Interview: Chris Cornell on Casino Royale

With the sad news of his death yesterday aged 52, I was reminded of an interview I did in 2006 with the late Soundgarden and Audioslave singer Chris Cornell.

He was chosen to perform singing duties on that year’s Bond film, Casino Royale, which also saw a new actor cast as the iconic spy.

You could not wish to meet a nicer and more urbane rock star and my initial scepticism about a former grunge singer performing duties on a Bond film were immediately wiped away.

The subsequent doubts about the 007 reboot (a lot was riding on it at) were wiped away as Daniel Craig triumphed as the British secret agent and the film garnered rave reviews and a massive worldwide gross of $599m.

Listen to the interview here:

> Find out more about Casino Royale (2006)
> BBC News on Chris Cornell’s death, aged 52

DVD & Blu-ray Picks: May 2017

DVD & BLU-RAY

Tampopo – The Criterion Collection (Sony Pictures Home Ent.) / http://amzn.to/2qOwl2E

A Monster Calls (20th Century Fox Home Entertainment) / http://amzn.to/2rnL5Tb

My Life As a Dog (Arrow Films) / http://amzn.to/2qp8m8N

Silence (Elevation Sales) / http://amzn.to/2pTA36i

12 Angry Men – The Criterion Collection (Sony Pictures Home Ent.) / http://amzn.to/2qti74p

La La Land (Elevation Sales) / http://amzn.to/2qOTSk7

Mad Max: Fury Road – Black and Chrome Edition (Warner Home Video) / http://amzn.to/2qpjRNU

Manchester By the Sea (Elevation Sales) / http://amzn.to/2qpkfM3

Truck Turner (Trinity Creative Partnership) / http://amzn.to/2qpr0xBi

Mulholland Drive (Elevation Sales) / http://amzn.to/2qOClIz

Kraftwerk: The Catalogue 3D (Parlophone Records) / http://amzn.to/2qtbYF6

Fahrenheit 451 (Universal Pictures) / http://amzn.to/2qpgaHR

Toni Erdmann (Elevation Sales) / http://amzn.to/2pTWfgB

Mirror (Artificial Eye) / http://amzn.to/2pWMDGN

> George Miller interview at IndieWire on the Fury Road Chrome Edition
> Roger Ebert’s Great Movies: Crimes and Misdemeanors
> Kenneth Lonergan, Casey Affleck and Lucas Hedges Discuss Manchester By The Sea at AOL
> DP/30 interview with writer-director Damien Chazelle on La La Land

DVD & Blu-ray Picks: April 2017

DVD & BLU-RAY PICKS

Crimes and Misdemeanours (Arrow Films) / http://amzn.to/2qL3M6k

Solaris – The Criterion Collection (Sony Pictures Home Ent.) / http://amzn.to/2pEh2JT

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (Walt Disney Home Entertainment) / http://amzn.to/2qL0VKz

Akira (Manga Entertainment) / http://amzn.to/2pDZjC1

O.J.: Made in America (Fremantle) / http://amzn.to/2pQDVow

Coal Miner’s Daughter (Media Sales) / http://amzn.to/2pQuupg

Umberto D (Trinity Creative Partnership) / http://amzn.to/2qLbm0M

The Lady from Shanghai (Trinity Creative Partnership) / http://amzn.to/2rjPZzI

> More about Vittorio De Sica at Wikipedia
> Reviews of Crimes and Misdemeanours at IMDb

DVD & Blu-ray Picks: March 2017

DVD & BLU-RAY PICKS

Another Woman (Arrow Films) / Blu-ray/Normal / http://amzn.to/2pRiAhX

Knife in the Water (Screenbound Pictures Ltd) / Blu-ray / http://amzn.to/2pRcEpf

Nocturnal Animals (Universal) / Blu-ray/Normal / http://amzn.to/2paXzjx

Repulsion (Screenbound Pictures Limited) / Blu-ray/DVD / http://amzn.to/2qRTGN5

Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (Trinity Creative Partnership) / Blu-ray/DVD / http://amzn.to/2qgPbPH

Paterson (Soda Pictures Ltd) Blu-ray/DVD / http://amzn.to/2qJjBKa

> Find out more about Roman Polanski’s films at DVD Beaver
> More about Another Woman at Woody Allen Pages

DVD & Blu-ray Picks: February 2017

DVD & BLU-RAY PICKS

Heat (20th Century Fox Home Entertainment) Blu-ray / Remastered http://amzn.to/2o0NL7y

Glengarry Glen Ross (Network Releasing) Blu-ray / Normal http://amzn.to/2nlSUJj

A Man for All Seasons – The Masters of Cinema Series (Eureka) Blu-ray / with DVD – Double Play http://amzn.to/2mApdFf

Charade (Universal Pictures) Blu-ray / Normal http://amzn.to/2nxjC27

Hannah and Her Sisters (Arrow Films) Blu-ray / Normal http://amzn.to/2nRl1RL

Woody Allen: Seven Films – 1986-1991 (Arrow Films) Blu-ray / Box Set http://amzn.to/2mAJ8Ei

Christine (Universal Pictures) Blu-ray / Normal http://amzn.to/2nxjW0O

Cul-de-sac – The Criterion Collection (Sony Pictures Home Ent.) Blu-ray / Restored http://amzn.to/2mAM03Q

I, Daniel Blake (Entertainment One) Blu-ray / Normal http://amzn.to/2nRrIU7

Mildred Pierce – The Criterion Collection (Sony Pictures Home Ent.) Blu-ray / Restored http://amzn.to/2n38LcQ

My Darling Clementine (Arrow Films) Blu-ray / Normal http://amzn.to/2nlMolM

The Last Detail (Indicator) Blu-ray / with DVD – Double Play http://amzn.to/2n37zGw

The Wicker Man (Elevation Sales) Blu-ray / Normal http://amzn.to/2nlQwSF

What Dreams May Come (Fremantle) Blu-ray / Normal http://amzn.to/2mAIPZX

> Review of the newly restored Heat Blu-ray
> Blu-ray.com review The Last Detail (1973)