New ‘Skyfall’ Poster & Character Banners; Adele Confirmed for Theme Song

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The merry melodies of the James Bond franchises have been performed by quite the diverse collection of musicians over the years, including Paul McCartney & the Wings, Nancy Sinatra, Alicia Keys with Jack White, Rita Coolidge, A-ha, Shirley Bassey, Carly Simon, Sheena Easton, Duran Duran, Chris Cornell, Garbage, and Madonna - among many others. Opinions varyabout which artists delivered the best tunes – McCartney’s “Live and Let Die” usually ranks high – and whose Bond theme songs were, at best, utterly forgettable.

Rumors have been circulating for months now that hearty-voiced Brit sensation Adele will be performing the theme song for this fall’s Skyfall, the 23rd installment in the ongoing saga of Agent 007 (and third film featuring Daniel Craig as Bond). We now have confirmation that the singer behind such chart-toppers as “Rolling in the Deep” and “Set Fire to the Rain” is indeed composing and singing the Skyfall theme song.

Showbiz 411 writer Roger Friedman has the exclusive on Adele being onboard for Skyfall, him being the source behind the rumors that began circulating earlier this year. So far the general response is positive, with most fans dubbing Adele’s soulful performance style as a good match for Bond. If nothing else, her 007 song should be a far cry from the less-liked pop music compositions in previous films (Madonna’s “Die Another Day,” being a prime example).

Meanwhile, a new poster featuring Craig as 007 haspopped up online, as have character banners featuring Bérénice Marlohe and Ralph Fiennes in their respective Skyfall roles. Check them out below:

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 New Skyfall Poster & Character Banners; Adele Confirmed for Theme Song

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 New Skyfall Poster & Character Banners; Adele Confirmed for Theme Song

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 New Skyfall Poster & Character Banners; Adele Confirmed for Theme Song

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[NOTE: Ralph Fiennes' character's name is "Mallory." Will that be shortened to the new "M" by the end of the film?]

Skyfall was directed by Oscar-winner Sam Mendes of American Beauty, Road to Perdition, and Revolutionary Road fame; judging by previous trailer footage, the filmmaker looks to deliver an installment that completes the “Bond Begins” arc that started with Casino Royale, then carried on through to Quantum of Solace. Many consider the latter Craig-starring Bond film as somewhat of a misstep, which has only heightened expectations for Skyfall to serve as a return-to-form for the 50-year old globe-trotting action series.

We learned last week that Craig is officially committed to appearing in two more Bond films; here’s hoping that Skyfall does indeed kick-off the remainder of his run in style, when it opens in U.S. theaters on November 9th, 2012.

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Source: Showbiz 411, The Playlist

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  1. I hate to turn up out of the blue uninvited

    I heard that your dreams came true

    You know how the time flies
    Only yesterday was the time of our lives

    Regrets and mistakes
    They are memories made

    Sometimes it lasts in love but sometimes it hurts instead

  2. Im ok with Adele doing the theme.

    The Jack White and Alicia Keys one was the worst Bond theme ever.

    • I don’t know, I might go with Sheryl Crow’s “Tomorrow Never Dies”. I think the worst part about that one was that they rolled the end credits with a k.d. lang song that was so much better.

      I do think the White/Keys theme suffers in the same way that the movie itself suffered, from being in the unfortunate position of following “Casino Royale”. I thought Chris Cornell’s “You Know My Name”, along with the entire title sequence, was the best in the series.

      John Barry and David Arnold have almost always had a hand in the themes, which I think probably kept them consistent. I hope the new guy can do Bond justice.

      • I loved Chris Cornell’s “You Know My Name”. So many people say how awful it was, but I always thought it rocked. I really liked the opening sequence for “Casino Royale” because it was probably the first opening to have the focus be on Bond instead of the naked ladies (not that I don’t mind that either ;) )

        I remember hearing the Keys/White one on the radio and thinking it sounded unbelievably terrible. However, it grew on me real quick.

        • Yeah on first listen is sounded awful, but somehow it just grew on me…didn’t really know you could ‘acquire’ taste in music, till then.

          Still wasn’t better than Chris Cornell though.

          I like Adele being on board for this, but more for her voice rather than her usual musical style – I mean, I really like ‘Rolling in the Deep’ but it ain’t exactly a Bond song, right?

      • You Know My Name was certainly the best one in the past 20 years, and people seem to dislike it for some reason.

        • I think of all those years that Bond movies opened with a big showpiece stunt, in an exotic location, followed by a wink and a wisecrack from Bond. Then I remember watching Daniel Craig destroy a public bathroom – by bashing everything to pieces with a bad guy’s face – in black and white, and how everybody in the theater was staring with their mouths open. Think of how it would have gone over if they had followed that with Rita Coolidge or Madonna. I think Chris Cornell (and David Arnold) nailed that opening.

