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British rock band Muse have told the BBC they'd like the chance to have a go at the next James Bond theme. Drummer Dom Howard told Auntie: "It's something we'd probably say yes to, or at least give it a good go. Certainly some of our music fits with the James Bond vibe - and I think it could work." He added: "The last few have …

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Would be nice

The last few Bond themes have been a rather like caricatures of Bond themes, rather than real Bond themes. Muse certainly have the pomp sensibilities to make a good go of it.

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My vote:

Knights of Cydonia for the next Bond theme.

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Re: My vote:

No no. Bond themes need to be composed as Bond themes, you can't recycle old tracks, it is Written. Besides Knights of Cydonia is far too laser-robot-cowboy-samurai to be shoehorned into the Bond aesthetic.

They should do it, it would be very awesome.

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That...

...Would be awesome. I didn't like the last theme, made a good go at it, but it was like a colourblind person doing painting by colours; It was all there, just not quite in the right places...

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Propellerheads

Propellerheads and David Arnold collaborated on a track for the Tomorrow Never Dies soundtrack. They're British.

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Eh?

I'd like the chance to have a go at the next James Bond theme, too. So? Unless the producers ASK them if they'd like to, how is this news?

I'm not denying they're a good band, but I'm not sure why the press are climbing over each other to report this. I'm sure there's lots of bands who would like to do the Bond theme.

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Hell yes

I fully support and endorse this idea

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I dunno

I think if they were to do a Bond theme it would steer into Supermassive Black Hole territory, which is just not cricket. I would like to hear them have a stab at it, but i find Muse's music is generally either too heavy, too dark or too uplifting to be a Bond theme.

That said, if Another Way To Die can make it as a Bond theme then i suppose any turd can.

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They could do it..

Having listened to their new album I'm impressed by what they can do. I don't think its very "commercial" but its powerful stuff and it shows that they could not only do a REAL Bond theme but I think they could add a lot to the general soundtrack too.

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Ain't talkin' 'bout Muse

A scandal if Muse did it.

Van Halen, circa Roth era; it must be so. And quickly, before Eddie falls off the wagon again, otherwise it'll have to be Megadeth.

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Instrumental

Musically, I like the band, but I can't stand the vocal style

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nice one

real musicians for a change!

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Re: Ain't talkin' 'bout Muse

What, no love for Pantera, Gerhardt? Iron Maiden could give it a go.

Supermassive Black Hole is an excessively naughty recording. The guitars have taken all their clothes off and are down to, er, their g-strings by the end of it.

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Petition

There was a Facebook petition (and you know things are getting series when there's a Facebook petition) before the last Bond film was released to have Muse do the title track. I was hoping the film studio would go for it, but still.

I'd love to see Muse do a Bond theme, especially if they'd do it anything like the album released this week. Bond themes should be epic, sweeping, and uplifting with a hint of darkness. There hasn't been a good one since 'The World is Not Enough' IMO. The most recent ones have been completely forgettable.

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PR puff.

This is news? Every bloody time there's a Bond film in gestation, someone whose back catalogue needs a boost badges themselves as touted to do the theme. A few weeks later there's the official announcement that it ain't happening after all. Both pieces are published extensively, a few records are sold and the PR boys high-five and go for beers down the pub*.

Last time Amy Whinehouse, this time Muse. Next time the Bonzo Dog Doodah Band?

*Or funny-named cocktails with little umbrellas in a bijou and exclusive winebar, more like.

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They've certainly come a long way...

...from when I used to sit in business studies classes with them at school.

Well done to them I say, I'm not their biggest fan (I do like one of two if their songs) but hey it's got to be better than Amy Winehouse. :-)

Not to mention they put the sleepy town of Teignmouth on the map.

Rob

BTW, where's the IT or Paris Hilton angle?

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Please, for the love of Moneypenny, no!

Muse is a terrible band. They're like a bad Queen cover band. They make all other bands sound good.

Ten Benson should get a go. Or Magic Wands.

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Re: Please, for the love of Moneypenny, no!

*Ten Benson*?

Christ, never thought I'd hear that name again. They were just offensively awful. Kudos on the esoteric 'rubbish band' reference, though.

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possible

if they did it, it'd have to be more in line with their heavier tracks. more in the style of the Super Massive Blackhole tracks than those on the latest album

Bond themes should really be loud and anthemic, which Muse can do well

but one of their slower tracks just wouldn't work

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aMUSEing

I certainly reckon Muse should give it a whirl. It would be an interesting musical experiment, if nothing else. However, someone will have to restrain Matt Bellamy, so he doesn't steamroller in some sci-fi-armageddon-apocolypse-conspiracy-doom-laden undertones into the track.

I suggest a Straight Jacket, and liberal applications of Chloroform. He'll be just about lucid enough to still be musically brilliant, but in a way that suits the Bond ethos.

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You Know My Name

was abysmal, and I haven't the faintest ideas as to what the latest one sounded like. Die Another Day was memorable, but only because it had scorpions in the video and Bond actually losing.

They really need to have a go at doing a "proper" Bond film. Fine, have Quantum instead of the infinitely cooler sounding Spectre. Have him as an early agent rather than a Roger Moore-esque expert in armed and unarmed combat, liquid-helium cooling systems and how to make women lust after you before you've got round to saying "hello". But make it a proper Goldfinger-quality Bond film. Goldeneye would do.

As for Muse, I think they could do a fantastic Bond theme.

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Sontam of Qualace

Adam and Joe should do the theme - forget dark and sexy music over the intro, we need fun!

