As we all know, Adele enjoyed major success with her last release, 2012's "Skyfall", the theme from the film of the same name. The song peaked at number-eight on the Billboard Hot 100, has been certified platinum in the US, and won her both a Golden Globe and an Oscar. So, it's only natural for people to question whether or not Adele was the top choice to sing the theme for the twenty-fourth Bond film, Spectre, scheduled for release this fall. Of course, details regarding the project are scarce, as the identity of Bond theme singers has always been regarded as one of the most secretive and mysterious aspects of the films. So, what's the deal with the Spectre theme? Is Adele singing it or not?
Well, for starters, we know who James Bond's top choice is. Daniel Craig, who stars as Bond in the franchise, was thrilled with "Skyfall" and even confessed to crying upon hearing it due to it fitting the film so well. He further expressed his support when he cheered her on at the Golden Globes and high-fived her when she received the award for Best Original Song, and through the countless gifts he sent her for her work on the film. If that's not enough indication, Craig also allegedly fought MGM's attempts to sign Sam Smith on to record the theme. It was reported that despite MGM growing impatient waiting for Adele to decide whether or not to record the theme, Craig insisted that they wait for her. This wasn't his first hint to the studio to hire Adele back. Back when the film was in pre-production, he urged them to ask Sam Mendes to reprise his role as director and Adele to reprise her role as the theme singer. After Mendes signed on to direct Spectre, fans speculated that the studio may have gotten Adele to come back as well.
A few months ago, when Adele was in LA recording, it was allegedly for her new album. However, recent reports have also suggested that she was actually in LA recording the new Bond theme. This would seem logical if it weren't for the fact that her album was already delayed, and while her labels are letting her take her time, they are hoping to have it out by the fall, according to recent reports.
Of course, they do have other options, though. As previously stated, Sam Smith is allegedly MGM's top choice right now. Other online publications have suggested Lady Gaga, Beyoncé and Jay-Z, Coldplay, and Rihanna, among others, however, it seems pretty clear who the top choices are. Some Bond fans have petitioned for Shirley Bassey to return, being that she has not only recorded three Bond themes in the past (more than any other Bond singer), but is also still able to perform the songs years later. It is for this reason that Adele was still considered, though. The producers supposedly believe Adele could potentially become the next Shirley Bassey, in that respect.
Director Sam Mendes already confirmed that a singer has already been selected, as of December 2014. Ben Whishaw, who stars as Q in the films, previously stated that he wasn't allowed to reveal who it was, but that a singer had indeed already been chosen. Therefore, making the choice isn't a problem for the studio. Media outlets are, however, dying to find out who the new singer is.
So, who is singing the Spectre theme? Only time will tell, but unfortunately for Daydreamers, it doesn't sound like Adele is behind it. Not only is she currently pushing to finish her album in time for a fall release, but Roger Friedman, who previously confirmed Adele's involvement with "Skyfall", revealed exclusively that she is not the voice behind the theme for this exact reason. I reached out to Friedman via my personal Twitter account to question the credibility of this report, however, he declined to comment, simply telling me , "I've confirmed it. She's not doing it. That's it."
If Adele is not doing it, we can only hope that whoever does do it can live up to the high expectations that she has set for future Bond themes.