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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[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.