2011's preeminent recording artist Adele has set the rumor mill ablaze by hinting that she may have been cherry picked to record the next James Bond theme. On Jonathan Ross’ British chat show, the host asked the "Rolling In the Deep" singer what she will be recording next.
“Well, this is actually a theme. Wow, that’s really giving something away,” Adele responded. “It’s a concept... one song.” Ross began to hum the James Bond theme.
Other reports have suggested that Kings of Leon, Leona Lewis or—egads—Beyonce are being considered for currently titled Bond 23, with Daniel Craig reprising the role, however, can you imagine a better act than Adele to return the franchise to hit status, after the previous few stinkers? (Read: Jack White of White Stripes and Alicia Keys ghastly collaboration for previous Bond flick Quantum of Solace and other recent bombs from Chris Cornell, Sheryl Crow, The Pretenders and Gladys Knight.)
If Adele is indeed recording the new Bond theme, she would be in great company with Sheena Easton, whose 1981 "For Your Eyes Only" was a top 5 hit in the States and an Oscar nominee (one of only three, with Carly Simon and Paul McCartney & Wings). Sheena is also the only artist to ever appear in a Bond title sequence.
Other stellar Bond performers include Duran Duran, Lulu, Shirley Bassey, McCartney, Rita Coolidge, Tina Turner and Simon.