The leak came after Adele's press release, in which the singer said:
"I was a little hesitant at first to be involved with the theme song for 'Skyfall.' There's a lot of instant spotlight and pressure when it comes to a Bond song. But I fell in love with the script and Paul [Epworth] had some great ideas for the track and it ended up being a bit of a no-brainer to do it in the end. It was also a lot of fun writing to a brief, something I've never done, which made it exciting."
The leak appears to have surfaced from a preview given to a select group of press and radio representatives on Monday. You apparently can't trust anyone, though, as the 1:45 long snippet surfaced online on the free audio distribution service Soundcloud on Tuesday. The audio clip was eventually blocked, but had already been copied and distributed to YouTube and other similar sites.
Since then, though, the videos have been systematically erased from the Web, with the result being that it's difficult to find a video that one can be confident was the original leaked version. The most popular leaked video link was here. We've embedded what may or may not be the same audio file, and another copy is here.
"Skyfall" is the latest - and 23rd - James Bond film, and is being released in the 50th anniversary year of the Bond film series, which began with 1962's "Dr. No."
The plot of the movie is as follows:
In addition to Daniel Craig, also starring in the movie are Judi Dench as "M" (her seventh outing), Albert Finney as Kincade, and Ralph Fiennes as Mallory. "Skyfall" is due to have its premiere on Oct. 23 in London, with a general U.K. release on Oct. 26. The film reaches the U.S. on Nov. 9.