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2 October 2012, 12:32
After months of speculation, Adele has finally confirmed that she has recorded the theme tune to the new James Bond film Skyfall. Join Capital as we round-up all the facts you need to know about the most anticipated movie soundtrack ever.
Adele teamed up with producer Paul Epworth to write the theme song for Skyfall. The pair famously worked together on Adele's 2011 album '21', which is one of the biggest-selling albums of the century. Adele officially confirmed their collaboration on 'Skyfall' when she posted a picture of the lyrics sheet on Twitter, ending months of speculation that she had been tasked to create the theme song for the new film.
With the pressure of a James Bond legacy to live up to, Adele and producer Paul Epworth recruited a 77-piece orchestra to help compose the must for 'Skyfall'. The orchestra left a big impact on Adele, who said: "When we recorded the strings it was one of the proudest moments of my life!"
Although a 90-second clip of 'Skyfall' has already leaked online, it will officially debut on Friday at 0.07 BST on Adele's own website. The timing is not just significant because it is James Bond's secret agent number; it also marks the 50th anniversary of the release of Dr. No, and thus the James Bond film franchise, and will be celebrated as Global James Bond Day.
'Skyfall' is the 23rd James Bond theme tune and joins an illustrious roll of honour that includes songs by the likes of Shirley Bassey ('Goldfinger' and 'Diamonds Are Forever'), Paul McCartney ('Live And Let Die'), and more recently Madonna ('Die Another Day').
While Adele only confirmed she had recorded the latest James Bond theme in October 2012, the 'Rolling In The Deep' star first hinted that she was in contention to perform the song during an appearance on the Jonathan Ross Show in 2011. "I'm going back in the studio in November, fingers crossed," she told the chat show host, adding: "Well this is actually a theme, what I've got to do for, um… Wow. That's really giving something away isn't it?"
The world has been waiting for months to hear Adele's James Bond theme, but it turns out several of the singer's close friends have already heard 'Skyfall'. Speaking at the Mercury Prize last year, Tinie Tempah revealed Adele had already been talking to him about the song and joked that he wished he could record a theme for the film franchise. In September 2012, One Republic's Ryan Tedder, who also worked with Adele on '21', was forced to take down a tweet after he hailed 'Skyfall' as the "best Bond song in my lifetime".
'Skyfall' is not just a new James Bond theme, it's a new Adele song. The star has yet to record any new material side she released '21' in 2011 and fans were left concerned earlier this year when Adele hinted that she might not release a new album for several years. The theme has already been hailed as the perfect bridge between albums after a clip leaked online ahead of its official release.
Adele's song for Skyfall is the first James Bond theme since Madonna's 'Die Another Day' to share the same title as the film it supports. While traditionally Bond themes had the same title as the movie, in more recent years artists have been allowed more freedom. Chris Cornell's Casino Royale theme song was called 'You Know My Name' and Jack White and Alicia Keys' song for Quantum of Solace was titled 'Another Way To Die'.
Adele recorded the theme song for Skyfall during several studio visits, including one trip to Abbey Road studios in London in September 2012, which was widely reported by the tabloid press.
As expectation around Adele's James Bond theme grew, one Twitter user sent fans of the franchise wild in September 2012 when they claimed they had heard the song in the Guildford branch of HMV. The music retailer denied the reports, telling Capital FM at the time that none of the staff had played the song over their in-store PA.
Despite no official confirmation, in September 2012 bookmakers paid out on bets that Adele would be singing the theme song for Skyfall. "We are now unfortunately shaken, not stirred by this particular Bond battering," a spokesperson for William Hill said at the time. Picture: Twitter
The latest James Bond film is released in cinemas on 26th October and will once again see Daniel Craig revise his role as the 007 agent. In an interview about the film in 2011, Daniel said he was more excited about Skyfall than Casino Royale, which marked his maiden voyage as Bond, because it was a return to a more "classic" style of Bond. Javier Bardem will play Raoul Silva, the film's villain, in Skyfall, while Judie Dench returns as M.