Martinis, Girls, and Guns

The song ‘Tomorrow Never Dies’ was performed by Sheryl Crow and it was used for the theme song to the James Bond film of the same name.  Sheryl Crow and Mitchell Froom (currently the keyboardist for Crowded House) wrote the song and David Arnold composed the score of Tomorrow Never Dies which was the 18th James Bond film released in 1997, starring Pierce Brosnan as the fifth 007.  Pierce Brosnan made his debut in 1995 as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond in the film GoldenEye.  Bond producers Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli found and hired Eric Serra to score this film, but the music received very harsh reviews by fans and critics.  In 1997, composer John Barry who was known for his unforgettable motifs being interpolated into the score, decided that he no longer wanted to be involved in writing title tracks for Bond movies.  David Arnold was thought to be the perfect replacement for John Barry, because he just released his James Bond tribute Shaken Not Stirred, a collection of title songs and a few instrumentals redone by artists.  At this time the producers started courting big chart stars, which allowed the songs to become separated from the scores, and this process started with Tomorrow Never Dies.  Arnold has the second most Bond scores under his belt.

The producers initially thought about using the k.d. Lang song ‘Surrender’, a bold, classic-style James Bond theme song and both songs feature the phrase “tomorrow never dies”, but they made a last-minute request that a more ‘chart friendly’ artist of the moment should be used.  After much overnight searching, American singer Sheryl Crow was invited to come up with a title song.  Crow had burst onto the music scene in 1993 with her global smash hit ‘All I Wanna Do’ and had followed this in 1996 with ‘Everyday Is A Winding Road’ and ‘If It Makes You Happy’.  Working with producer Mitchell Froom, Crow recorded her song ‘Tomorrow Never Dies’ and it was instantly accepted and subsequently used as the song for the new 007 film.  Lang’s song was used over the closing credits to the film which began with the legend ‘In loving memory of Cubby’, referring to Albert R. Broccoli who just died on June 27, 1996.

Bruce Feirstein is an American screenwriter and humorist, best known for his contributions to the James Bond series and his best-selling humor books and he worked with Jeffrey Caine on GoldenEye, before writing the story and the screenplay for Tomorrow Never Dies.  The movies’ villain, Elliot Carver, is a media mogul who runs a publication called Tomorrow.  Feirstein had a different title in mind Tomorrow Never Lies which tied in with the newspaper more.  This appeared as the ‘All the News That’s Fit to Print’ slogan of Tomorrow, the flagship of an international newspaper chain owned by the evil media baron who was bent on (start macro here) Global Worldwide Domination.  Feirstein credited the Beatles for inspiring his original title, and he said that he was inspired when he heard the Beatles’ song ‘Tomorrow Never Knows’ and by accident the title became Tomorrow Never Dies.  The lyrics are sung by a woman who is in love with a spy who left her and she is waiting for him to return.  “Tomorrow never dies” shows that she has hopes to see him again and she will wait patiently till he returns.

Darling I’m killed
I’m in a puddle on the floor
Waiting for you to return
Oh what a thrill
Fascinations galore
How you tease
How you leave me to burn
It’s so deadly my dear
The power of having you near

[CHORUS]
Until the day
Until the world falls away
Until you say there’ll be no more goodbyes
I see it in your eyes
Tomorrow never dies

Darling you’ve won
It’s no fun
Martinis, girls, and guns
It’s murder on our love affair
But you bet your life
Every night
While you chase in the morning light
You’re not the only spy out there
It’s so deadly my dear
The power of wanting you near

Chorus
Until the day
Until the world falls away
Until you say there’ll be no more goodbyes
I see it in your eyes
Tomorrow Never Dies…

Until the day
Until the world falls away
Until you say there’ll be no more goodbyes
See it in your eyes…
Until the day…
Until the day…
Until the day…….

Written for Thursday Inspiration #118 Touch Me in the Morning where the prompt is tomorrow.

2 thoughts on “Martinis, Girls, and Guns

  1. Sheryl Crow is in my top 5 of females rock singers… I saw her open up for the Stones in the 90s and she was great.

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