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Adele Ranks High in "The Atlantic's" Bond Theme Rankings

Image courtesy of Columbia Records (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Columbia Records (via ABC News Radio)

In honor of the new James Bond film, Skyfall , which opens Friday, Paste magazine film editor Michael Dunaway has ranked every Bond song for an article that appears on TheAtlantic.com .  And the latest theme, from Adele , gets good marks.

Adele’s title track from the new 007 flick receives a grade of “A,” with Dunaway writing, “The producers may have missed their chance to have Amy Winehouse do a Bond theme, but they make up for it here with their most inspired choice in years.  It's not just that she's a throwback vocalist; it's that she's a great vocalist.”

Adele’s “Skyfall” ranks fourth on the list, behind Tom Jones ’ "Thunderball" and Shirley Bassey ’s “Diamonds Are Forever” and “Goldfinger.”

Also in the top 10: Duran Duran ’s “A View To a Kill” and Carly Simon ’s “Nobody Does It Better.”

Dunaway doesn’t care much for Madonna ’s “Die Another Day,” which ranks second to last.

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