Listen: New Iggy Pop Single ‘James Bond’ Isn’t Really About James Bond


Tongues were set wagging from the very first minute Daniel Craig suggested he may not return to the role of 007 – and the speculation included everyone from Clive Owen to Idris Elba to….Emily Blunt.

It all fizzled when Craig decided he wasn’t quite ready to return to civilian life. But one of our other favorite badasses, one Iggy Pop, had another idea. Indeed, his new single “James Bond” isn’t actually an homage to MI6’s most famous operative – but rather it’s about an unnamed but particularly intriguing female, who powers through life with the same ruthless invincibility.

“I don’t know what she’s up to exactly,” admits Iggy, “but the tables seem to be turning, and she’s taking over. Well, why not? I’ll try anything once.”



Over a languid funk groove, he narrates her tale with an uncharacteristic aplomb – while Faith Vern of PINS breathily repeats the name “James Bond,” as if she were incessantly calling him to action. Leron Thomas adds some wicked trumpet blasts.

Iggy enthuses, “I’ve never had more fun singing a lyric. Faith’s reading is so loaded, and Leron’s production and trumpet along with the band swings like crazy.”

It’s taken from his upcoming new album Free, out September 6 via Loma Vista Recordings.

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