James Bond Producer Remembers Amy Winehouse Assembly

“She was not at her greatest and my coronary heart actually went out to her,” Barbara Broccoli mentioned of a gathering with the Grammy winner three years earlier than her loss of life.

James Bond nearly obtained the Amy Winehouse remedy.

The enduring 007 franchise, recognized for its sultry Oscar-winning theme songs, was meant to have a ballad written and sung by the late Grammy winner for 2008’s “Quantum of Solace” starring Daniel Craig because the famed MI6 agent. Bond producer Barbara Broccoli revealed that assembly with the “Again to Black” singer was “distressing” on account of Winehouse being “not at her greatest” in 2008, three years earlier than her deadly 2011 overdose.

“Effectively, that was a really very distressing assembly, she was not at her greatest and my coronary heart actually went out to her,” Broccoli informed Leisure Weekly whereas selling Amazon’s Prime Video documentary “Sound of 007,” streaming October 5. “She was very fragile emotionally and, you realize, you understood how she may create such shifting materials, as a result of she has an important depth of feeling and it was very, very tragic.”

Broccoli added, “What an unbelievable expertise, what an unbelievable voice, what an unbelievable individual she was and it was very, very unhappy.”

The “Quantum of Solace” theme music, “One other Solution to Die,” was recorded by Jack White and Alicia Keys as a substitute.

White revealed earlier this yr that Winehouse “wasn’t displaying as much as the classes or wasn’t delivering the music that they have been asking her to do,” which is why he stepped in final minute to take over.

“So it was, ‘We have been working out of time, we want anyone else…’ And I assumed, ‘Oh, this was nice, as a result of now I’m going to get away with homicide; I’m going to place issues on this music, they’d by no means approve of this,’” White mentioned. “And that occurred. The music director was not down with something. He was making an attempt to persuade me to show it right into a ballad or one thing like that.”

To notice, Radiohead had a scrapped “Spectre” theme music years later. Adele’s “Skyfall,” Sam Smith’s “Writing’s on the Wall,” and Billie Eilish’s “No Time to Die” every received respective Academy Awards.

For the subsequent department of the franchise, Broccoli is protecting lead actor, theme music artist, and director positions vacant for now. The subsequent Bond movie is an estimated two years away.

Late would-be Bond crooner Winehouse can be receiving an enormous display screen biopic titled “Again to Black,” helmed by Sam Taylor-Johnson (“Fifty Shades of Gray,” “A Million Little Items”).

Matt Greenhalgh is penning the script, teaming up once more with director Taylor-Johnson after collaborating on 2009’s John Lennon story “Nowhere Boy.”

The movie will observe Winehouse’s life and rise to fame earlier than dying of an alcohol and drug overdose in July 2011. A number of tasks have since been within the works making an attempt to seize Winehouse’s legacy, with Noomi Rapace beforehand connected to star in a Lotus Leisure car. Tania Raymonde additionally was linked to a separate movie about Winehouse. The upcoming “Again to Black” is being made with “full help” from the Winehouse property. Director Taylor-Johnson and the movie’s producers are presently casting the mission.

Whereas no narrative function has but to be launched within the 11 years since Winehouse’s loss of life, the A24’s documentary “Amy” from 2015 received Finest Documentary on the Oscars and grossed greater than $23 million on the field workplace.

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