The 30-year-old was tipped to record the theme tune for the latest Bond blockbuster but “wasn’t asked”, leaving it to Sam Smith
Lana Del Rey would have jumped at the chance to record the theme song for Bond film Spectre, but says she was never asked.
With her evocative melodies and provocative lyrics, there’s no doubt her Bond theme would have been well-suited to the smooth-talking hitman.
Instead, fans were stuck with Sam Smith’s Writing on the Wall, which received lukewarm reviews from fans and critics.
Speaking to NME, the 30-year-old admitted: “I would’ve done it if I was asked but I wasn’t asked
“I love all of the Bond music that’s been put out over the years and I love soundtracks in general.”
Although the singer was tipped to perform the theme song of the latest blockbuster, the coveted spot went to Smith.
On her latest album, Honeymoon, which came out in September, she said: “There are a couple of songs on this record that have a Bond feel, like 24 and Swan Song.”
Another song from the album, God Knows I Tried, contains the lyrics: “On Monday they destroyed me but by Friday I’m revived … I’ve got nothing much to live for ever since I found my fame.”
Lana, who’s real name is Elizabeth Woolridge Grant, explained: “I think that song was a reminder to myself that if you don’t want the problems that come with being in the spotlight the best thing you can do is try and take yourself out of the spotlight when you’re not on stage.
“I think my two big goals with work are to make great records, and stay out of the press for the wrong reasons, so that song lyrically and melodically is especially poignant for me when I listen back to it.”
The singer seems to have accomplished one of those goals at the very least, as tomorrow will see her accept the Trailblazer award at Billboard’s annual Women in Music event in New York
“My family was traditional, and some of my extended family used to say a gentleman is only in the paper two times in his life: when he’s born and when he dies.
“Obviously, it’s a little too late for me when it comes to that sentiment.”
The singer also discussed her recent tour with Courtney Love, which saw the pair play a series of gigs together this summer as part of their Endless Summer tour.
“Touring with Courtney was great, we have some things in common that might not be visible from the outside,” she said.
“I think the most important thing I learned was that some people just have it when it comes to performing.
“She’s totally entrancing, a born performer.”
And we’re certainly not surprised by this comment if Lana’s latest controversial lyrics are anything to go by.
In a booklet, sold during their Endless Summer tour, lyrics from her latest single Honeymoon were leaked, and they’re fairly shocking.
One line read: “We both know the history of violence that surrounds you.”
While another adds: “But I’m not scared, there’s nothing to lose now that I’ve found you.”
The star has released some shockers in the past, and even filmed a haunting rape scene for an unreleased Marilyn Manson video.
Read the full interview in NME magazine which hits newsstands Friday