Tally Koren lands a role in the new James Bond film

The Jewish Chronicle - - People -

Meet a new James Bond girl... al­though you will hear her rather than see her in the new film Quan­tum of So­lace.

tally Koren, an Is­raeli singer-song­writer, is the voice of an Is­raeli agent in the Daniel Craig film, which has its world pre­miere next Wed­nes­day.

She tells Peo­ple: “I was a bit wor­ried, as they asked me if I could talk as if I had an Is­raeli ac­cent. the di­rec­tor said I sounded Ger­man, so I tried to make my­self sound sex­ier.”

Next month, Ms Koren, who is in her late 30s, launches her de­but al­bum in the UK, Time­less Melodies. It is based on the mu­sic of Mozart, Chopin, Satie and Beethoven, among oth­ers. tracks from the al­bum have fea­tured on Clas­sic FM and the al­bum is avail­able at HMV, Vir­gin, ama­zon and itunes. Born in Is­rael, Ms Koren moved to Lon­don in the late 1990s, where she be­gan to per­form and record. One of her songs, Shiru Ladonai — based on Psalm 96 — is be­ing in­cluded in the Re­form move­ment’s new mu­sic book to ac­com­pany its new sid­dur, Seder Hate­fillah, pub­lished this sum­mer.

“In a way, this is a big­ger achieve­ment than be­ing in James Bond, even though James Bond makes more news,” she says.

She adds: “as a child I al­ways sang, but I did a Wizo singing com­pe­ti­tion and didn’t get first place. I was so up­set that I stopped singing.”

She be­came a model in­stead. But 16 years ago, Ms Koren de­cided to take up singing again. She also has a de­gree in Jewish Stud­ies from the Leo Baeck Col­lege. Home is in Barnes.

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