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Adele's Skyfall Theme Is Here
Hear her brassy, classy new tune

05 October 2012  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Adele

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You’d have to have been living at the bottom of a hollowed-out volcano (with all your communications disrupted by a pesky secret agent) not to know that Adele was all but confirmed to be signing the theme tune to Skyfall. The lady herself tweeted a picture of the lyric sheet for the song – called, shockingly, Skyfall – earlier this week and now the track is finally online after an official launch at 0.07am BST (see what they did there, eh?). Give it a listen above.

Threaded through with bars from Monty Norman’s original theme for Bond, it’s a classic ballad that calls back towards the likes of Shirley Bassey and Matt Monro. Which, honestly, seems more than fitting given Sam Mendes and the EON team’s commitment to blend Bond’s past with his present for his latest adventure.

And if anyone was going to do a Bond theme justice, Ms. Adkins’ certainly qualified. You can also buy it from Adele's site via iTunes. So come on... what do you think? And to compare and contrast it to previous Bond tunes, check out our feature on just that...


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RE: not bad, not great
"I love Adele, darling, but she doesn't have the range!" More

Posted by Darth Marenghi at 22:30 on 09 October 2012 | Report This Post

not bad, not great
This one is not bad, sounds bond, but is missing it's own distinctive voice. Often the films composer writes the songs and then the films themes are built around it (or vice versa).. But this once is just plain bond. So nothing terrible, but nothing grat either. But a huge step up from Madonna, JWhite/Keyes and SCrow! urgh! More

Posted by blindfold at 12:49 on 08 October 2012 | Report This Post

classic, but...
it's a proper old school bond theme, but i've got to admit, i'm quite possibly the only person alive who loved jack white/alicia keys' track. classic cues but a modern take, stabbing piano and growling guitars. what's not to like?! anyway, adele does what she does best - big, lush and often strangely twisted vowels! More

Posted by obimoo at 01:00 on 07 October 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Deserves to be ranked with the very best of the series
L: manwihtheplan Very James Bond in feel. Still dislike Craig as Bond! think you and Cool Breeze have a lot to talk about. More

Posted by MonsterCat at 00:12 on 07 October 2012 | Report This Post

It has that classic feel to it, bringing back the feeling of 60s bond, which in my opinion was bond at his best. But its the best theme since Goldeneye definitely More

Posted by baseballfuries22 at 18:35 on 06 October 2012 | Report This Post

RE: It's no Goldfinger
Best Bond tune since GoldenEye - which imo is still the best in recent years by a mile. I'm a bit of a classicist when it comes to something like Bond music and this is a nice return to the traditonal Bassey-esque style and away from the more modern takes in recent years which i really didn't like. Adele is the perfect choice, the beginning and the end parts of the song being the stand outs for me. Really promising stuff for this new Bond which i'm hoping will go some way to making up for More

Posted by Stryder at 11:11 on 06 October 2012 | Report This Post

It's no Goldfinger
While this latest theme song is trying to emulate the feel and tone of Bassey, to me it seems caught somewhere between those great early Bond tunes and the musical drivel we got around the time of For Your Eyes Only and Octopussy. When Casino Royale was released we had a more rugged and brutal portrayal of Bond, and a harder edged theme song in You Know My Name to go with it, followed in largely the same vein with Another Way to Die. These songs were at least like an extension of the adrenali More

Posted by The Real Alex Young at 22:23 on 05 October 2012 | Report This Post

The Chorus??!
Anyone else think that the chorus third line sounds really odd? The quick rise up and jump down the octave. It sounds like my aunt pissed at a wedding singing. And yes, the token - let's crowbar in the Bond chromatic section is just getting so dull. Underwhelmed.. More

Posted by loboboy at 20:45 on 05 October 2012 | Report This Post

Rhubarb crumble
. More

Posted by feckish at 19:59 on 05 October 2012 | Report This Post

Bring back the 60's
This is the best Bond theme since Dame Shirley Bassey belted her tunes - sassy, sexy, mysterious - just like a bond movie/song should be. More

Posted by bastian at 19:58 on 05 October 2012 | Report This Post

Must Try Harder ...
I'm not a hater, but that's weak. No drama, no emotion and no soul. Adele has such an amazing voice and she's using about a third of her range. Is this the same woman who sang 'Rolling in the Deep'? It doesn't sound like it. Yes, it sounds like Connery-era Bond, but that makes it sound like they've run out of ideas. Or maybe even parody. If the lyrics were naughty it would work in an Austin Powers movie. I was really hoping for something new. I'm disappointed by the formulaic approach. Also disa More

Posted by Nicky C at 18:19 on 05 October 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Adele's Skyfall Theme Is Here
I don't mind it too much, better than Jack White/Alicia Keyes one at any rate. It's got the JB theme throughout (which I like), but it's the way she sings Skyfalls, Crumbles and Tall - what the deuce man?! More

Posted by Ref at 16:20 on 05 October 2012 | Report This Post

dull
erm,, Jack WHITE people,,,WHITE! ;-) Id love to hear Jack Black do it mind you! so anyway, this really is a load of mazimum dullness. total meh of a song. More

