Few artists have achieved what Tina Turner did in almost half a century as a solo artist. One of the most celebrated icons of music – and one of the best-selling artists of all time – The Queen of Rock’n’Roll is more than just a singer. Pushing the limits for black and female artists alike, she has inspired future generations to follow in her footsteps, while also proving herself a unique talent that cannot be replicated. Flaunting flawless vocals, A-list collaborators (Pet Shop Boys, Sting, US) and one of the best James Bond songs of all time, her ninth studio album, Wildest Dreams, continued her relevance well into the 90s.
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Suspense, arousal and elegance
Specially written for Turner by U2’s Bono and The Edge, the title song to the 1996 Bond movie, GoldenEye, took its place alongside Dame Shirley Bassey’s iconic themes for Goldfinger, Moonraker and Diamonds Are Forever. Turner had confessed to always wanting to play the part of a Bond girl, but though she managed to stage a successful acting career – including an iconic countercultural appearance as the Acid Queen in the movie adaptation of The Who’s Tommy and bagging herself an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress In A Motion Picture, for her role in the 1985 blockbuster Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome – her contribution to the franchise was purely musical. However, Bono, The Edge and Turner knew exactly what they wanted to achieve – and they nailed it. Balancing suspense, arousal and elegance, with Turner taking a more restrained approach than usual, GoldenEye encapsulated everything a Bond theme needs and immediately established itself among the best Tina Turner songs. Released alongside the movie in November 1995, the single went Top 10 in the UK, France, Italy and Germany, while also hitting No.3 on the European Top 100.