Sam Smith’s James Bond Theme Song Is About to Be Stuck in Your Head

25 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

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

On Friday, the soulful British singer released “Writing’s On the Wall,” his killer single for the new James Bond movie, Spectre, which debuts in U.S. theaters Nov. 6. 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.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). 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 (including the UAE) 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 on Friday.

I am honoured to finally announce that I will be singing the next Bond theme song.” One minute before, the Bond Twitter account unveiled Smith’s official single cover, showing the singer ready for duty in a sharp suit that 007 himself would approve. 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. 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.

Smith has been on a roll with releasing new music – he dropped “Omen” and its accompanying music video in July to support frequent collaborators Disclosure. 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.”

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. 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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