Whether it was a genuine leak or a marketing teaser, James Bond fans yesterday had their first taste of the latest 007 theme tune as sung by British golden girl Adele.
A 90-second clip of the theme to Skyfall, the Bond film due for release in three weeks, emerged yesterday, just a day after the singer ended months of speculation by confirming her involvement.
The song is due for official release at 0.07am on Friday morning, marking the 50th anniversary of the release of Dr No, the first film in the Bond series.
Adele recorded the song at Abbey Road Studios with the backing of a 77-piece orchestra. Despite her trademark vocals, Skyfall is also unmistakable as a Bond theme. The chorus includes the lyric: "Let the sky fall/ When it crumbles/ We will stand tall/ And face it all together."
Official confirmation of the London singer's involvement came on Monday, when she tweeted a picture of the sheet music via her official account. She said: "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."
Adele admitted she was initially hesitant after she was approached to sing the title song for Skyfall. "There's a lot of instant spotlight and pressure when it comes to a Bond song."
Yet after reading the script and "some great ideas" from Paul Epworth, producer and co-writer on her hit "Rolling in the Deep", she said it was "a bit of a no-brainer in the end".
The singer had hinted she was working on the Bond theme last year. After confirming it this week she said: "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."
Adele follows in the footsteps of singers like Dame Shirley Bassey, who sung the title songs for Goldfinger and Diamonds are Forever, and Madonna, who performed the theme for Die Another Day in 2002.