Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell has scored one of cinema's most coveted soundtrack gigs, writing and performing the main title song for "Casino Royale."
In a Wednesday (July 26) statement, the filmmakers behind the new James Bond announced that Cornell has worked with Bond composer David Arnold to write a track titled "You Know My Name," which will play over the main titles of "Casino Royale" when it opens on Nov. 17.
"I've always loved Chris' work, both as a writer and as an artist, and had hoped someday to find the right film to inspire him," says Lia Vollack, president of worldwide music for Columbia Pictures. "His music is both soulful and tough. It was the perfect complement to Daniel Craig and 'Casino Royale.'"
Previous Bond title performers include Madonna, Sheryl Crow, Paul McCartney & Wings, Carly Simon, Shirley Bassey, Tom Jones, Tina Turner, Gladys Knight, Sheena Easton, Duran Duran and Garbage. As exclusive as that group is, the artists who have actually written or co-written their songs is even smaller.
One of founding members of Soundgarden, one of the defining Seattle rock/metal/grunge acts of the late-1980s and early-to-mid-1990s, Cornell was also park of Temple of the Dog. After Soundgarden broke up in 1997, Cornell went to work on the solo album "Euphoria Morning." In 2000, Cornell joined the remaining members of Rage Against the Machine after the departure of singer Zack de la Rocha to form Audioslave.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times