UPDATED: Listen to ALL of Adele's Bond Theme SKYFALL
UPDATED: You can now listen to the complete version of Adele's "Skyfall" track below!
I gotta be honest, when it comes to all things Bond-related I find it pretty hard to be truly critical. I love everything about the Bond universe, from Moonraker's gondola-hovercraft to George Lazenby's kilt to Denise Richards' nuclear physicist and Die Another Day's invisible car. I'm simply incapable of stepping back and judging any individual elements of the series as anything other than parts of the tower of cinematic awesome that is the James Bond franchise.
This blinkered appreciation even extends as far as the series' theme songs. While nobody is going to argue with Carly Simon's "Nobody Does It Better" or Wings' "Live And Let Die" being championed as classics, I will happily sit through - hell, even sing along to - less appreciated entries like Rita Coolidge's "All Time High" or even Jack White and Alicia Keyes' much-maligned duet (to-date the only one of the series) "Another Way To Die".
While I'm sure I wasn't the only person hoping that Amy Winehouse was still around and in a fit state to get back into the recording studio and lay down the theme song for Sam Mendes' forthcoming Skyfall, I'm more than happy with Adele being handed the duties for the 23rd official Bond movie. Her title track, also entitled "Skyfall", is scheduled for release this coming Friday, 5 October, but if you can't wait that long to give it a listen, a 90-second snippet of the song has popped up online. And, goddamn, if it doesn't sound like a cracking addition to the canon. Certainly more power ballad that out-and-out rock track, this little taster only makes me even more giddy and excited for the release of Skyfall in just a few weeks time.
Have a listen below and let us know what you think.
Note: The leaked clip has been removed. Still, Friday's not too long to wait.