Paul Epworth, Adele’s producer and collaborator, revealed that the singer recorded most of the vocals for the James Bond theme “Skyfall” in just 10 minutes.
“[The producers] said they wanted a dramatic ballad basically. With having read the script and trying to set the whole thing up in that context, where it happens in the film, there was really only one thing it could be,” Epworth told Hollywood.com.
“It was interesting to want to do something that was simultaneously dark and final, like a funeral, and to try and turn it into something that was not final. A sense of death and rebirth,” he continued.
The Bond theme has already snagged a Golden Globe nod and made the Oscar “shortlist” for Original Song contenders, reports Entertainment Weekly.
“I thought, ‘This could be the song.’ And I rang her up and said, ‘It might be too dark.’ And she said she loved it. Within 10 minutes, she put down most of the vocals. She had the lyrics ready in her head when she drove over. It was the most absurd thing. She’s fast, but it was really quite phenomenal,” Epworth explained.
The possibility of “Skyfall” being the first Bond song to win a Golden Globe and an Oscar would surely make the process even more phenomenal and Epworth says, “To get the call and feel like we came up with the goods — I’d never dream[ed] of awards.”