‘Skyfall’ Theme Song: Adele Sings of James Bond’s Doom

Published 3 years ago by , Updated March 3rd, 2014 at 11:58 am,

James Bond movies inspire a lot of fan debate – in regards to everything from the quality of the lead actor playing 007, to the quality of the lovely ladies that Bond will be seen canoodling with next. One of the lesser (but still important) aspects of a Bond film fans are critical of, is the quality of the opening credits theme song. Artists like Shirley Bassey, Paul McCartney, Duran Duran, Tom Jones, a-ha, Tina Turner, Sheryl Crow, Nancy Sinatra, Madonna and Jack White have all taken their shots at opening a 007 film in melodious fashion… to varying degrees of success.

For this fall’s 23rd James Bond film, Skyfall, superstar recording artist Adele is lending her trademark vocals to the franchise. Listen to the results above.

 Adele is… well, Adele, so it’s not very surprising to hear that the vocals on the “Skyfall” track are great. What is nice, however, is the type of sound Adele brings to the table; don’t be surprised if, from this point on, you hear endless claims amongst fans that the singer brings back “that Shirley Bassey feeling,” which made classic Bond films like Goldfinger and Diamonds Are Forever feel so… classic. Adele is welcome return to that former glory, as far as we’re concerned.

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Skyfall revolves around a plot in which Bond’s boss “M” (Judi Dench) is positioned for a big fall from grace by an insidious assassin known as Raoul Silva (Javier Bardem). Along the way we’ll see Bond (Daniel Craig) and MI6 under siege; the evolution of 007 from brutal thug to suave secret agent; the introduction of familiar Bond staples like gadget-man “Q” (Ben Whishaw), and the possible replacement of female “M” with a more traditional male version (aka, Ralph Fiennes as Gareth “M”allory).

Director Sam Mendes (American Beauty) has his work cut out for him, but the impression left by the Skyfall trailers and TV Spots suggest that he has more than risen to the task.

How do you like Adele’s theme song?

Skyfall will be in theaters and IMAX on November 9, 2012.

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  1. I like this song – and I look forward to a male M, its been long overdue.

  2. Adele is M singing to Bond

    • No, it’s not.

      • OH I love this song u need to see the film James bonds !!!!! N

  3. Classic!! She’s in the same league as Bassey! Love it!

  4. Well considering it couldn’t have been easy to write a song which incorporates the word ‘Skyfall’ (I mean, what the hell does that mean anyway?!), I think she did a pretty good job.

    I like it.

  5. Is this considered a spoiler?

    • I highly doubt it. 😛

  6. So is there going to be an official video with Adele on screen later or is it gonna be just some random scene from the movie?

  7. “SkyFall” always makes me think of the Gaul village Cheiftian “Vitalstatistix” from the French “Asterix” comic books. He was always scared that one day the world would end and the sky would fall on their heads.

  8. about time!! they got the tone of BOND that song is classic bond, I might look at this movie now I see that they are trying to capture the tone of the old james bond films..I like the song.

  9. Up there with A View To A Kill…

  10. It’s a great song.

    Hopefully the clarity of the recording will be better in theatres.

  11. Not bad

  12. Reminds me of earlier Bond themes…………
    Like it very much….

  13. I love it. This brings a touch of the earlier Bond films to present day. For those of us who grew up with the Bond movies, this is a much welcomed theme to enjoy. (And I disliked the theme from “Quantum of Solace.” Thank goodness for Adele and her talents.)

  14. Brilliant theme song by Adele.

    Linda, the younger generation like my brother and I growing up with the Pierce Brosnan Bond movies appreciate the return to the “big” sound of some of the more memorable theme songs as well (still can’t figure out what QoS’s theme song was actually about, so I agree wholeheartedly).

    • Another Way to Die was just describing Bond a little bit – smooth killer who can f*** up your day. And overall was about how as a spy, anyone and everyone could be someone out to kill you – just another way for you to die. So it’s about betrayal, deception and double agents, but at the same time about loyalty to those you trust – “another inch of your life sacrificed your brother, in the nick of time” (Bond, Mathis, Leiter) And all the wild “shoot em up, bang bang!” in the end is obviously an homage to the MOSTE egregious killing that Bond does in that movie…

      Also, particularly. Since they always want to get the title into the lyrics: “Another tricky little gun giving solace to the one that’ll never see the sunshine…” Basically the lies that someone will tell the other to give them a false sense of safety when they never were safe. Strangely I don’t think this is relevant to the movie because as far as Bond was trying to “gain solace” by finding out who killed Vesper, there was no “tricky little one” hinting at it. There was no double-agent Bond girl in that movie…just a glorified secretary and a hardcore feminist-type chick with a gross scar on her back.

      So yeah that’s that with that.

  15. I love the song and I’m really excited to see the movie this weekend!

  16. “pitch perfect”.

  17. Dissapointing, weak, lacklustre, predictable lyrics, flat, boring. Typical Epstrom copying from better and coming up with worse.

  18. as a professional musician with a fair “ear”, it’s evident that Adele goes in and out of tune throughout the song. Considering this is a recording and not a live performance, it’s puzzling to me that they didn’t re-record it. Any other pro musicians out there that can hear how flat she goes in several places in the recording?
    And btw, I’m a big fan of Adele. But out of tune, is out of tune. And for a professional to release this song is indeed a wonderment. ;(

  19. Awesome movie nd song..