Adele's James Bond theme song 'Skyfall' returns to the series' roots and is one of the best in a long time.
When it comes to "James Bond" theme songs, nobody does it better than the Brits. (Apologies to Carly Simon, whose ballad for "The Spy Who Loved Me" is an honorable exception.) Case in point: Adele's "Skyfall," the first "Bond" song by a British artist in more than 25 years, has been widely hailed as one of the best in the series.
"[Sony Pictures] was interested in an artist who not only would be right for the specific film, but who could harken back to the classic 'Bond' themes of the '60s," says Jon Burlingame, author of "The Music of James Bond." "Because Adele is one of the hottest artists in the world – and a Brit – it was almost a no-brainer."
The series' risqué silhouetted title sequences, which are just barely PG-13, have featured memorable hits by British artists such as Tom Jones, Paul McCartney & Wings, Sheena Easton, and Shirley Bassey.