the film's CD soundtrack, the song is sung by Minnie Driver in a scene where Bond confronts Russian gangster Valentin Zukovsky in his St. Petersburg nightclub. Intended to be a comic moment, Driver intentionally sings the song off-key in an exaggerated Russian accent.

Track listing

  1. "GoldenEye" – Performed by Tina Turner (4:46)
  2. "GoldenEye Overture" (4:24)
    1. "Half of Everything Is Luck"
    2. "The Other Half is Fate"
    3. "For England James
  3. "Ladies First" (2:44)
  4. "We Share the Same Passions" (4:46)
    1. "the Trip to Cuba"
    2. "The Same Passions"
  5. "Little Surprise for You" (2:02)
    1. "Xenya"
    2. "D.M. Mishkin"
  6. "Severnaya Suite" (2:07)
    1. "Among the Dead"
    2. "Out of Hell"
    3. "The Husky Tribe"
  7. "Our Lady of Smolensk" (1:01)
  8. "Whispering Statues" (3:26)
    1. "Whispers"
    2. "Two Faced"
  9. "Run, Shoot, and Jump" (1:05)
  10. "Pleasant Drive in St. Petersburg" (4:28)
  11. "Fatal Weakness" (4:43)
  12. "That's What Keeps You Alone" (3:17)
  13. "Dish Out of Water" (3:57)
    1. "A Good Squeeze"
    2. "The Antenna"
  14. "Scale to Hell" (3:43)
    1. "Boris and the Lethal Pen"
    2. "I Am Invincible"
  15. "For Ever, James" (2:01)
  16. "Experience of Love" (5:57)

Trivia

References

  1. Matthew Chernov (December 5, 2016). Composer John Altman Explains What Went Wrong with GoldenEye’s Score (EXCLUSIVE) (En). James Bond Radio. Retrieved on 2020-09-03.
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