Feels like it has been years since chart-topping UK singer Adele was first rumored to be the choice to sing the theme for James Bond’s twenty-third (official) cinema outing. In part the long-standing rumor is due to the fact that Adele just seems like the best choice, as her vocal style sounds spot-on for a Bond theme. The series hasn’t had a theme by a UK artist since the mid-’80s (Duran Duran’s ‘A View to a Kill’) and so the choice seems perfect for Bond’s 50th anniversary.

Now Adele has tweeted a look at the printed version of the tune that will serve as the title theme to Sam MendesSkyfall, and the powers that be at EON Productions have confirmed her for the tune, with an announcement that the song will premiere later this week. (Edit: a minute and a half preview of the track is online. It sounds great, and is embedded below.)

And in addition to that, we’ve got a featurette on some of the underwater work done for the film.

The 007 Facebook page says:

Adele will premiere “Skyfall”, the official theme song to the upcoming 007 film of the same name, globally via her official site on Friday October 5th at 0:07 BST/LONDON time (7:07pm EST on October 4th). The track is available for pre-order at iTunes starting today. October 5th marks the 50th anniversary of the release of DR. NO and is being celebrated as Global James Bond Day.

After reading the script for the film, Adele enlisted Paul Epworth to co-write and produce the theme song to “Skyfall.” Adele admits, “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 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!” Recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London, “Skyfall” features the lush accompaniment of a 77-piece orchestra.

Paul Epworth co-wrote and produced Adele’s giant hit ‘Rolling in the Deep,’ so that news should make her fans pretty happy.

And here’s the underwater featurette:

John Logan, Neal Purvis and Robert Wade scripted Skyfall, which marks the third outing of Daniel Craig as 007. Javier Bardem, Judi Dench, Ralph Fiennes, Albert Finney, Naomie Harris, Bérénice Marlohe, Helen McCrory, Ola Rapace and Ben Whishaw all appear. Skyfall hits in the UK and other countries on October 26, and opens in the US on November 9.

Update: Here’s a clip of the song; this might not last long. Thanks to Phil.

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