From the outside, it would appear that Lana Del Rey was the perfect singer to do a cover for the latest 007 Bond movie, and she was ready to. The one problem was that she wasn't asked. In a new interview, the singer details how she was prepared to do a song for this fall's Spectre.
"I would've done it if I was asked, but I wasn't asked," Del Rey said to NME. "I love all of the Bond music that's been put out over the years and I love soundtracks in general. There are a couple of songs on this record that have a Bond feel, like '24' and 'Swan Song.'"
It seems that Del Rey feels that these two songs from her latest album, Honeymoon, would of been perfect Bond soundtrack material, but didn't make the cut. Some other famous songs from the Bond soundtracks include Shirley Bassey's "Goldfinger" from 1964 or "Skyfall" by Adele, which won a Grammy, Oscar and Golden Globe in 2013.
"Writing's on the Wall" by Sam Smith from the Spectre Bond film released in October made waves and was the first Bond song to reach No. 1 on the U.K.'s Official Top 100 Singles Chart. Some believed that the song was too sensitive for a Bond film, but in an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Smith said, "That's what I do. I thought it would be really different to have a song that was like a diary entry from Bond."
Del Rey was, however, asked to cover "Some Things Last a Long Time" for the film Hi, How Are You Daniel Johnston. The short film features the pop singer-songwriter and was released on Nov. 11 to rent or buy from Vimeo. Del Rey's cover of the iconic song was included in the film's trailer as well as the 16-minute film. Hi, How Are You Daniel Johnston is a snapshot of his life in 1983 during a period when he was working on his album Hi, How Are You: The Unfinished Album.
Director Gabriel Sunday described the film as being about "an aging artist coming to terms with the dreams of yesteryear," as well as a place where, "reality and fiction blend as Daniel reveals bitter-sweet truths, tales of unrequited love and advice for artists everywhere."