Happy Birthday James Bond! Apparently, he’s 50 today and he still looks damn fine. And what better way to celebrate Global James Bond Day (yes, really) than to finally have a little listen to Adele’s long awaited Bond theme for Skyfall.
She’s been keeping a bit of a low profile of late, what with her being about to sprog any day now but we were very excited when it was eventually confirmed that she would be putting her lush vocals over the opening titles of the next Bond instalment.
Recorded at Abbey Road and co-written with producer Paul Epworth, Skyfall certainly ticks a lot of Bond boxes. It has the infamous chord sequence introduced by John Barry in the sixties and which remains a key feature of any theme – you know, the bit that when you hear it sounds all James Bond-y. Yeh, that. She also mentions the film’s title, Skyfall, a lot.
It’s also very Adele. Her tone and phrasing is unmistakable, the backing vocals echo the style she’s so famed for and she ends on a warbling high note.
Of the two camps – one being the adrenalin pumping rock anthems like Chris Cornell’s You Know My Name for Casino Royale and the other, the femme fatale melancholic ballads like Shirley Bassey’s Diamonds Are Forever – this certainly falls into the latter. It’s got that mysterious, smoochy feel which has got us keeping everything crossed that the film opens with a shot of Daniel Craig partially clothed at the very least.
It may not be especially ground-breaking but it certainly has all the hallmarks to make it a classic James Bond theme. And while it’s definitely more of a film theme than a pop song, that hasn’t stopped the hardcore fans from propelling it to number one in the iTunes chart just hours after its release.
Still, if you want one last hurrah before venturing into motherhood, that sure is one hell of a way to do it.