Three days before the latest James Bond theme song – sung by Adele – was due to be revealed to the world, it has been leaked onto the Internet.
The BBC’s Radio 1 programme Newsbeat reports that Adele had confirmed yesterday that she had recorded the song – for Skyfall, which is due to be released on October 26 – and that she had posted a picture of the song credits on her Twitter page.
While Bond fans will have to wait three and a half weeks for the film, the theme song’s official release will be this Friday, marking the 50th anniversary of the first Bond movie, Dr. No.
There had been rumours for several months that the English singer-songwriter would perform the song – which she recorded at London’s famous Abbey Road studios with a 77-piece orchestra – but it was only this week that she confirmed the fact.
“Her photo on Twitter appears to show the cover page of the sheet music for the Skyfall theme,” writes Newsbeat’s Greg Cochrane on the BBC’s Newsbeat website.
“It lists the composers as A. Adkins, the singer’s full [sic] name [Adele Laurie Blue Adkins], and P. [Paul] Epworth – the producer and co-writer of her hit single ‘Rolling in the Deep’.”
Of her decision to record the song, Adele says in a statement: “I was a little hesitant at first to be involved with the theme song for Skyfall. 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 [Epworth] had some great ideas for the track and it ended up being a bit of a no-brainer to do it in the end.
“It was also a lot of fun writing to a brief, something I’ve never done, which made it exciting. 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.”
The rumours of Adele’s involvement with the theme song began last November, when she appeared on The Jonathan Ross Show on ITV1.
Meanwhile, the young British actor soon to be seen playing Q in the new movie – Ben Wishaw – is said to be in talks to join the latest movie project by Steven Spielberg, Robopocalypse.
Digital Journal’s Mathew Wace Peck reported that 31-year-old Wishaw (The Trench, Perfume, Brideshead Revisited, Criminal Justice) was top of DreamWorks’ list for the role of Lurker.
And Bond himself – currently in the form of actor Daniel Craig – will be seen in that guise for at least two more movies, Digital Journalreported last month.
If he keeps his promise, he will have played Agent 007 for five movies, the first three of which are Casino Royale (2006), Quantum of Solace (2008) and Skyfall (2012).