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.
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).
How do you like Adele’s theme song?
Skyfall will be in theaters and IMAX on November 9, 2012.