Chris Cornell relishes his new James Bond role
He helped launch Seattleâs celebrated grunge movement with his old outfit Soundgarden, then topped that feat via the formation of his latest supergroup, Audioslave, with former members of the iconoclastic Rage Against the Machine - reports the Examiner
The bandâs recent releases include the political âRevelationsâ and last yearâs âLive in Cubaâ CD/DVD, showcasing the groupâs free Havana concert for 70,000 rabid fans.
Lately heâs been sequestered in a Hollywood studio with producer Steve Lillywhite, whipping up his second acoustic-themed solo set.
There isnât much these days that can give even a momentâs pause to one of rockâs mightiest mouthpieces, Chris Cornell. Except, perhaps, a movie event in London a few weeks back when he hunkered in his seat as the first scenes rolled, thinking, âSomeoneâs made a mistake. Someoneâs going to catch me and go, âStop the film! Wrong song!âââ
The occasion was the royal premiere of the new James Bond movie âCasino Royale,â attended by Sting, Elton John and the new 007, Daniel Craig.
Cornellâs invitation came courtesy of producer Barbara Broccoli, for whom he composed and recorded (with scorer David Arnold) the thrillerâs theme tune, âYou Know My Name.â
Watching Craig brutally off two baddies onscreen, then hearing his own voice over the elaborate opening credits, he said, âsomehow seemed strange. And because it was the choice of a new actor, where theyâre reinventing Bond all over again in Britain, you really got this fever pitch that this was not a normal opening of a movie â it was a really big deal.â
Cornell thinks he got the stellar gig because his lupine howl of a voice echoed the masculine new profile Craig brought to Bond.
Now Cornell knows what the phrase âRoyal Premiereâ signifies. âIt means that the core of the people that are associated with making the film go stand in a room with their significant others, and a guy comes around and gives you a Tic-Tac.â
Why? âSo you donât offend the Queen, I suppose, with your bad breath,â laughed the singer, who was also given a quick list of regal doâs and donâtâs. Her Majesty didnât brush him off, either, he said. She stopped to make conversation with him and almost everyone in the receiving line.
âWhich I thought was really cool. Sheâs the Queen of England. She doesnât have to say anything. But to work that hard at her age and just to be that polite to everybody I thought was amazing. It was the first time it kind of made sense to me â the monarchy in England still existing.â
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