“The World Is Not Enough”, performed by Garbage, is the theme single of the James Bond film by the same name. It was released in compilation with the soundtrack album of the film by Radioactive Records and MCA during the final months of Garbage’s world tour in support of their platinum certified album Version 2.0.
“The World Is Not Enough” was written by Tony, Grammy and Academy award winning James Bond themes lyricist Don Black in late 1988, and by Grammy, Ivor Novello and BMI Film Music award winning composer David Arnold. Mixed into five versions, the single was written in the traditional style of James Bond title themes with conflicting bloodthirsty and sexual lyrics. The line “There’s no point in living if you can’t feel alive”, an important plot point in the film, is included in the track as it appears on other media.
The song was lauded by most critics, though Garbage was initially uncredited. It reached the top 10s in Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and Finland, as well as the top 40 in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the U.K. IGN listed it as the ninth best James Bond theme of all time. The single was featured in several compilation albums including Garbage’s greatest hits album, Absolute Garbage.
Garbage recorded the song in London and Vancouver with Arnold during breaks in the band’s 1999 European tour.