Adele is expected to perform the theme song to the 22nd official “James Bond” film Skyfall, according to Total Film. Sony has yet to confirm it, but if true (and it likely is), she joins an impressive list of recording artists who have recorded Bond theme songs. Those artists, and the Bond themes they recorded are:
Thunderball – Tom Jones – “Thunderball”
You Only Live Twice – Nancy Sinatra – “You Only Live Twice”
Diamonds are Forever – Shirley Bassey – “Diamonds are Forever”
Live and Let Die – Paul McCartney – “Live and Let Die”
The Man with the Golden Gun – Lulu – “The Man with the Golden Gun”
The Spy Who Loved Me – Carly Simon – “Nobody Does it Better”
Moonraker – Shirley Bassey – “Moonraker”
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For Your Eyes Only – Sheena Easton – “For Your Eyes Only”
Octopussy – Rita Coolidge – “All Time High”
A View to a Kill – Duran Duran – “A View to a Kill”
The Living Daylights – a-ha – “The Living Daylights
Licence to Kill – Gladys Knight – “Licence to Kill”
Goldeneye – Tina Turner – “Goldeneye”
Tomorrow Never Dies – Sheryl Crow – “Tomorrow Never Dies”
The World is Not Enough – Garbage – “The World is not Enough”
Die Another Day – Madonna – “Die Another Day”
Casino Royale – Chris Cornell – “You Know My Name”
Quantum of Solace – Jack White – “Another Way to Die”
Aside from Shirley Bassey who recorded three of the Bond themes, no one has done it more than once.
While many of the theme songs went on to become hit singles, it wasn’t until Duran Duran’s “View to a Kill” in 1985 that a Bond theme went to the top of the U.S. singles charts. Many think that Live and Let Die was first to do that, but it peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100. Madonna’s Die Another Day peaked in the U.S. at #8, and was the last Bond theme to get into the top ten.
Will Adele join her in that rarified company? Only time and the release of Skyfall will tell.
Meanwhile, here’s a fun video that will teach you how to play 007’s famed guitar theme tune: