Revealed: Dua Lipa is recording the theme for next James Bond film
British electropop outfit Years & Years drummer Mikey Goldsworthy accidentally let slip that the new Bond theme will be brought to us by Dua Lipa
As always, the hype and speculation over who gets to make the next James Bond theme is massive. Last time around, for 'Spectre', it was widely believed that Radiohead would be helming the project only to have their theme canceled and replaced by Sam Smith's 'Writing's On the Wall'. This year, the playing field is once again open, with the likes of Paloma Faith and Dua Lipa in the running. However, it looks like the secret of who will be providing the theme has been prematurely revealed.
During an interview with BBC Radio5 Live, British electropop outfit Years & Years drummer Mikey Goldsworthy accidentally let slip that the new Bond theme will be brought to us by Dua Lipa, putting an end to all speculations. "Because we had Judy Dench who was M, and Ben Whishaw who was Q, we thought it would be us," Mikey said while discussing the issue before accidentally adding: "I thought they’d ask us to do the theme tune but I think Dua Lipa is doing it."
You can feel the tension as Mikey just realizes what he's done. His bandmate Emre Turkmen tries some damage-control by ranting about how his favorite Ben Wishaw film is 'Perfume', but the presenter is quick to latch on. "Wait a minute, you've just given us an exclusive there Mikey," he exclaims. "Dua Lipa is doing the Bond theme?" he asks, seeking a confirmation as Mikey sheepishly says "Am I not supposed to say that?"
"I dunno. I feel bad now," Mikey admitted. "I’ve ruined everything!" He then playfully added: "Well, hopefully, and then we’ll do it," but the damage was done by then. In a final attempt to rid the awkwardness, Mikey offered listeners an interesting anecdote about how Ben Wishaw, who was apparently his neighbor, revealed to him who was doing the previous Bond theme.
"Ben Winshaw lived near me and Olly, and he said it was Radiohead doing the theme, and I told everybody," he said. "And then they rejected it. Such a good song!"
As we mentioned above, indeed, Radiohead was set to perform the title track but was replaced at the last moment, perhaps for being too dark and ominous and inappropriate against a background of slow-mo bullets and silhouettes of naked women. Check out a clip of the spoiler-heavy interview below via Radio5 Live.
It's no secret that Dua was a solid contender to do the new Bond theme for the upcoming 007 project which so far bears the working title 'Bond 25', with Danny Boyle and Richard Curtis working on the script. Dua had previously responded to rumors that she was up for doing the theme, saying she didn’t want to speculate because she didn’t want to jinx it. “I don’t know,” she said at the time. “I would love to do it, but I’m not recording it… So far… I don’t want to jinx it. I would love to do it.” Looks like she succeeded with not jinxing it, but the same can't be said of Mikey.
In related news, earlier this month, Radiohead kickstarted their 2018 North American summer tour in style with a set at Chicago's United Center that featured the first-ever live performance of their rejected Bond theme.