Speculation as to whether or not Adele would be providing the 23rd James Bond installment with its signature theme song began in 2011 after she mentioned a "special project" in an interview with BBC One chat show host Jonathan Ross. Co-written with producer Paul Epworth and swaddled in appropriately lush orchestration by composer J.A.C. Redford (Thomas Newman was responsible for the film's score), "Skyfall" didn't disappoint, skillfully marrying the brooding cinematic bombast of previous Bond outings to the soulful English singer/songwriter's stylish retro-croon, resulting in one of the most satisfying slabs of 007 goodness since Shirley Bassey's "Goldfinger."
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AllMusic Review by James Christopher Monger