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Adele Sings James Bond Theme For Skyfall
Adele has recorded the theme to the upcoming James Bond movie Skyfall and has also co-written the track, it has been confirmed.
The 24-year-old was initially unsure whether she wanted to take the project, according to the official James Bond website.
"There's a lot of instant spotlight and pressure when it comes to a Bond song," it quoted her as saying.
"But I fell in love with the script. It was also a lot of fun writing to a brief, something I've never done, which made it exciting."
The song was written by Adele and Paul Hepworth, who co-wrote her hit Rolling In The Deep. It was recorded at London's Abbey Road Studios.
Adele, whose albums include 19 and 21, posted a picture on her Twitter feed of what appears to be the sheet music cover page for the song.
She added: "When we recorded the strings, it was one of the proudest moments of my life.
"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!"
Rumours had been swirling for months that the Grammy-winning British singer had recorded the theme, but there had been no official announcement from the producers until now.
Ajay Chowdhury, from the James Bond International Fan Club, said: "There are three types of Bond song - one is bold, brassy and sexy like Goldfinger, another is reflective and mournful like You Only Live Twice, and the third is anthemic and adventurous like Live And Let Die.
"Adele's song is very definitely reflective and mournful. Co-written by her and Paul Epworth, with an arrangement by Epworth and JAC Redford, this 50th anniversary theme is Bondian but very Adele too.
"It's a beautiful ballad that promises to become a Bondian classic. I can imagine it in the film, underlaid by Daniel Kleinman's titles - Bond fans are in for an aural treat."
The song will be available on Adele's official site on Friday, coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the release of Dr No, the first Bond movie.
The track is already available for pre-order on iTunes.
The film, Daniel Craig's third big-screen Bond adventure, opens in Britain on October 26 and in the US on November 9.
The cast includes Javier Bardem, Albert Finney, Ralph Fiennes and Naomie Harris.
The theme to the last Bond film, Quantum Of Solace, was performed by Jack White and Alicia Keys.