My 'The Best of Bond' CD died for Queen and country. Sung along to with abandon, played to destruction, it died nobly. But few recent Bond songs have come close to the high points (and notes) of Shirley Bassey's bests ("Diamonds are Forever"! "Moonraker"!) or Lulu's subtle way with a lyric ("He has a powerful WEAPON, he charges a million a SHOT").
I have a soft spot for Sheryl Crow's "Tomorrow Never Dies" but Alicia Keys and Jack White? Meh.
Hoorah, then, for the leak yesterday of Adele's "Skyfall", a song big enough to be up there with Bassey. But the only way to know if it's a real corker is whether you want to sing along.
It's too early to say if it's a keeper, so in the meantime: "He has a powerful weapon..."