Arctic Monkeys’ frontman wants to do Bond 23 theme

Alex Turner has revealed that he’d like to write the theme for Bond 23. The singer, best known for his work with Arctic Monkeys, was talking to the BBC at the premiere of ‘Submarine’, the debut film by his friend Richard Ayoade and for which he has contributed five songs.

While Ayoade is better known for his role of computer geek Moss in ‘The IT Crowd’, he was also responsible for directing promotional videos for the Arctic Monkeys’ as well as Turner’s side project, The Last Shadow Puppets.

The Last Shadow Puppets released ‘The Age of the Understatement’ in 2008, which some pointed out had moments of John Barry; the band even went as far as saying that their musical influences included everyone from Axl Rose to Barry.

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While Arctic Monkeys may not seem like a good fit with Bond, Turner has shown that he has a far wider repertoire. His work on the Submarine soundtrack consists of acoustic ballads and when asked about he he said he didn’t really think of it as being a soundtrack and that he wouldn’t necessarily do any more.

When asked if he would do Bond 23 he replied: “Well that’s a different story. I’d love to do a tune for Bond. Definitely.”

The film is described as being a dark coming of age comedy set in the 1980s and is released in the UK on Friday March 18th; the soundtrack will be released by Domino on Monday.

David Leigh founded The James Bond Dossier in 2002. A fan of 007 since the age of 8, he is also author of The Complete Guide to the Drinks of James Bond. You can order a copy here if you don't own it already.

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One Response to “Arctic Monkeys’ frontman wants to do Bond 23 theme”

  • Jason Scott

    I hope the kid makes it. I’ve listened to a few of his tunes and not only are they good but they seem to have the right “Bond” flow!
    Of course “liking” to write the theme and being “invited” to write the theme are two completely different things. I’D like to write the theme, but really, who’s going to invite a Neil Diamond tribute artist to write a Bond theme…even if it would be killer! Oh and BTW if the Bond people feel like asking, they can contact me thru my website at LOL