The long awaited for theme song for the new James Bond film, Skyfall is officially here. The dangerous Bond tune, “Skyfall” is dangerous, classic with a tinge of orchestra and pop. We actually think Adele out did herself this time. Well we wonder where Adele’s skyfall song stands among the other Bond theme songs.
This was the MTV USA insight of the all the past great theme singers for the 23-Bond movie franchise that missed hitting the high marks.
“-The most recent example was from none other than Jack White, the typically dead-on former White Stripes leader who missed the mark with his herky-jerky, overly serious collabo with Alicia Keys on “Another Way To Die” from 2008’s “Quantum of Solace.”
Similarly, Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell over-grunged it with 2006’s bland “You Know My Name” from 2006’s “Casino Royale” and Madonna totally missed the mark with the glitchy, techno tune “Die Another Day,” which sounded more Madge than Bond. Garbage had a better go of it in 1999 with the classically sensual, trip-hoppy “The World is Not Enough,” but Sheryl Crow was a bit snoozy with 1997’s limp “Tomorrow Never Dies.”
The incomparable Bono and The Edge of U2 almost nailed it with their jazzy, hip-swiveling stab at the genre with 1995’s “GoldenEye,” sung with sex appeal by rock icon Tina Turner.
Adele’s song is of a piece with U2’s take, aiming for the same slinky gravitas as the all-time Bond themes, which you can’t even talk about without a nod to the all-time Bond gal: Shirley Bassey. The brassy Welsh belter is the only artist to record more than one Bond tune, nailing it all three times with her incomparable songs for “Goldfinger,” “Diamond Are Forever” and “Moonraker.”
You also can’t talk about Bond without mentioning Paul McCartney and Wings’ 1973 classic, “Live and Let Die,” Carly Simon’s soaring 1977 theme to “The Spy Who Loved Me,” “Nobody Does it Better” and Sheena Easton’s 1981 hit “For Your Eyes Only.” –
Adele initially hesitated taking on doing the Song but later on fell in love with the script and sung it. She said it was among the best and proudest moments and that when she is old she would look back and tell people that she was as well once a Bond Girl.
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