Saturday, June 15, 2024

James Bond 25 aka “No Time to Die” Wraps, And the Speculation Begins: Will Adele Sing the Title Song?


“No Time to Die,” aka James Bond 25, has wrapped production in the UK. The finished film, starring Daniel Craig and directed by Cary Fukunaga, will debut in April 2020. This is probably Craig’s last adventure as James Bond, and the pressure is on to deliver a movie as big and important as Bond 23, “Skyfall.”

This is particularly true after Disney and Marvel delivered the historic “Avengers: Endgame,” and the Lucas Film folks are bringing “The Rise of Skywalker.”

So what would tie “No Time to Die” to “Skyfall” in the best way? Why, “Adele” singing its theme song. Her title song for “Skyfall,” was pure James Bond genius, the best Bond theme song in ages. She performed it at the Academy Awards, and won Best Song in a movie.

At the time, “Skyfall” the song was a few months behind the release of Adele’s blockbuster album, “25.” It wasn’t on the album, but followed as a single and will turn up one day on her greatest hits. “No Time to Die,” with the timing, could be on Adele’s new album, or follow again as a single. The new Adele album or a new single could be coming before the end of the year.

At first I was told by sources, no way, Adele didn’t want to repeat herself. But lately I’m hearing that she may indeed be the choice by Bond producers. She’s certainly won the poll I’ve been running on this site.

The last Bond song, “Writing’s on the Wall,” by Sam Smith, from “Spectre,” won the Oscar, too. But I don’t think there’s a groundswell for Smith to return. A number of current artists like Beyonce and Ariana Grande have never done a Bond song. Neither have big rock stars like Sting or Keith Richards. But Adele’s return would be a signal to fans of hers and the movie franchise that all is good, and “No Time to Die” is a big deal.

So we wait and see. My money’s on Adele doing doing it.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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