Skyfall by Adele
"The year is 50 B.C. and
Gaul is entirely occupied by Romans. Well, not entirely. One small
village of indomitable Gauls still holds out against the invaders. And
life is not easy for the Roman legionaries who garrison the fortified
camps of Totorum, Aquarium, Laudanum and Compendium..." By Toutatis!
What is the secret of the invincible Gauls in their sleepy little
village? How have they managed to defy Roman rule for so long? The
secret of course is the mysterious magic potion brewed by their
venerable druid Getafix that gives them super strength and enables them
to bash Roman soldiers by the hundreds. The Gauls might be near
invulnerable with their potion but they are a superstitious bunch and
greatly fear the day when the sky might fall on their heads. How
wonderful to discover that the people at Eon are Asterix fans and have
themed their new film and its theme song around the famous French comic
book series. "When the sky faaaaws... it cumbles...." What? What's with
the strange phrasing?
I have to be honest and
admit I didn't really know who Adele was until I heard she was under
consideration to do the theme. It shows how very plugged into popular
culture I am. I may as well live in a cabin on the moon. The good news
is that the song is a considerable improvement on the previous two. For
my money Casino Royale and - especially - Quantum of Solace have the
two worst theme songs in the series because they don't even sound like
Bond songs (you could say Die Another Day didn't sound like a Bond song
but for reasons that sometimes escape me I enjoyed that one more than
most people) but Skyfall is acceptable. It sounds more like a Bond song
and despite being too obvious and slightly bland it's fine for what it
is. It's along the lines of the Tomorrow Never Dies and The World Is
Not Enough songs. Not very exciting or memorable but ok. Decent enough.
I think someone obviously listened to the criticism of the last song
and was sensible enough not to run the risk of another Jack White (or
whatever his name is) debacle.
Daniel Craig's awful
Unhygienix the fishmonger "Bond" is never going to be my cup of tea but
at least the song this time is bearable.
- Luke Quantrilix