Adele’s Skyfall theme fails to break the chart curse of James Bond

Still no 007 theme has managed to top the British singles chart as Swedish House Mafia deny the 50th anniversary effort


Bond’s 23rd screen outing Skyfall might be earning rave reviews, but its theme tune, performed by British songstress Adele, has failed to break the curse of Bond themes and make it to the top of the British singles charts. 


Adele’s tune, which entered the charts at number four last week, has been pipped to the top spot again this weekend, with Swedish House Mafia’s new entry Don’t You Worry Child outselling the Bond theme by 43,000 copies.

Despite being hotly tipped for the number one spot this week after racing to the top of the iTunes chart in the hours after its release, Skyfall was no match for Swedish House Mafia’s final single as a group, finishing the week at number two in the offiical UK singles chart.  

Skyfall does equal the record for the highest charting Bond theme, which has been held by Duran Duran since their 1985 song A View to a Kill managed to make it to number two in the charts.  However, Bond’s number one curse remains intact. 

Other near misses for Bond include Madonna’s 2002 Die Another Day, which made it to number three, A-ha’s The Living Daylights, which scored a number five in 1987, and Carly Simon’s Nobody Does It Better that peaked at number seven in 1977 as the theme to The Spy Who Loved Me. 


In total, of the 18 Bond themes released in the UK charts, 11 have made it in to the top ten, but still none has made number one.  Duran Duran’s A View to a Kill hit the top of the Billboard Hot 100 Chart in America, but for now, the curse of the Bond themes in the UK Chart continues.