It’s been no great secret that Adele would record the theme song to the new James Bond film, ‘Skyfall’. Rumors about the British singer’s involvement have abounded in recent weeks. For those few of you who’ve been waiting for official confirmation, the song was released Thursday at 7:07 PM Eastern. What’s your verdict?
I’m down with it. The song is very much Adele, but is also suitably Bondian. It’s very much in the style of the classic Shirley Bassey themes such as ‘Goldfinger’ and ‘Diamonds Are Forever’. The arrangement tastefully works in a tease of the iconic Monty Norman/John Barry “James Bond Theme.” The attempt to work the movie title into the lyrics feels like a bit of a kludge, but no more so than the themes to ‘Thunderball’ or ‘Moonraker’.
The song may not reinvent the notion of the James Bond theme or anything, but as far as I’m concerned, it’s an order of magnitude better than the franchise’s last three musical disasters: Madonna’s awful “Die Another Day,” Chris Cornell’s “You Know My Name” (from ‘Casino Royale’) or the Jack White/Alicia Keyes “Another Way to Die” (from ‘Quantum of Solace’).
[By the way, I snagged the banner image from this page. My apologies to the fine craftsman who Photoshopped it.]