Jack White has called his 2008 James Bond theme Another Way to Die one of the “most controversial things” he’s done.
The former White Stripes frontman stepped in to write and produce the song Quantum of consolation after Amy Winehouse’s track was rejected.
It featured vocals by Alicia Keys and peaked at number 9 in the UK Singles Chart, but was later described by The Independent‘s Ed Cumming as “crazy and amazing”.
Talking about a recent episode of the podcast Conan O’Brien needs a friendWhite said: “It’s one of the most divisive things I’ve been a part of.
“It’s still across the board to this day. People always say you love it or you hate it. This song is… there are people who hate it so much and there are people who love it so much. nowhere in the middle; it’s so weird.”
He added: “I came in because Amy Winehouse didn’t show up for the sessions or didn’t deliver the song she was asked to do.
“So it was like, ‘We’re running out of time, we need someone else…’ And I was like, ‘Oh, that was great, because now I’m going to get away with murder; I’m going to put things in this song that they would never approve of…’
“And that’s what happened… The music director wasn’t done with anything. He was trying to convince me to make it a ballad or something.”
Winehouse previously said her Bond song was turned down because movie bosses wanted something “clean and boring.”
Billie Eilish, Shirley Bassey, Adele and Duran Duran are among the other artists who have delivered the Bond theme.
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