Adele’s vocals are dangerous and sexy, as the orchestra peaks and swells behind her. The song certainly has a classic, hazy Bond vibe to it, as the diva proclaims, “This is the end/ Hold your breath and count to 10/ Feel the earth move and then/ Feel my heart burst again.” The experience will leave the listener more stirred than shaken as every Adele’s voice glides over deep cellos and a haunting choir.
Much like the famed spy, Adele’s Bond Girl is a pretty mysterious creature. She sings, “Skyfall is where we start/ A thousand miles and both apart/ When worlds collide and things are dark/ You may have my number/ You can take my name/ But you’ll never have my heart.”
As the song reaches its end, Adele’s voice climbs and soars over the wall of sound. And then, the music drops out in a big jazzy fashion with the singer holding one last note.
It was originally slated to drop at 0:07 London time (which in U.S. time is at 7:07 p.m. ET) on October 5. However, a French radio station let it out of the bag a little early. Earlier this week, fans were treated to a snippet of the song , which was recorded at the famed Abbey Road studio in London. On it, the singer gets an assist from producer Paul Epworth and a 77-piece orchestra.
“I was a little hesitant at first to be involved with the theme song … 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,” Adele said in a statement on Monday. “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.”
In an interview with the BBC, Epworth chatted about the track, noting that “Adele’s performance is really jaw-dropping.”
“The initial chords happened quite quickly, but we spent a few months shaping it, tweaking it,” he continued. “A song like this has to have a gravity and dynamic rather than [be] an instant pop song. Hopefully it’s got lasting value.”
For fans wanting to celebrate all things Bond ahead of the November 9 opening of the Daniel Craig-starring “Skyfall,” October 5 marks the 50th anniversary of the release of the first Bond film, “Dr. No.” It will be known as “Global James Bond Day.”
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