Who turned down 007?

Daily Mail - - Freeview Primetime Planner - Compiled by Charles Legge

QUES­TION Has any­one turned down the op­por­tu­nity to per­form a James Bond theme song? YOU would ex­pect most pop stars to be de­lighted at the chance to sing a Bond theme song, but a sur­pris­ing num­ber of bands have turned it down.

The Swedish dance act Ace Of Base was the first choice to record the theme tune to Pierce Bros­nan’s first Bond out­ing, Gold­enEye, in 1995.

The band were rid­ing high in the charts on both sides of the At­lantic with All That She Wants reach­ing No. 1 in the UK and No. 2 in the U. S. and The Sign reach­ing No. 2 in the UK and No. 1 in the U.S.

De­spite record­ing a demo for the film, their record com­pany Arista pulled the band from the project be­cause it was wor­ried that 007’s re­turn would be a flop and dam­age the group’s rep­u­ta­tion.

Not only was the movie a huge com­mer­cial hit, but the replacement track, writ­ten by U2’s Bono and The Edge, re­booted Tina Turner’s ca­reer.

Ace Of Base re-recorded their ver­sion as The Ju­ve­nile and re­leased it as a sin­gle in 2002. It reached No. 78 in the Ger­man charts.

The Pet Shop Boys submitted a demo for The Liv­ing Day­lights in 1987, Ti­mothy Dalton’s first out­ing as Bond, and started to work on writ­ing the sound­track.

How­ever, when the film pro­duc­ers didn’t agree to the band tak­ing cre­ative con­trol of the en­tire film’s mu­sic, they pulled out, leav­ing the way for Nor­we­gian band A-ha to record ar­guably the worst theme tune of the James Bond fran­chise.

The Pet Shop Boys later re-worked their demo and re­named it This Must Be The Place I Waited Years To Leave.

Blondie was se­lected to sing For Your Eyes Only for the 1981 Bond movie. How­ever, on learn­ing that Bill Conti, the com­poser of the Rocky sound­track, had been asked to pen the track in­stead of the band, they pulled out and Sheena Eas­ton filled in.

Blondie in­cluded their ver­sion of the song on their 1982 al­bum The Hunter.

Mike Rob­son, South Shields, Ty­ne­side.

QUES­TION Was the story of San­ti­ago flight 513 ever proved to be a hoax?

THE ex­tra­or­di­nary tale of San­ti­ago flight 513 was pub­lished in the Weekly World News (WWN), a tabloid pub­lished in the U.S. be­tween 1979 and 2007.

De­spite the tagline ‘the world’s only re­li­able news’, it was an en­ter­tain­ing mix­ture of strange-but-true sto­ries and fic­tion about alien ab­duc­tions, lake mon­sters, Big­foot, Elvis is alive, time travel and the Apoc­a­lypse.

Stock char­ac­ters in­cluded Bat Boy, a half bat, half boy su­per­hero; Tonya, the world’s fat­test cat; and P’lod, an ex­trater­res­trial who it was claimed had an af­fair with Hil­lary Clin­ton.

Ac­cord­ing to Brazil­ian avi­a­tion au­thor­i­ties, com­mer­cial air­craft San­ti­ago flight 513 took off from Ger­many on Septem­ber 4, 1954, and dis­ap­peared over the At­lantic ocean. It was as­sumed it had crashed and all lives had been lost.

How­ever, 45 years later, it was claimed the plane landed at Porto Ale­gre air­port, Brazil, on Oc­to­ber 12, 1989.

The con­trol tower had no com­mu­ni­ca­tion with the plane, which had ap­par­ently cir­cled the air­port be­fore land­ing.

On open­ing the doors, air­port se­cu­rity al­legedly dis­cover the bleached skele­tons of the pas­sen­gers and crew in their seats.

Cap­tain Miguel Vic­tor Cury was ap­par­ently clutch­ing the con­trols of the plane and the en­gine was still idling.

Dr Celso Atello, a para­nor­mal re­searcher, said the plane ‘al­most cer­tainly en­tered a time warp: there is no other ex­pla­na­tion’.

San­ti­ago Air­lines went out of busi­ness in 1956. No one from the air­line or Brazil’s air au­thor­i­ties has ever com­mented on the al­leged re-ap­pear­ance.

Based on WWN’s taste for the out­landish — and all the rules of physics — this tale can only have been a hoax.

Dan Pull­man, Dud­ley, W. Mids.

QUES­TION What is the dif­fer­ence be­tween tea, af­ter­noon tea and high tea?

FUR­THER to the ear­lier an­swer, high tea — toasted tea cakes served with but­ter and jam, tea and pas­tries — was once pop­u­lar in Scot­land and is still avail­able in high-end ho­tels in Ed­in­burgh.

It was served on An­glo-Scot­tish ex­press trains un­til the early Eight­ies, when restau­rant cars were with­drawn.

My first trip to Scot­land by train in 1962 in­volved three meals, one of which was high tea.

Barry Cryer and Gra eme Gar­den, as the miserly Hamish and Dou­gal in the BBC Ra­dio 4 ra­dio com­edy game show I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue, have im­mor­talised the Scot­tish high tea with the phrase: ‘You’ll have had your tea.’ C. E. Say­ers-Leavy.

Broad­stairs, Kent.

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