Of course, to the shock of approximately no one (including us!), Adele officially announced this morning via clever Twit-pic that she will be singing the theme song for the new James Bond movie Skyfall. And of course, mere hours after the announcement came down that the song would indeed be released Thursday, part of the song conveniently “leaked” onto Soundcloud. And of course, it is the best James Bond song ever recorded. Sorry I’m not sorry, Macca.
Sure, part of why this title track, co-written by Adele herself with songwriting partner Paul Epworth (the leaked preview of which you can stream below), is the best is because we’ve been experiencing the audio equivalent of cabin fever for the past two years as radio programmers have been trotting out single after single from her bajillion-copy-selling 21, the only original material we’ve heard from the singer in the past nearly two years since its arrival. The other part, though, is because the luxurious quality of her voice has always screamed, “1960s British Spy Flick Theme Song!” far louder than it has, “Chart-Busting Popstar!” There is literally no other British singer with more velvet-and-pearls-encrusted star-power who could have done a better job with a James Bond theme, and there probably won’t be for a very long time. (Though isn’t a shame that the late Amy Winehouse was never offered a chance?)
With this slinky 77-piece orchestra epic, Adele makes her predictable and perfect “no-brainer” ascent to 007 Heaven behind other “Bond girls” like Carly Simon (yeah, remember that 007 era?), YOLO predecessor Nancy Sinatra, and of course, the surprisingly appropriate Chris Cornell. The only artist who maintains a higher throne in the court of Ian Fleming spy novel adaptations is Shirley Bassey, the Welsh singer you probably don’t know by name but certainly do by voice: she’s only artist to ever record more than one Bond theme, having made easy classics out of “Goldfinger,” “Diamonds Are Forever,” and “Moonraker” over a period of 15 years. Give Adele 15 years of her own (by which time, may I remind you/freak you out, she’ll be the mother of a teenager), though, and she may very well have broken that record, too (or she’ll do however many she wants, at whatever rate she wants, really, because she’s Adele and 22 million copies don’t answer to nobody).
Behold, the glory, and do it quick, before Columbia Records unleashes its copyright takedown hounds:
The actual film Skyfall is out November 9 and looks like it’ll be appropriately grim and filled with explosions. Check out the woefully un-theme-song’ed trailer here: