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October 2, 2012 / jhsaeger

Adele’s “Skyfall” And The Stirring Majesty Of A Bond Theme


      On Thursday British megastar Adele will debut “Skyfall,” her newest song and the theme to the forthcoming James Bond film. Her first new song since her breakout album 21, “Skyfall” will debut shortly after midnight on her website, http://home.adele.tv/, and in the early evening hours of North America. While Adele has clearly launched herself into the highest stratosphere in music with the success of 21, her recording the theme to the newest Bond flick does place her into a select group of artists who have redefined film soundtracks by lending their work to the slickest film series to grace a movie theater.
      The music of James Bond holds a hallowed place in cinematic history, dating back to John Barry’s introductory score to Dr. No in 1962. The first (and best) theme to a 007 film belongs to Dame Shirley Bassey’s incredible interpretation of another Barry-penned classic, “Goldfinger.” Bassey, one of the finest vocalists to ever come from Wales, also holds the distinction of being the only artist to ever deliver multiple contributions to a Bond film. She also brought her Midas touch to the films Moonraker and Diamonds Are Forever.
        Almost two dozen other artists have also created Bond themes, an accomplishment that has evolved into its own special status that belongs to that select group of musicians. Being the voice of a Bond film is as much of being a status symbol and being the member of an elite club as the actors who have portrayed the secret agent. These musicians range from the most famous on the planet, Paul McCartney, to the offspring of other hallowed singers, Nancy Sinatra.
One trend that has evolved among the latest series of Bond music stems from the Broccoli family’s selection of the some of the coolest artists in contemporary pop. Looking at a list of Bond musicians is akin to taking a snapshot of the popular music of different eras. Tom Jones worked on 1965’s Thunderball, the ‘70s saw McCartney and Carly Simon, while the ‘80s featured Duran Duran and Gladys Knight. The films of the ‘90s included Garbage and Tina Turner. More recent Bond flicks have hosted Chris Cornell, Madonna, Jack White, and Alicia Keys.
        On Thursday the world will see Adele as she gives a go at being a Bond girl as the hype for Skyfall begins to build up. Written with her 21 collaborator Paul Epworth, Adele is likely to score a major hit just as the buzz from her sophomore album has begun to wane. After this post is a leak from Adele’s twitter page of a song that is vintage Bond and even includes a snippet of Barry’s theme as she shows her mastery of the song. Welcome to the most exclusive club in the cinema, Ms. Adkins.Adele’s leaked tweet of “Skyfall” from earlier today:

           Adele’s leaked tweet of “Skyfall” from earlier today: 

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