It was one of music’s worst-kept secrets. Adele has confirmed what everybody had already guessed: that she performs the theme to the new Bond film, Skyfall.
She co-wrote the theme with Paul Epworth. "I was a little hesitant at first to be involved," Adele said. "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."
She had appeared to let her involvement slip out in an interview with Jonathan Ross last year, although she coyly refused to confirm the recording despite intense speculation. 2012 has been a year of relative career inactivity for Adele as she recovered from an operation and announced she was pregnant.
Recording the Bond theme did turn out to be a career highlight for the 24 year-old singer. "When we recorded the strings it was one of the proudest moments of my life," 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!"
The song is released, initially on Adele’s website then for download, on October 5 at the appropriate time of 0.07am. That date is the fiftieth anniversary of the release of the first Bond film, Dr No.