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Singer Cornell to sing new Bond theme

  |   July 27, 2006 at 12:29 AM
LOS ANGELES, July 26 (UPI) -- The creators of the new James Bond film "Casino Royale" have chosen singer Chris Cornell to perform the main musical theme for the British spy thriller.

The former frontman of bands such as Audioslave and Soundgarden was chosen by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. and Sony Pictures Entertainment, along with producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, to create the new sound for the new Bond, Columbia Pictures said in a news release.

"Casino Royale" will mark the debut of actor Daniel Craig as the new James Bond, taking over for actor Pierce Brosnan.

By performing the action film's title song, "You Know My Name," the 42-year-old Cornell will join the elite company of former Bond singers like Madonna, Paul McCartney, Tom Jones and Tina Turner.

"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," said Columbia executive Lia Vollack. "His music is both soulful and tough. It was the perfect complement to Daniel Craig and 'Casino Royale.'"

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