Oct. 05 - The British artist sings the official theme song for the new Bond film, ''Skyfall.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration)
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: James Bond fans are able to hear the latest official theme tune for upcoming movie 'Skyfall'. Grammy-winning British singer Adele's theme for the new film was released at 0.07 on Friday (October 05) morning. It's Adele's first song to be released since her best-selling heartbreak album "21" - Columbia Records said in a statement on Monday. 24-year-old Adele, who swept the Grammy Awards earlier this year with accolades in six categories, releases the song today (October 05) on her official website, to coincide with the Bond film franchise's 50th anniversary and Global James Bond Day. The sultry singer wrote "Skyfall" with long-time collaborator Paul Epworth. She recorded it at London's Abbey Road Studios with a 77-piece orchestra. Adele said in a statement that she was persuaded to do the song after she "fell in love with the script." The James Bond title songs have become a signature of the films, featuring suave British agent 007 holding a gun in a pose that has become iconic. Singers who have performed the title songs over the past five decades include Shirley Bassey in 1971's "Diamonds Are Forever" and 1979's "Moonraker," Paul McCartney on 1973's "Live and Let Die," and more recently, Madonna on 2002's "Die Another Day." Jack White and Alicia Keys performed "Another Way To Die" from 2008's "Quantum of Solace." "Skyfall," the 23rd film in the Bond franchise and the third film with actor Daniel Craig in the lead role, will see the womanizing rogue super-spy take on another mission to save the world. The film will be released in Britain and most European nations on October 26. It arrives in U.S. movie theaters on November 9.