Posted by lonelybhoy at 15:21 on 05 October 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Adele's Skyfall Theme Is Here
Best since Goldeneye. More

Posted by The Hooded Man at 15:14 on 05 October 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Adele's Skyfall Theme Is Here
Bond by numbers was my first thought, now I think its epic. More

Posted by donethinking at 14:50 on 05 October 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Adele's Skyfall Theme Is Here
It's as boring as hell. The Muse song 'Supremacy' should have been used instead More

Posted by Charles B. Potatoes at 14:33 on 05 October 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Adele's Skyfall Theme Is Here
Normally I avoid judging songs on first listen so when I heard a short snippet the other day and didn't like it at all I assumed I'd need to hear the full thing before judging. Now I have. And it still ain't doing it for me at all. Hopefully its a grower, because this just seems dull, particularly when compared to 'You Know My Name' from Casino Royale, Then again, it can't be any worse than some of the modern Bond Themes (I'm looking at you Madonna.) More

Posted by Neilloc at 14:02 on 05 October 2012 | Report This Post

RE: One Of the dreariest in a long time...
You're "Pining for Jack Black"??? Tenacious D Bond song..... would be interesting, but slightly inappropriate I think... More

Posted by jimizero1 at 12:31 on 05 October 2012 | Report This Post

RE: One Of the dreariest in a long time...
You're "Pining for Jack Black"??? Tenacious D Bond song..... would be interesting, but slightly inappropriate I think... More

Posted by jimizero1 at 12:31 on 05 October 2012 | Report This Post

One of the dreariest in a long time
Just cos shes thrown in a John Barry riff doesnt stop it from being on of the most boring bond songs in a long time. Am actually pining for Jack Black and thats saying a lot... More

Posted by coomi77 at 11:12 on 05 October 2012 | Report This Post

Skyfall - Adele
Bloomin' marvellous! More

Posted by AquaDragon2K at 11:12 on 05 October 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Deserves to be ranked with the very best of the series
he skyfall... apple crumbles...."he world is about to be consumed by apple crumbles!!! http://ichef.bbci.co.uk/food/ic/food_16x9_448/recipes/a pplecrumble_2971_16x9.jpg Do like the song. Very James Bond in feel. Still dislike Craig as Bond! More

Posted by manwihtheplan at 10:45 on 05 October 2012 | Report This Post

Deserves to be ranked with the very best of the series
Instantly impressive and catchy. This tune perfectly evokes the glamour and danger of the Bond series. Beautifully mysterious, langorously lyrical, perhaps one of the most successful Bond theme to date ( since Goldeneye ). This recalls the romance of Dame Shirley Bassey's songs. It just shows how bad and ill-judged that last Jack Black / Alicia Keys collaboration was for most folk. Everything about this film, from the trailers to this theme tune, augurs a classic Bond film ( another Goldf More

Posted by Bill Marcus at 10:30 on 05 October 2012 | Report This Post

Finally
I think they realise what's cool about the bond movies and themes. That 60's edge. I hope the movie has a bit of a retro feel too. More

Posted by stucy at 10:27 on 05 October 2012 | Report This Post

Top notch
A beautiful tune in line with the fine history och Bond tunes. Well done indeed! More

Posted by Mr:_Dahlberg at 10:25 on 05 October 2012 | Report This Post

EXCELLENT!
that's the best theme in ages, yet the haters will still go mental on iMDB More

Posted by Hughezyvstheworld at 09:27 on 05 October 2012 | Report This Post

She's not my usual cup of tea...
...but THAT is a Bond tune! More

Posted by Porter at 08:36 on 05 October 2012 | Report This Post

An instant classic!
Breathtakingly perfect! More

Posted by Pixaroholic at 08:28 on 05 October 2012 | Report This Post

Not Bad
I wasn't that impressed when I heard a leaked snippet of it the other day, but hearing it in its full glory I've changed my mind. It's the best Bond theme in a long while, especially when the backing singers kick in, just hope the film is good too! More

Posted by Dave25 at 05:32 on 05 October 2012 | Report This Post

Lacks Oomph!
Bring back Shirley Bassey is what I say. I want the hairs to stand up on the back of my neck when I hear a Bond theme, and although this comes close (and I appreciate the interweaving of the original theme), then this doesn't do that for me. More

Posted by WillRos at 02:00 on 05 October 2012 | Report This Post

The best
The best theme for a long time. Classic, yet modern, great brass at the beginning and the strings build to a great crescendo at the end. Can't wait to hear this play over Kleinman's titles. More

Posted by Truebloody at 00:35 on 05 October 2012 | Report This Post

The best
The best theme for a long time. Classic, yet modern, great brass at the beginning and the strings build to a great crescendo at the end. Can't wait to hear this play over Kleinman's titles. More

Posted by Truebloody at 00:35 on 05 October 2012 | Report This Post

The best
The best theme for a long time. Classic, yet modern, great brass at the beginning and the strings build to a great crescendo at the end. Can't wait to hear this play over Kleinman's titles. More

Posted by Truebloody at 00:32 on 05 October 2012 | Report This Post

Proper Bond
I love it its a proper Bond song, 007 out of 007. More

Posted by sledgehammer1 at 00:29 on 05 October 2012 | Report This Post

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