Audioslave's Chris Cornell performing Casino Royale theme

The raucous frontman has a licence to sing

Stepping into shoes previously filled by the likes of Paul McCartney and Wings, Carly Simon, Shirley Bassey, Tom Jones, Tina Turner, Gladys Knight, and even Duran Duran, must be a daunting task for any musician.

But former Soundgarden and current Audioslave singer-songwriter Chris Cornell is made of strong stuff, and that’s why he’s been chosen to co-write and perform the title song for Casino Royale.

Titled You Know My Name, the song is a collaboration between Cornell and modern Bond composer David Arnold. "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," gushed Lia Vollack, a music president at Columbia Pictures. "His music is both soulful and tough. It was the perfect complement to Daniel Craig and Casino Royale." We heartily agree, but then the Bond producers once thought Sheryl Crow was the perfect complement to a 007 adventure.

Casino Royale – which charts Bond’s rise into the ranks of those with a licence to kill – will arrive in cinemas on 17 November.

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