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Press release: Madonna to Compose, Perform Next Bond Theme

Fri Mar 15, 4:04 PM ET LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – After scoring a Grammy-winning hit with her theme song to the last “Austin Powers” movie, pop diva Madonna is ready to sing for a real spy.

The Material Girl has been tapped to compose and perform the title song for the next James Bond film, “Die Another Day,” becoming the latest ina string of music stars who have recorded 007 themes over the years, producers announced on Friday.

“Die Another Day,” the 20th Bond film, will star Pierce Brosnan in his fourth incarnation as the suave British super spy and actress Halle Berry as the agent’s latest squeeze.

Metro-Goldwyn Mayer Inc. is due to release the film in November in conjunction with the 40th anniversary of the venerable film franchise spawned by the novels of Ian Fleming.

Madonna, set to star this spring in a new London stage play, “Up for Grabs,” follows in the footsteps of numerous recording stars who have lent their talents to James Bond soundtracks over the years.

Notable hit Bond themes have included “We Have All the Time in the World” (from “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service”) sung by Louis Armstrong, “Live and Let Die,” performed by Paul McCartney and Wings,” “Nobody Does It Better” (“The Spy Who Loved Me”) sung by Carly Simon, and “For Your Eyes Only,” sung by Sheena Easton.

Madonna, 43, has written and recorded a number of movie songs during her career, including the hit “Beautiful Stranger” from espionage spoof “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me,” which won a Grammy Award for best song written for a motion picture, and a Golden Globe nomination.

The Bond film is due to be released on Nov 22nd.