Adele To Sing New James Bond Theme?

By Brian Salisbury 2011-09-06 14:52:01discussion comments
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Having locked down director Sam Mendes and signing acting talent such as Ralph Fiennes and Javier Bardem, it seems all the newest James Bond film needs is someone to sing the title song. Well, there’s also no word on a plot yet so they may want to take care of that as well. But hey, it looks like they may have gotten that theme song all wrapped up. During a recent appearance on The Jonathan Ross Show, British singer Adele may have inadvertently spilled the beans that she would be the one singing the title song for the new Bond film. She says that she’s going to be recording a “theme” in November and, though she’s coy about what it is, she breaks down laughing when Ross hums the iconic James Bond music.

Is this a confession? Judge for yourself. Jump to the six-minute mark to hear the exchange.

If you listen carefully, she actually nervously denies it with a curt “no” just after the laugh. But the explanation she gives immediately thereafter is shaky and feels very much like she’s trying to redirect the conversation because she realizes she shouldn’t have mentioned going into the studio to record “one song…a theme.” Now, this could be the Internet reading way too much into an unrelated conversation. But I suspect Adele will be singing the theme song even if this is not the formal announcement. Why else could she not tell Ross at least the name of that theme unless it was for a film for which the title had not yet been revealed? Like, say, the new Bond movie?

I love the idea of Adele singing the theme song to a James Bond film. She has a bluesy, soulful voice that reminds me of the great Dame Shirley Bassey. Bassey proved so adept at musically ushering audiences into James Bond’s latest adventure that she actually sang the theme song to three of the films: Goldfinger, Diamonds Are Forever, and Moonraker. For my money, the Daniel Craig Bond films are 1-for-2 in the theme song department. Chris Cornell’s "You Know My Name" not only got us excited for Casino Royale, but set the tone for the franchise’s complete reboot. But while I enjoyed the lyrics to Quantum of Solace’s "Another Way to Die", the mix of vocals between Jack White and Alicia Keys was far from ideal. My hope is that they will not try and similarly shoehorn an accompanying vocalist into the new song and just let Adele electrify us with her haunting voice.
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