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Adele’s brush with Bond

Eye on the Oscars: Music

You’re the hottest artist in Great Britain; you’ve just won six Grammys, including record, album and song of the year; and your album is selling by the millions around the world. What can you possibly do for an encore?

If you’re Adele, you co-write and sing the title song for “Skyfall,” the 23rd James Bond film and the one that commemorates the 50th anniversary of the franchise. Released Oct. 5 — 50 years to the date after the opening of “Dr. No,” the first 007 film — the single debuted at No. 8 on the Billboard charts.

Adele has this soulful, haunting, evocative quality, and she’s a great writer,” says Lia Vollack, president of worldwide music for Sony. “Stylistically, it just felt right to bring back that classic Shirley Bassey feel that you associate with those early Bond films.”

Adele co-wrote the song with Paul Epworth, her producer on the Grammy-winning “21” album and co-writer of her hit “Rolling in the Deep.” They read the “Skyfall” script and wrote the song last spring while the film was still in production.

Says Epworth, by phone from London: “The song is so much about death and rebirth. It’s like, when the world ends and everything comes down around your ears, if you’ve got each other’s back, you can conquer anything. From death to triumph, that was definitely something we set out to try and capture.”

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