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October 3, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

In a case for James Bond to solve, a 90-second clip of Adele’s performance of the theme from the upcoming Bond thriller Skyfall hit the Web on Tuesday but was taken down several hours later. Newsday film critic Rafer Guzmán described it as “a return to the classic Bond songs of yore, with Adele chasing the brassy ghost of Shirley Bassey’s ‘Goldfinger’ and ‘Diamonds are Forever.'” The entire recording is being released officially on Friday, a day that marks the 50th anniversary of the first Bond flick, Dr. No. Writing in Britain’s Guardian, Jude Rogers said that the clip reveals “a slightly softer Adele: not the ‘Rolling in the Deep’ singer who could rival Shirley Bassey for lung power.” Rogers criticized the song’s chorus, however. “The rhymes for Skyfall (‘stand tall,’ ‘face it all’) are also quite cat-sat-on-the-mat.” She then added, “Then again, it’s hard to judge a whole song’s daring on a 90-second edit.”