Bond girl Alicia Keys and Jack White to sing 007 theme

Quantum of Solace to be first in series of 22 films to feature a duet

For months there has been speculation about who will be singing over the opening credits of the James Bond film, Quantum of Solace, with Amy Winehouse, Duffy and Grace Jones all tipped. Yesterday it was announced that the White Stripes' Jack White and R&B singer Alicia Keys will perform the theme song, making the 22nd Bond film the first to feature a duet.

The pair will perform a song called Another Way to Die, written and produced by White, who also plays drums. The film soundtrack will be released on October 28, a few days before the movie's Halloween release in the UK.

Keys expressed her wish to work with the White Stripes earlier this year. "They're very raw, very cut and dry," she told Rolling Stone. " I just think we could do something really interesting that mixes rock and soul together, the blues and emotion, and it could be really touching."

Previous performers include Dame Shirley Bassey and Madonna. US musician Chris Cornell recorded You Know My Name, the theme tune for the last film, Casino Royale.

Bond producers Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli said: "We are delighted and pleased to have two such exciting artists as Jack and Alicia, who were inspired by our film to join together their extraordinary talents in creating a unique sound for Quantum of Solace."


Sean Michaels

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