Listen to Adele’s Fantastic James Bond Theme “Skyfall” [Updated with New Videoblog]

     October 4, 2012


James Bond theme songs have taken a rather sharp downward turn in quality in recent years, but Adele has thankfully come to the rescue.  The multiple Grammy Award-winner seemed a fine fit to tackle the theme for Sam Mendes’ Britain-heavy Skyfall, and now the full song has landed online to prove that Adele was an inspired choice.  The song harkens back to the classic themes of old and brilliantly mixes in elements of Monty Norman’s “James Bond Theme” without it coming off as crass or jarring.  Adele co-wrote the song with her Rolling in the Deep producer/collaborator Paul Epworth, and the result is a Bond theme for the books.

Hit the jump to listen to the song in full.  It will be available to purchase tonight at 7:07pm EST. [Update: A new Skyfall videoblog focusing on the film's locations has been released and is now included after the jump.]

In addition, the first clip from Skyfall has gone online, so click here to watch it.

Here’s the official version of the full song:

Here’s the synopsis for Skyfall:

In SKYFALL, Bond’s loyalty to M (JUDI DENCH) is tested as her past returns to haunt her. 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost. When Bond’s latest assignment goes gravely wrong and agents around the world are exposed, MI6 is attacked forcing M to relocate the agency. These events cause her authority and position to be challenged by Gareth Mallory (RALPH FIENNES), the new Chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee. With MI6 now compromised from both inside and out, M is left with one ally she can trust: Bond. 007 takes to the shadows – aided only by field agent, Eve (NAOMIE HARRIS) – following a trail to the mysterious Silva (JAVIER BARDEM), whose lethal and hidden motives have yet to reveal themselves.




  • Mavro

    Great throwback to the Shirley Bassey themes of old. Exactly what I expected.

  • austin

    YEAH BABY!!!

  • Roland Deschain

    Even better than I thought it would be.

  • Just saying

    Wow, that’s a terrible Bond theme. There hasn’t been a cool bond theme since Madonna in Die Another Day. Other than that all the theme songs of Brosnan and Craig films have sucked. Golden Eyes theme song came close to being good but it was to contrived. Roger Moore’s films had all the awesome songs starting with Live and Let Die.

    • Swan

      You thought Jack’s White’s theme song sucked? U crazy, just saying.

      • Just saying :)

        That song sounded like the rough draft to a good bond theme. It sounded uncoordinated, rushed and forgettable. Even the film makers admit that it wasn’t a hit.

    • Diego

      Really?? Madonna’s?? I don’t know if u are serious or i’m stupid for not reading a sarcasm but… really this is a GREAT Bond theme!

      • Just saying :)

        Umm, the Madonna theme spent 11 weeks at #1 on the billboard charts. That makes it one of the hits despite what your views concerning her. It was also a very catchy theme song like the Roger Moore hits. I miss those days. It was one awesome theme song after another. This Adele one sucks and I doubt it’s going to spend 11 weeks at #1. If you had a clue about common sense then you would know that.

      • Diego

        Well, Justin Bieber may get to #1 spot and that doesn’t mean he’s a great singer, does he?

    • Grayden

      Let me guess, you listen to KISS FM, am I right?

      As far as themes go, this was pretty epic.

    • peggygravel

      Die Another Day? Pfftttt Sigmund Freud analyze this! Widely considered to be the worst of all the James Bond Themes.. There is no accounting for taste where Top 40 radio is concrened and obviously yours is questionable.

    • Alan

      “There hasn’t been a cool bond theme since Madonna in Die Another Day.” Stopped reading after this chestnut. Was the Madonna song meant to be serious? Exciting? Funny? That song is like Pierce Brosnan himself: a jack of all trades, a master of none.

    • anonymous

      Horrible. Amateur poetry set to pulse deadening music. A James Bond theme for high school proms everywhere.

  • Mars

    That was surprisingly disappointing.

  • moi

    “sharp downward turn in quality in recent years” – are you serious? You Know My Name and Another Way To Die are best Bond songs ever

    • Phil

      Another way to die was horrid, probably as a song itself was ok, but as a Bond theme?. You know my name was ok.

      Still waiting for a song that gave me the same Whoa!! feeling when I heard the theme for “On Her Majesty’s secret service”

      • Drake

        Agreed. Another Way to Die was a very good song. But You Know My Name, when it came to being a Bond Song, was not good at all. This is an improvement for sure.

      • Drake

        My mistake, I mean it the other way around. Another Way to Die sucked, and You Know My Name was the good one….my bad.

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  • RIC

    The refrain really takes me out of it. The structure of it is nice but the lyrics are cheesy. Maybe I won’t mind it as much when I finally find out what the hell skyfall is/means.

  • Kevin

    Well this has become a favorite of mine already.
    I truly hated “Another Way to Die” and for me this is a great way to get back on form.
    Very good song!


    I like the tune, I quite like the main chorus, but the lyrics throughout are nonsensical and just seem like words that rhyme or words that don’t rhyme but are forced to. Still, it has that Bond flavour which is important and it works.

    I agree partly with “just saying though” it could do with a bigger zappier peak towards the end like the Roger Moor Bonds. (I did like the casino Royale tune though) And Live & Let Die had plenty of zap!

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  • lulzatron

    I’m still hurt that they couldn’t switch the theme to Supremecy by Muse. It really sounds like it was made for a Bond movie.

  • gcm443

    Wtf happens to her voice when she says “stand tall”. Its really annoying but the song’s pretty good

  • hm

    hmmm its pretty good i suppose, but I also think that that Muse song would be more fitting. Ah well, as long as the movie is good then that’s the main thing.

  • hm

    shame we couldn’t be presented with 5 songs or so on a website to chose as the theme song.

  • CJ

    Another way to die was awesome. And should have been the name of the goddamn movie anyway.

    • hm

      Perhaps the movie wasn’t worthy of the title?

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  • Liam Gallagher

    Love Adele but this tune is a snoozer. The refrain needs a better melody.

  • calvincrack

    best recent Bond song: Tomorrow Never Dies.

    Can’t think of another I like better. Die Another Day was the worst. nearly as bad as the film.

    Best bond soundtracks overall = The Spy Who Loved Me (by Hamlish) , and Goldneye (by Eric Serra)

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  • tarek

    No. The best Bond Theme is Goldfinger. Period.