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Adele’s Skyfall Theme is Here! Is It a Best of Bond?

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In case you didn’t know, the amazing British vocalist Adele has the honor of being the latest artist to record and perform a track for a James Bond film. Adele’s track “Skyfall,” which featured a 77-piece orchestra, will be the theme song for the film of the same name. The film was directed by Sam Mendes and stars Daniel Craig as James Bond once again. It opens in the United States on November 9.

Adele was a hesitant to do the theme song at first. She explained:

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.

She also jokingly added:

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!

The track was recorded at the famous Abbey Road Studio in London. You can check it out below.

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Personally, it fits in nicely with the vibe of a James Bond film. So, we’re digging it. But, how does it rank with other classic Bond themes?

“Diamonds Are Forever”

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“You Know My Name”

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We think it holds it’s on and could be considered a classic. However, if you want to revisit all the Bond themes of the past, then you’re luck.

Not only is there a new 007 film on the way, 2012 is also the 50th Anniversary of the first Bond film Dr. No, so in conjunction with EON Productions and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, Capitol/EMI, there will be an album compilation to join the celebration.

The 23-track album, titled Best Of Bond… James Bond,  will be available in digital and CD formats on October 9.

The track-listing is as follows:

  1. “James Bond Theme” – The John Barry Orchestra [from Dr. No, 1962]
  2. “From Russia With Love” – Matt Monro [from From Russia With Love, 1963]
  3. “Goldfinger” – Shirley Bassey [from Goldfinger, 1964]
  4. “Thunderball” – Tom Jones [from Thunderball, 1965]
  5. “You Only Live Twice” – Nancy Sinatra [from You Only Live Twice, 1967]
  6. “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” – The John Barry Orchestra [from On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, 1969]
  7. “We Have All The Time In The World” – Louis Armstrong [from On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, 1969]
  8. “Diamonds Are Forever” – Shirley Bassey [from Diamonds Are Forever, 1971]
  9. “Live And Let Die” – Paul McCartney & Wings [from Live And Let Die, 1973]
  10. “The Man With The Golden Gun” – Lulu [from The Man With The Golden Gun, 1974]
  11. “Nobody Does It Better” – Carly Simon [from The Spy Who Loved Me, 1977]
  12. “Moonraker” – Shirley Bassey [from Moonraker, 1979]
  13. “For Your Eyes Only” – Sheena Easton [from For Your Eyes Only, 1981]
  14. “All Time High” – Rita Coolidge [from Octopussy, 1983]
  15. “A View To A Kill” – Duran Duran [from A View To A Kill, 1985]
  16. “The Living Daylights” – A-Ha [from The Living Daylights, 1987]
  17. “Licence To Kill” – Gladys Knight [from Licence To Kill, 1989]
  18. “GoldenEye (Single Edit)” – Tina Turner [from GoldenEye, 1995]
  19. “Tomorrow Never Dies” – Sheryl Crow [from Tomorrow Never Dies, 1997]
  20. “The World Is Not Enough” – Garbage [from The World Is Not Enough, 1999]
  21. “Die Another Day” – Madonna [from Die Another Day, 2002]
  22. “You Know My Name” – Chris Cornell [from Casino Royale, 2006]
  23. “Another Way To Die” – Jack White & Alicia Keys [from Quantum Of Solace, 2008]

There will also be a deluxe version, Best of Bond…James Bond (50 Years – 50 Tracks) (2-CD Set), that will feature the following:

  1. “Dr. No’s Fantasy” – The Monty Norman Orchestra [from Dr. No, 1962]
  2. “Under The Mango Tree” – Diana Coupland [from Dr. No, 1962]
  3. “007” – The John Barry Orchestra [from From Russia With Love, 1963]
  4. Opening Titles (Medley): “James Bond Is Back/From Russia With Love/James Bond Theme” – The John Barry Orchestra [from From Russia With Love, 1963]
  5. “Into Miami” – The John Barry Orchestra [from Goldfinger, 1964]
  6. “The Laser Beam” – The John Barry Orchestra [from Goldfinger, 1964]
  7. “Mr. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang” – Shirley Bassey [submitted for Thunderball but not included in film, 1965]
  8. “Switching The Body” – The John Barry Orchestra [from Thunderball, 1965]
  9. “Capsule in Space” – The John Barry Orchestra [from You Only Live Twice, 1967]
  10. “Do You Know How Christmas Trees Are Grown” – Nina [from On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, 1969]
  11. “Bond Smells a Rat” – The John Barry Orchestra [from Diamonds Are Forever, 1971]
  12. “Fillet Of Soul-New Orleans/Live And Let Die/Fillet Of Soul-Harlem (Medley)” – The George Martin Orchestra featuring B.J. Arnau [from Live And Let Die, 1973]
  13. “Underground Lair” – The John Barry Orchestra [from Live And Let Die, 1973]
  14. “Hip’s Trip” – The John Barry Orchestra [from The Man With The Golden Gun, 1974]
  15. “The Pyramids” – Marvin Hamlisch [from The Spy Who Loved Me, 1977]
  16. “Cable Car And Snake Fight” – The John Barry Orchestra [from Moonraker, 1979]
  17. “Make It Last All Night” – Bill Conti featuring Rage [from For Your Eyes Only, 1981]
  18. “The Chase Bomb Theme” – The John Barry Orchestra [from Octopussy, 1983]
  19. “Snow Job” – The John Barry Orchestra [from A View To A Kill, 1985]
  20. “Where Has Everybody Gone” – The Pretenders [from The Living Daylights, 1987]
  21. “If There Was a Man” – The Pretenders [closing credits song from The Living Daylights, 1987]
  22. “The Experience Of Love” – Eric Serra [from GoldenEye, 1995]
  23. “James Bond Theme” – Moby (Moby’s Re-Version) [inspired by the UA motion picture Tomorrow Never Dies, 1997]
  24. “Surrender” – k.d. lang [closing credits song from Tomorrow Never Dies, 1997]
  25. “Only Myself To Blame” – Scott Walker [from The World Is Not Enough, 1999]
  26. “Vesper” – David Arnold [from Casino Royale, 2006]
  27. “Time To Get Out” – David Arnold [from Quantum Of Solace, 2008]
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