The Straits Times
Published on Oct 13, 2012

New James Bond movie song by Adele gets mixed reception


It is "classic" to those who like it and "cheesy" to those who do not.

The new James Bond movie theme song, Skyfall, by British singer Adele has divided opinion since it was released last week.

Available online on video-sharing site YouTube, it opens with lush strings playing a sustained note, before melancholic chords from a piano kick in and Adele soulfully sings: "This is the end/Hold your breath and count to 10..."

The song has all the features of a Bond theme: slow, dramatic melody, cinematic strings and breathy vocals. Adele's rendition is fully aware of the over-the-top glamour of the 007 franchise.