The whipped cream atop the sundae

Adele, the newest 007 title song performer


The kabuki dance finally came to an end on Oct. 1: Adele said over her official Twitter feed that she co-wrote and performed the Skyfall title song and shortly thereafter the official 007.com Web site issued the formal announcement.

On top of that, an excerpt showed up for a time on the Internet by by late Oct. 1 IT APPEARED TO HAVE BEEN YANKED. (Although it appears to have POPPED UP ELSEWHERE.) No matter, the song, according to the official announcement, will be on ADELE’S OFFICIAL WEBSITE at 12:07 a.m. (0:07 a.m. military time) on Oct. 5, or 7:07 p.m. New York time, Oct. 4.

The question is will this be an important part of Skyfall? Or it is just the whipped cream atop the sundae? That is, a nice topping but not a vital ingredient?

There are a number of classic James Bond title songs. Still, From Russia With Love often ranks near the top for many fans, but it had an instrumental version of the Lionel Bart-written song. The actual song ran briefly during the film (when Sean Connery’s 007 is romancing Sylvia Trench) and then in the end titles. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, ranked No. 1 007 film in one fan vote had a John Barry instrumental for its main titles. The Living Daylights, the 25th anniversary 007 film, is fondly remembered by many fans while its a-ha/John Barry title song doesn’t register among the best in the series.

On the other hand, author Jon Burlingame IN AN INTERVIEW WITH US PUBLISHED LAST WEEK noted that Bond title songs serve multiple purposes.

“From the beginning, it’s always really been a kind of crap shoot to try and create a song that would serve the film but also reach the pop charts to serve the broader promotional needs of the film and be successful on its own,” he said in the interview.

It has been awhile since a Bond title song has registered on the pop music charts, or received an Oscar nomination (1981’s For Your Eyes Only). So, perhaps the Adele song will reach the public. At this point, it remains to be seen whether Adele is the whipped cream on top of the Skyfall sundae or whether the song helps Skyfall reach a broader audience. With an Oct. 26 release date in the U.K. and a Nov. 9 U.S. release date, we’ll know the answer soon.