LIsten: Sam Smith’s Bond theme, ‘Writing’

25 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

New bond theme song hailed as instant classic on release.

Today (25Sept15) fans will finally be able to listen to the 23-year-old’s track Writing’s on the Wall, which will accompany the new Bond film’s release in October (15). “I’m s**tting myself.The new James Bond theme song, “Writing’s On The Wall”, was released Friday, with singer Sam Smith’s nerves over how it would be received proving unfounded as fans hailed it as a classic. The release comes a month before “Spectre”, starring Daniel Craig as Bond, is released in Britain and Ireland on October 26 before a worldwide release on November 6. “The pressure to deliver a Bond song that stands against all the rest feels quite intense,” the British singer told The Sun newspaper in an interview Friday.

The 23-year-old added that the movie’s director Sam Mendes had a say over the song’s lyrics and made sure that Bond “didn’t sound weak, that he still sounded powerful”. “There are three types of Bond song: the big, bombastic showstopper exemplified by Shirley Bassey’s ‘Goldfinger’, the dark, melancholic, regretful ballad of which Nancy Sinatra’s ‘You Only Live Twice’ is an example and finally, the heroic rock anthem like Paul McCartney’s ‘Live And Let Die,’“ he said. It is very, very slow and surprisingly restrained, at times floating by on resonant piano notes, the faintest brush stroke of orchestra, with all the focus on Smith’s intense, tremulous vocal, rising with controlled pace and tension to an audacious chorus pay-off. I got to get away with unbelievable string and brass sections — I got to be a drama queen.” Spectre hits cinemas from October (15) and will be introduced with a royal premiere in the UK, the birthplace of Bond. Sam can’t wait to hit the red carpet and hopes he might even get a chance to speak to 007 himself – actor Daniel Craig. “I think the whole world fancies Daniel Craig. The song is credited to Smith, his usual co-writer Jimmy Napes and comes, rather surprisingly, with extra production from electro club duo Disclosure.

The only instrumentation is piano and orchestra, which builds in swirls and flourishes, but then very wisely withdraws again just when you think it’s going to go all John Barry. There are no stereotypical blasts of ripe horns and just a hint of a percussive wallop, a short instrumental section near the end stirring up the ominous minor chords and deep cello rumble that Bond fans have come to expect. Smith gained an unfortunate reputation for plagiarism after Tom Petty asked for a credit on Smith’s hit Stay With Me, which he felt too closely resembled his own Won’t Back Down.

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