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Talented songstress Adele has fans on the edge of their seats in anticipation of her soulful interpretation of the latest James Bond 007 anthem Skyfall. The single was set to be officially released on Adele’s official site on Friday, Oct. 5 in honor of the 50th anniversary of the release of the first Bond film, 1962’s Dr. No. But it appears that the wait may already be over.
MTV.com reported that, three days prior to its scheduled release, a 90-second snippet of Skyfall was leaked to fans via YouTube and on free streaming website SoundCloud on Tuesday, Oct. 2. The song’s co-writer Paul Epworth took to his Twitter Tuesday to encourage fans to wait for the full version.
“I hear a short excerpt of Skyfall leaked.. I can't wait for everyone to hear the whole thing because Adele's performance is jaw dropping," he tweeted.
The critics most definitely concur. MTV.com dubs Adele’s sultry “Skyfall” track “a welcome return to the classic Bond themes belted out by Shirley Bassey.” The Telegraph reported similar fan reactions to the leaked track. Adele’s signature smoky vocals are accompanied by the sounds of a 77-piece orchestra, creating a suspenseful tone perfectly suited to the 007 world.
Adele told official bond site 007.com :
“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 song was recorded at London’s iconic Abbey Road Studios and will reportedly be featured in the upcoming film’s credits sequence.
But this reportedly amazing rendition of “Skyfall” almost didn’t happen. Adele told the Bond site:
"I was a little hesitant at first to be involved with the theme song for Skyfall. 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.”
Adele follows in the footsteps of previous iconic “Bond” girls and guys including Lulu, Tom Jones, Madonna, Garbage, and A-Ha.