News Segment


July 26, 2006

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Audioslave vocalist Chris Cornell will sing the main title song for the upcoming James Bond film “Casino Royale.”

Cornell, perhaps best known as the frontman for defunct Seattle rock group Soundgarden, co wrote “You Know My Name” with Bond composer David Arnold, the film’s producers said in a statement Wednesday.

He adds a hard-rock edge to a diverse array of performers who have sung the Bond title song over the years, including Paul McCartney and Wings, Tina Turner, Duran Duran and Carly Simon.

Madonna sang the title song for the most recent Bond film, 2002’s “Die Another Day,” an effort derided as “the worst Bond tune of all time” by Elton John.

“Casino Royale,” the first Bond film to star Daniel Craig in the lead role, opens worldwide on November 17 via Columbia Pictures.

Audioslave, which Cornell co-founded with three-quarters of the politically active rock band Rage Against the Machine, will release its third album, “Revelations” on September 5.

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