Friday, October 12, 2012

"Let the Skyfall"

Let the sky fall
When it crumbles
We will stand tall
Face it all together
At sky fall

- Adele, "Skyfall" (Columbia/Sony, 2012)

October 5 marked the 50th anniversary of Dr. No and with it came the release of Skyfall's theme song performed by English singer and Grammy-winner Adele. According to Adele's producer and co-writer Paul Epworth, a little bit of the film can be found within the lyrics of the title tune: 

We went very much with the narrative of the film. We talk a lot about Bond's relationship to the country...and to MI6. There's a little bit of that in the lyrics, and I guess we were trying to find a way to almost make that romantic, you know? I think you will need to see the film and see where the song happens in the context of the film...and it will all make sense.

As any casual listener can tell, the song has at its core Monty Norman's signature "James Bond Theme". This was a conscious decision, with Norman being "honoured" for the "large nod" to his theme. According to the original guitarist of the famous surf rock style guitar lick, Vic Flick, Norman's version was "a very slow tune." After the Bond producers heard John Barry's (featuring Flick on guitar) theme for the film Beat Girl, both Barry and Flick were hired to rearrange Norman's piece. The end product was what you hear at the beginning of Dr. No. Flick was apparently paid $15 for his contribution.

My last post described the importance of Skyfall's November release and this musical throwback to the 1960s incorporation of the Bond theme is a step in the right direction. As Skyfall's release date closes in, I will be posting performances of some of my favorite Bond theme songs. Let's begin with Vic Flick and the original:


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