          Bond themes should be big – “Thunderball”, “Golfinger”, “Live and Let Die”, “A View to a Kill”, etc. I don’t think of any of the Bond themes weren’t good songs, but only a few have been truly great theme songs.

  3. Tina Turner’s raw and soulful “GoldenEye” stays with you as well as Madonna’s vibrantly produced “Die Another Day”. If Adele performed them (today) they would be neither overlooked nor ridiculed…because Adele is so beloved.

    • I would have to agree about Tina Turner and Goldeneye…

  4. Perfect choice for the classic approach to a Bond film which seems to be the intension with Skyfall, I adore Adele and have had the pleasure of seeing her at an intermete gig at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, she was unbelievable!

  5. the casino royale song was great…to me the best of all the bond songs, me being only 20 might add to that prejudice, but it was still a suiting song. 2012 seems to be the year we can’t escape adele however and hearing that she will be permeating a franchise i hold dear really irritates me. i miss those early rumors of the producers wanting the Killers…i wish that were true more than ever now. the song doesn’t affect the movie though and i’ll still be seeing it opening day. a minor gripe i can always mute when i watch it at home :P

  6. I suppose I’m sexist but I’ve always preferred the Bond theme songs that have been sung by female vocalists.

    The Absolute Finest Songs….

    1. Nobody Does It Better ; Carly Simon

    2. You Only Live Twice ; Nancy Sinatra

    3 Goldfinger ; Shirley Bassey

    4. If There Was A Man ( from The Living Daylights ) Chrissie Hynde

    5. Godeneye ; Tina Turner

    The WORST :

    1. Thunderball ; Tom Jones

    2. From Russia With Love ; Matt Monro (???)

    3. The Living Daylights ; Ah Ha

    4. A View To A Kill ; Duran Duran

    Exceptions :

    Live And Let Die ; Wings ( Obviously one of the greatest )

    Another Way To Die – QoS ; Jack White/ Alicia Keys ( Obviously one of the worst )

    Adele’s gonna rip the rafters off. SKYFALL just seems to have everything going for it.

  7. A recent BBC radio poll, commissioned as part of the 50 year celebrations, has ‘Live and Let Die’ topping the list as best Bond song of all time, Carl Simon’s ‘Nobody does it Better’ was 2nd and Shirley Bassey’s ‘Goldfinger’ was 3rd. I sort of agree with this arrangement. Surprising to me though, Duran Duran’s ‘ A View to a Kill’ (which, like Kryptonic,I thought was awful) and Alicia Keys’ ‘Another way to Die’ came 4th and 5th respectively while great soulful themes like Rita Coolidge’s ‘All time high’ and Gladys Knight’s ‘License to Kill’ didn’t make the top ten list. Sheena Easton’s ‘For your eyes only’ and Bassey’s ‘Diamond Are Forever’ made it, thankfully.

    My top 5 would be the first 3 on BBC’s poll, followed by ‘All time high’, ‘Diamonds Are Forever’, ‘Her Majesty Secret Service’ instrumental theme song, Louis Armstrong’s soulful ‘All the time in the world’, ‘For Your Eyes Only’, Turner’s ‘Goldeneye’ and finally at 10th, Knight’s ‘License to Kill’. My worst would be Madonna’s ‘Die another day’-even worse than Dr.No’s ‘Kingston calypso’ (i.e. Three Blind mice) and Duran Duran. But generally, I think John Barry had the best run as theme composer. I’m sure Adele will do a great job.

  8. That’s funny. Perhaps that’s one of the reasons why Live and Let Die, The Spy Who Loved Me and Goldfinger are my three favourite Bond Movies. They had the total package: good action, formidable and unique adversaries (both henchman and boss), Bond suavete, unique setting(s), and.. a damn good soundtrack!

  9. I thought the opening for “The World is Not Enough.” By Garbage Was the best one in the series. I hope they bring back the dancing women. I miss those.

    I have a good feeling this one will top Casino Royale.

  10. Live and Let Die is definitely my favorite Bond’s theme song. Most of the theme songs from the 60′s – 70′s era were great. For the 2000′s era, I love Chris Cornell’s “You Know My Name”. The World is Not Enough and GoldenEye were also good, conveying that epic retro feeling from the old Bond movies. I also like Matt Monroe’s “From Russia with Love”, also the movie, but it feels like it belongs in a romance drama, especially that Venice boat ride at the end of the movie.

  11. I’m not sure what BBC poll you saw. But the one I saw had “A View to A Kill” by Duran Duran as the top rated theme with Live and Let Die 2nd.

  12. Although some might argue, and with some point perhaps, that Sir Paul’s recent performance of ‘Live & Let Die’ at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and at the Olympic Games may have given it some advantage over Shirley Bassey and co.- being freshest in people’s memory, I still believe its position is well-deserved. The lyrics, the bridge, the instrumentation- all wonderful!

  13. Sorry, I think that was only in the Diamond Jubilee celebrations. He played ‘Hey Jude’ at the Olympics.

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