GoldenEye (soundtrack)

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GoldenEye
Soundtrack album by Éric Serra
Released November 14, 1995
Genre Soundtrack
Length 54 minutes
Label EMI
Éric Serra chronology
Léon GoldenEye The Fifth Element
James Bond soundtrack chronology
Licence to Kill
(1989)
GoldenEye
(1995)
Tomorrow Never Dies
(1997)
Singles from GoldenEye
  1. "GoldenEye"
    Released: November 7, 1995
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars
Filmtracks 1/5 stars

GoldenEye is the soundtrack to the 17th James Bond film of the same name and was composed by Éric Serra. It was released by EMI on November 14, 1995. Serra composed and performed a number of synthesizer tracks, including the radically reworked version of the James Bond Theme that plays during the gun barrel sequence, while John Altman and David Arch provided the more traditional symphonic music.

The theme song, GoldenEye, was written by Bono and The Edge of Irish rock band U2, and was performed by Tina Turner. The Swedish group Ace of Base were also involved at one point, producing a song also called GoldenEye. This song was later released with slightly revised lyrics as The Juvenile on their 2002 album Da Capo. In addition to the Bondian bass line, it seems that the lyric 'The Juvenile' simply replaced 'The Goldeneye'. The other lyrics, most notably the line "Tomorrow's foe is now a friend" obviously refer to the plot of this film. The theme song was later covered by Nicole Scherzinger for the 2010 video game, GoldenEye 007.

The film features the song Stand By Your Man by Tammy Wynette, sung in a comic sequence by a still relatively unknown Minnie Driver, off-key and in an exaggerated Russian accent, in the scene in which Bond confronts Zukovsky.

The Goldeneye soundtrack received mixed reviews from film critics. Serra's score is often criticised by Bond fans, and is considered the farthest departure from a traditional Bond score and, by some, as the most inappropriate in the series history. Others find it highly innovative, with the main problem the lack of John Barry's traditional theme. The producers hired John Altman to provide the music used in the finished film for the tank chase in St. Petersburg; Serra's original unused track for that sequence can still be found on the soundtrack album as A Pleasant Drive in St. Petersburg.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "GoldenEye" – Tina Turner
  2. "The GoldenEye Overture: Half of Everything Is Luck/The Other Half Is Fate/For England, James"[A]
  3. "Ladies First"
  4. "We Share the Same Passions: The Trip to Cuba/The Same Passions"
  5. "Little Surprise for You: Xenia/D.M. Mishkin"
  6. "The Severnaya Suite: Among the Dead/Out of Hell/The Husky Tribe"
  7. "Our Lady of Smolensk"
  8. "Whispering Statues: Whispers/Two Faced"
  9. "Run, Shoot, and Jump"
  10. "A Pleasant Drive in St. Petersburg"[A]
  11. "Fatal Weakness"
  12. "That's What Keeps You Alone"
  13. "Dish out of Water: A Good Squeeze/The Antenna"
  14. "The Scale to Hell: Boris and the Lethal Pen/I Am Invincible"
  15. "For Ever, James"
  16. "The Experience of Love" – Eric Serra


  1. ^ a b contains the James Bond Theme, originally composed for the Dr. No soundtrack

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