If you own every Bond movie not on just DVD but Blu-Ray, have a makeshift shrine to Adele in your bedroom, or just have an internet connection, then you’ve probably already heard the new James Bond theme, “Skyfall,” breathed to life by the 24-year-old British singer.
After officially premiering (not considering the leak version) in the UK at 00:07am on Adele’s website, Adele and/or Bond fans alike began downloading it immediately, pushing it number one on iTunes in a matter of hours. This has the track poised to be Adele’s fourth UK number one single in the UK and the first number one for a Bond ever. Not such a shabby way to celebrate the 50 year anniversary of the Bond franchise itself.
The smoky song is everything you’d expect from a Bond theme, which features a sweeping orchestra and Adele’s powerhouse pipes. Very proper and very British, you can almost see “Bond, James Bond” tightly holding the dying love interest of the month close his own body, his face in her tangled hair, while Adele weaves notes around the chorus.
There’s even a call-and-response choir along the 77-piece orchestra because, yeah, it’s that dramatic. Along with rising up the charts, the barely-a-day old track is also rising in the ranks of public opinion when it comes to best Bond themes ever—“You Only Live Twice,” “Diamonds Are Forever,” “Live and Let Die,” “Nobody Does It Better,” “Skyfall.”
Local radio station KIIS FM-102.7 is spinning the song once every hour until 9 p.m. So if you feel like spending $5 a gallon on gas today, you can spend the rest of your Friday blasting it in your car while cruising Mulholland Drive and pretending your in a Bond chase sequence.