Adele Releases 'Skyfall': Celebrate 50 Years of James Bond Themes (GALLERY)
With the debut of Adele’s sumptuous, instant-classic theme for Skyfall, the James Bond series celebrates 50 years of glorious movie music.
The pop singer’s title track to the forthcoming film is a welcome return to form for the series, which has endured some decidedly uninspired themes in recent years, even from bona fide icons like Jack White (who catastrophically dueted with Alicia Keys on the song for Quantum of Solace) and Madonna (who, to be fair, only matched the awfulness of Die Another Day with her track).
But as a whole, the James Bond franchise has distinguished itself with a real majority of great, great theme songs, thanks in no small part to the longtime collaboration of composer John Barry, who’s been working on the films since Dr. No debuted in 1962. (This may also speak to why the post-Barry themes have been, well, a little uneven.)
What does Adele’s ‘Skyfall’ theme sound like?
Sony Pictures released “Skyfall” online late Thursday, not until after it already popped up on multiple websites earlier in the day.
Listen to Adele’s song below:
But check out Celebuzz’ gallery of the singers who contributed Bond songs over the years. Although our favorites include Nancy Sinatra’s “You Only Live Twice,” Duran Duran’s “A View to a Kill” and Louie Armstrong’s “We Have All The Time In The World” (from On Her Majesty’s Secret Service), dig through our list of Bond themes and tell us which ones you liked best in the comments section below.