Adele Channels Her Inner Shirley Bassey on ‘Skyfall’ Theme

A James Bond film can live or die by its opening-credits theme song. The big, sexy lounge numbers of the Sean Connery era—"Goldfinger," "Diamonds Are Forever"—are as well-known and loved as the corresponding movies that bear those names. Although The Spy Who Loved Me is probably a bottom-tier bond movie, Carly Simon’s "Nobody Does It Better," composed by the late, great Marvin Hamlisch, is one of the best themes in the entire series. And does anybody remember a-Ha’s theme to "The Living Daylights?" Does anybody remember The Living Daylights? No? Exactly. 

Following a rather mixed bag of Bond themes throughout the latter Pierce Brosnan/Daniel Craig era—ranging from Jack White’s explosive "Another Way to Die" for Quantum of Solace to Garbage’s "The World Is Not Enough" to Madonna’s ill-fitting "Die Another Day"—with the upcoming Skyfall comes a return to the more traditional Bond theme. In a sample released today, Adele, who has been charged with the eponymous theme tune for Skyfall, delivers the closest (and most successful) attempt at the old-school Bond number in recent years. It will make you want to partake in something shaken, not stirred.

The full track, which was cowritten by Paul Epworth (who also worked on "Rolling In the Deep"), will be released this Friday, October 5th, at 12:07 a.m. (0:07, get it?) to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the character and his martini-drinking, Soviet-warcraft-thwarting, femme fatale-seducing ways. Have a listen to a snippet of "Skyfall" below.

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