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The cover art of the Adele single "Skyfall", released in time for the James Bond Day celebration
Skyfall — the highly anticipated new Adele theme to the upcoming new James Bond movie — officially dropped Friday in the U.K. at seven minutes after midnight (0:07) to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first 007 film "Dr. No."
Like a modern day jewel heist, the song somehow was stolen and leaked online before the scheduled launch, but that hasn't stopped fans of the young singer (or of the old franchise) from embracing the guaranteed hit theme for the upcoming Sam Mendes-directed Bond flick.
"I was a little hesitant at first to be involved with the theme song for 'Skyfall,'" the 24-year-old singer said in a statement about being part of the 23-movie 007 franchise. "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 to do it in the end."
Critics, however, are tougher to please. The New York Daily News, for example, sniped that the sweepingly lush tune — co-written by Adele and Paul Hepworth (who teamed up with her on "Rolling in the Deep") — "does a far better job at conforming to the form's cliches than it does pushing it to any thrilling new heights."
We kind of like it.
But what are your feelings? Which Bond theme do you think is the best in the franchise's long history? Vote in this poll of all 23 007 songs.