Poll: What’s your favorite Bond song of all time?

25 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Listen: Sam Smith’s Bond theme, ‘Writing’.

Bond films are like cultural time capsules: each film introduces the world to a new car, new gadgets, and a new theme song forever linked to an actor who’s typecast as liking his martinis shaken, not stirred. Sam Smith’s James Bond theme song for the upcoming Spectre, Writing’s on the Wall, has just dropped online and, unfortunately for him, the response has been lukewarm to say the least.We’re going to go out on a limb here and say that regardless of what you think of the song, Sam Smith’s theme for the forthcoming Bond film Spectre will be a massive hit.

Sam Smith’s “Writing’s on the Wall” for SPECTRE debuted today under the shadow of Adele’s Grammy and Academy Award winning song for 2012’s Skyfall. It follows recent Bond themes by Adele (Skyfall’s Oscar-winning track of the same name), Jack White and Alicia Keys (Another Way to Die from Quantum of Solace) and Chris Cornell (You Know My Name from Casino Royale). It has all the hallmarks of a successful Bond song: earnest vocals, pop-orchestral arrangement, and a composition that feels weirdly somber compared to the exploits of everyone’s favorite government assassin. Smith, 23, broke down the orchestral, falsetto-laden Wall with NPR’s Morning Edition, remembering how he and Napes wrote it in less than half an hour and recorded a demo right after.

Loved the instrumental, but the vocals kinda lacked something,” wrote user Alexander Maher. “Needed some Shirley Bassey style diva drama.” Compared to some responses that was particularly nice, Eyerex wrote: The Bond theme by Sam Smith has to be the worst one ever “bring back Shirley Bassey”. Penning the track, Smith says he wanted to put himself “in the shoes of Bond,” bringing a sensitivity to the franchise heard on his emotional debut album, In the Lonely Hour, last year. “My music is a diary and it’s a recap of my life, and I wanted to bring that kind of honesty,” Smith says. “In the lyrics — ‘How do I live, how do I breathe? / When you’re not here I’m suffocating’ — I wanted a touch of vulnerability from Bond, where you see into his heart a little bit.” 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.

Fast forward many months and trying to work out what a chorus is, ‘hiring’ suits from Asos, praying to Q that Radiohead weren’t doing it, and a horse, among other things – and we have Spectre. 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. Musically, this is like nothing we have ever done before or will do again (so it’s a shame a lot of people have said it’s the best thing we will ever do) but the spirit within the whole thing is all 100% Spectres. We perhaps shouldn’t have spent half a year on a project when we should be writing a second album, but when we start something we find it hard not to put all our energy into it and this has been nothing different.

We hope people take Spectre for what it is: a band who no one would ever expect-re pop song from, trying to write a song that can compete with what will be the biggest pop song of the year.

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