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The James Bond SongsPop Anthems of Late Capitalism$
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Adrian Daub and Charles Kronengold

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780190234522

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190234522.001.0001

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“At Skyfall”

“At Skyfall”

The Bond Song, Repression, and Repetition

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(p.27) 1 “At Skyfall”
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The James Bond Songs
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Adrian Daub

Charles Kronengold

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190234522.003.0002

On the face of it, Adele’s title song for 2012’s Skyfall is a Bond-song notable only its fealty to a format established fifty years before its release. But in fact, “Skyfall” is not intended as just another entry into the Bond-canon, it is intended to explain and in some way ground the aesthetic tics that have defined the Bond-song for decades. Adele’s song and its mysterious title are more tightly integrated into the film’s plot than usual, and film and song together construct the word “Skyfall” as the key to a psychoanalysis of James Bond, and the songs that serenade him.

Keywords:   Adele, Skyfall, Sigmund Freud

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