Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Adele's 'Skyfall': Among The Best James Bond Themes Ever

New mama Adele's stupendous new James Bond theme "Skyfall"—one of the best songs of 2012—apparently moved Mr. Bond, Daniel Craig, to tears. He tells Yahoo! Movies, "I cried. From the opening bars I knew immediately, then the voice kicked in and it was exactly what I'd wanted from the beginning. It just got better and better because it fit the movie. The more of the movie we made, the more it fit."

Director Sam Mendes, meanwhile, also heaped praise on Adele: "She came in very early before we started shooting and her main concern was, 'I write songs about myself, how can I make a 'Bond' song? My answer was,'Just write a personal song!' Carly Simon's 'Nobody Does it Better' was a love song."

"Skyfall" was recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London with a 77-piece orchestra. Adele teamed with Paul Epworth, who co-wrote and produced her massive hit "Rolling In The Deep," which is also oozing with classic Bond instrumentation.

The song debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 last week at No. 8. This week it dips to 13, while it's 19 on iTunes, and No. 2 in the U.K.

I have a feeling it's destined for U.S. chart-topping action once the movie hits theaters. I remember when Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On" was first released and inched its way up the single chart—until the release of Titanic. The rest is history.

"Skyfall" ranks up with some of the best previous JB themes, including "For Your Eyes Only" from Sheena Easton, "Live and Let Die" from Paul McCartney & Wings, "A View To A Kill" from Duran Duran and "All Time High" from Rita Coolidge. *