Reports have it that producers of the 007 film franchise are so pleased with singer Adele’s work on the latest Bond film that they’ve already decided to have her back for the next one. Adele, of course, sang the theme song for Skyfall and wound up winning one of the two Academy Awards that the film took home this year (she won for Best Original Song and the film tied with Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty for Best Sound Editing). The singer’s Oscar is the first one that a Bond film has ever won in the Best Song category, and Adele (along with her co-writer, Paul Epworth) also took prizes at the Golden Globes and the BRIT Awards.
With that kind of success, it’s no wonder that the franchise producers are looking to book Adele again. Speaking to UK paper The Sun, a Bond insider said that the 007 team is “thrilled by how well the song has been received and hope Adele’s presence on the next film will replicate that success,” adding that the producers “want her to become as synonymous with Bond as Dame Shirley [Bassey].”
The 76-year-old Welsh singer Bassey was the voice behind three classic Bond tunes: the theme from 1972′s Diamonds Are Forever, 1979′s Moonraker, and 1964′s Goldfinger—which she sang at this year’s Oscars ceremony (blowing almost every other musical performer out of the water—sorry Catherine Zeta-Jones). Adele’s performance at the awards show was one of the few that managed to hold a candle to Bassey’s (honourable mention goes to 2006 Best Supporting Actress Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson, who belted out a song from the movie Dreamgirls so flawlessly that I almost forgave the awards organizers for not booking Beyoncé).
Check out videos of Adele and Shirley Bassey’s Oscar performances below: