(NEW YORK) — OK, so maybe Adele’s new James Bond theme “Skyfall” didn’t debut at #1 on the charts — it’s still the most successful James Bond theme in quite some time.
Yahoo!’s Chart Watch points out that by debuting at #8, “Skyfall” is now the first Bond theme to hit the top 10 in ten years. The last one to manage it was Madonna’s 2002 theme for Die Another Day, which peaked at #8. It’s worth noting that Madonna also appeared in that Bond movie, playing a fencing instructor. It was also the last James Bond film to feature Pierce Brosnan in the title role.
Adele can also add another achievement to her list: “Skyfall” is one of only seven themes in the entire history of the Bond films that have hit the top 10 in the U.S.
The other ones are, of course, “Die Another Day,” plus “Goldfinger” by Shirley Bassey, “Live and Let Die” by Paul McCartney & Wings, “For Your Eyes Only” by Sheena Easton, “Nobody Does It Better” by Carly Simon and “A View to a Kill” by Duran Duran.
The Duran Duran Bond theme remains the only one that’s ever hit #1 in the U.S., but Adele still has a shot at that.
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Madison Park and Frank Pallotta, CNN
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