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Lana Del Rey reveals Bond ambitions

Published 10/12/2015

Lana Del Rey had been tipped for the Bond theme song
Lana Del Rey had been tipped for the Bond theme song

Lana Del Rey would have jumped at the chance to record the theme song for Bond film Spectre, but says she was never asked.

She told NME: "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 for the theme song, it was Sam Smith's Writing on the Wall which accompanied the latest in the Bond film franchise.

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."

Del Rey, 30, 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.

"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 recently performed with Courtney Love on their co-tour, Endless Summer.

She said: "Touring with Courtney was great, we have some things in common that might not be visible from the outside.

"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."

:: The full interview will be published in NME magazine on Friday December 11.

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