“Writing’s on the Wall”, Sam Smith’s theme for Spectre has been released. As some of you know, it’s the first James Bond theme song recorded by a British male solo artist since 1965 when Tom Jones did Thunderball. The new track was co-written by Smith and fellow Grammy Award winner Jimmy Napes.
Smith said: “This is one of the highlights of my career. I am honoured to finally announce that I will be singing the next Bond theme song. I am so excited to be a part of this iconic British legacy and join an incredible line up of some of my biggest musical inspirations. I hope you all enjoy the song as much as I enjoyed making it.”
Loaded with his trademark vocals, it definitely sounds like a James Bond theme song. However, while I am a huge fan of Sam Smith, the song didn’t wow me like “Skyfall” by Adele. The first time I heard “Skyfall” I knew it was a classic. The Spectre theme song sounds fine. But it’s nothing I will need to hear again and again.
Listen to “Writing’s on the Wall” below and tell me what you think, and click here for Matt’s ranking of every Bond theme song ever. Spectre opens in UK theaters on October 26th and US theaters on November 6th, and stars Daniel Craig as James Bond, Ben Whishaw as Q, Naomie Harris as Moneypenny, Ralph Fiennes as M, Christoph Waltz as Oberhauser, Monica Bellucci as Lucia Sciarra, David Bautista as Mr. Hinx, Léa Seydoux as Madeleine Swann and Stephanie Sigman as Estrella.
You can also purchase the song on iTunes here.
Here’s the official synopsis for Spectre:
A cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE.
You can click here to catch up on all our Spectre coverage, or peruse some recent articles below.
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- New ‘Spectre’ Video Highlights Monica Bellucci and Léa Seydoux
- SPECTRE Theme Finished and Sounding “Fantastic”; Place Your Bets on Who Sang It
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