British singer/songwriter and winner of every award ever, Adele, has at last officially confirmed what we suspected all along: She will, in fact, sing the theme song for the latest James Bond feature-film installment, Skyfall.
Adele put the rumors to rest on Monday (October 1) by tweeting a picture of the cover of the song's booth copy. According to a press release that followed shortly after, "Skyfall" will premiere Thursday, October 4 at 7:07 p.m. EST — that's 0:07 BST/London time, get it? — on Adele's official site, and is already available for pre-order on iTunes.
“I was a little hesitant at first to be involved with the theme song for Skyfall," Adele is quoted as saying. "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 it ended up being a bit of a no brainer to do it in the end."
Featuring a 77-piece orchestra (how's that for consistent numerology?) and recorded at London's Abbey Road studios, the track was co-written by Adele and 21's Grammy-winning producer, Paul Epworth. Epworth and composer J.A.C. Redford (The Amazing Spider-Man, The Iron Lady) provided the arrangements.
"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!”
Adele's 21 collaborator Ryan Tedder, allegedly claimed in a tweet that was later deleted: "ive heard it. Best bond song in my lifetime. Hands down- hats off once again to Paul Epworth and Adele. hope they win Oscar!"
Skyfall hits U.S. theaters November 9.
Update! Quelle surprise! An extended snippet just leaked online! Hear Adele's "Skyfall" theme song here. It's gloriously dark, mysterious, lush, and Bondy!