New York • Friday marked the 50th anniversary of the release of Dr. No, and thus the James Bond film franchise, and was celebrated as Global James Bond Day. Marking the day was the release of Adele’s latest single, “Skyfall,” which is the official theme song to the upcoming 007 adventure of the same name.
“Skyfall” is the first recording by Adele since releasing her wildly successful album 21 in early 2011. To date, 21 has sold over 24 million albums worldwide and garnered Adele 6 Grammy Awards, 2 BRIT Awards and 2 Ivor Novello Awards.
The “Skyfall” track is now available to purchase as a download at iTunes. The lyric video to “Skyfall” can also be seen at http://adele.tv.
After reading the script for the film, Adele enlisted Paul Epworth to co-write and produce the theme song to “Skyfall.” Adele admits, “I was a little hesitant at first to be involved with the theme song for Skyfall. There’s a lot of instant spotlight and pressure when it comes to a Bond song. But I fell in love with the script and Paul had some great ideas for the track and it ended up being a bit of a no brainer to do it in the end. It was also a lot of fun writing to a brief, something I’ve never done, which made it exciting. When we recorded the strings it was one of the proudest moments of my life. I’ll be back combing my hair when I’m 60 telling people I was a Bond girl back in the day I’m sure!” Recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London, “Skyfall” features the lush accompaniment of a 77-piece orchestra.
“Skyfall” the movie will be released Nov. 9 in the U.S. Daniel Craig is back as Ian Fleming’s James Bond 007 in the 23rd adventure in the longest-running film franchise of all time. In “Skyfall,” Bond’s loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost. The film is directed by Sam Mendes.