Adele + Bond = Oscar?
"Skyfall," the song that Adele co-wrote and recorded for the new James Bond movie of the same name, has a good chance of becoming the first Bond theme song to win an Oscar. The song will be released on Oct. 5 (cleverly, at 0:07 a.m., London time.) The movie will be released in the U.S. on Nov. 9 (after premiering in London on Oct. 23.) The Oscars are set for Feb. 24.
"Skyfall" is also vying to become the second Bond theme song to reach #1 on the Hot 100. It would following Duran Duran's "A View To A Kill," which hit #1 in July 1985, nearly three years before Adele was born. I'll get to that in a minute.
Three previous Bond themes have received Oscar nominations for Best Song: "Live And Let Die," which Paul and Linda McCartney wrote for the 1973 movie of the same name; "Nobody Does It Better," which Marvin Hamlisch and Carole Bayer Sager wrote for the 1977 movie The Spy Who Loved Me; and "For Your Eyes Only," which Bill Conti and Michael ("Mick") Leeson wrote for the 1981 movie of the same name.
(There's one more if you count the 1967 spoof Casino Royale as a Bond film. The movie wasn't overseen by Eon Productions, and thus isn't usually considered an official Bond film. "The Look Of Love," which Burt Bacharach and Hal David wrote for that film, was a Best Song nominee.)
The song that is most conspicuous by its absence here is "Goldfinger," from the 1964 movie of the same name. Shirley Bassey recorded the dramatic and scorchingly sexy song, which long-time Bond composer John Barry co-wrote with Broadway masters Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley. The song should definitely have been nominated, though it would have been hard-pressed to beat that year's winner, "Chim Chim Cher-ee" from Mary Poppins.
"Live And Let Die" had the misfortune of being nominated in the same year as "The Way We Were." The latter song was Barbra Streisand's first #1 hit and an instant standard. It deserved its win.