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What's wrong with

starting anew?

New-style Bond, new-style films, new-style themes. Cleaving unchangingly unto the past isn't always a good thing: remember the Irish Elk ...

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quantum of crap

last one was utter tosh where as you know my name rocked the proverbial socks more please!

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Whatever

Whoever does it, most of the comments will be about how it doesn't sound like a Bond theme.

No mention of what a Bond theme should be, and ignore the fact that only a handful have ever fit their criteria. Usually they complain because it doesn't have enough horns or a Shirley bassey soundalike, but they'd complain if that happened too.

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"What's wrong with starting anew?"

A Quantum Of Solace was definitely a break from the past, and all the better for it. I've heard that the next Bond might be the bloke who plays Stringer Bell in the Wire (like Dominic West he's a Brit by birth), which would be very interesting. As for the music, I'm not a fan of Muse, but would infinitely prefer them to the limited talents that are the Killers.

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Garbage!

You forgot "The World is not Enough" by Garbage, David Arnold etc. Brits too... Smashin :-)

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Showaddywaddy

Guaranteed to kill any dated franchise stone cold dead.

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Maiden for the cup!

Sarah's a Maiden fan? Now I officially lust after her! :)

That's actually a damn good idea, since they're one of the few hard-rock/metal groups who know how to construct a more complicated tune than your basic "Am-G-F-C" kind of thing. Even better, could we get Bruce Dickenson to play one of the baddies? Then they could work up a swordfighting sequence (Bruce being an ex-Olympic fencer) which would be very cool indeed.

FWIW, I thought the last two Bond songs were OK, except for the presence of Alicia Keys. You want tinkly fluffy pop without any evident talent, Alicia Keys is yer gal. You want something with a bit of an edge, you've wasted your time. I still don't know why Jack White couldn't get sister Meg to do it instead - she'd have suited it much better.

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Re: Maiden for the cup!

I didn't mean it about Maiden. They are about as appropriate for a Bond theme as, I dunno, Shania Twain?

Also, I yield to no one in my admiration of Meg White, but she's not a very good singer.

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Don't waste your time on Bond!

"So, I think if you can find a director you can really relate to, and it's a great film, and you know you can work well together, then it could be a possibility."

Despite Brosnan's efforts, Bond jumped the shark a while back, and I believe they've even run out of books on which the films are ever so loosely based. I know the Entertainment Committee of the Britards (the shiny trend-surfing national media) needs to have everyone gawping in the same direction for maximum indoctrinatory effect, but Muse should look elsewhere for decent projects rather than pander to such self-indulgent patriotic pap that has the cinema-going Britard giving the film three thumbs up, no matter how awful it is. ("'Cause it's Bond, innit?")

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Bond Theme

Muse could do a brilliant job of it. Matt is like a mental Freddie Mercury.

Or.....................

Flight of the Conchords maybe?

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Black Helicopters

Ten Benson == awesome

Black Snow, The Claw, Robot Tourist, One Way Ticket, Mystery Man... it doesn't get much better, or funnier sometimes.

It was a shame Duran Duran went out of fashion after they did their Bond theme, but it might be worth it if the same thing happened to Muse.

And no-one's mentioned New Order yet? But what about Gang of Four, who seem to still be around.

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Pah....

...I think a bit of Prodigy or Pendulum would do the job...Certainly wake you up a bit...or go for a bonkers lemon Jelly track :-)

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Kiss of death

I thought doing a Bond theme was a kiss of death for a band's career - Aha, Duran Duran, Garbage, Sheena Easton.

OK, there's a couple of exceptions - Madonna and Shirley Bassey spring to mind, but they were already too huge to fail.

So while I think Muse are a great band, I'd rather see the Arctic Monkeys do the theme, then sink to obscurity!

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RE: Propellerheads

On Her Majesty's Secret Service is an awesome remix.

I quite liked the Casino Royale theme tune, but the Quantum of Solace one was a bit like the movie - not really Bond. It would be interesting to see what Muse would come up with for the next one.

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For rather drawn-out, melancholy Bond intros...

Godspeed You Black Emperor! would more than fill anyone's post-Canadian punk boots, particularly a couple of tracks on Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas To The Heaven (the names of which are currently evading me like a middle eight on a Boards of Canada track).

But that veers into dangerously progressive territory. In short: anything but Brat-pop.

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@AC 14:29

I just read Moonraker. They could do a proper version of it (though Die Another Day bears a bit too much resemblance). We may have moved on in terms of rocket science, but I liked the drama in Moonraker.

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you haven't completely ruined it yet

Alan Rickman has to play the bad guy....

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So the media finally picked up on this, eh?

Fans have been saying this since they released Absolution - "Butterflies and Hurricanes" is the track that should have been referenced, it very much reminds you of a Bond theme :)

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Nobody Does It Better

Muse are good, but have dairy tendencies. Radiohead for me please.

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"Scrotum of Wallace"

Yes, yes i see it now.... the porn Bond "My name's Bondage, James Bondage".

...and...

"Morning Moneyshot, Is M in?"

Bring it on.

p.s. On another note, nice to see The Moderatrix's predilections showing...

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WTF?

Well, it couldn't possibly be worse than the Alica Keys / Jack White effort, right?

Please?

Another Way to Die was just too horrible for words.

My vote goes to Amy Lee from Evanescence, with orchestral backing.

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they have my vote

a bit of a break from tradition though, having a group with actual talent!

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EPIC?... not any more

If it's anything like their new album (which is garbage) then nah, FAIL.

Give me Origins or Absolution any day

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