Sam Smith’s Radically Wimpy James Bond Theme

25 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Sam Smith’s new Bond theme, Writing’s on the Wall – listen here.

Sam Smith’s James Bond theme, to accompany the franchise’s latest outing Spectre, has hit radio and internet playlists – with reaction as mixed as a well-made martini.Sam Smith’s theme from the upcoming James Bond movie “Spectre” dropped early Friday morning — but anyone with even the vaguest knowledge of Bond-film music over the last 53 years could have predicted what “Writing’s on the Wall” was going to sound like weeks ago.

The Writing’s on the Wall which critics have called both “a monster Bond ballad” and “an X Factor ballad” is favourite to top the charts on Sunday. Madonna’s 2002 effort, “Die Another Day,” took things in a dancier direction, while Chris Cornell rocked out (albeit feebly) with 2006’s “You Know My Name.” Then, two years later, Jack White and Alicia Keys employed a surprisingly raucous soul strategy on “Another Way To Die.” These songs had mixed fortunes on the charts — but at least they tried to move the Bond theme out of its stale, stodgy old box.

He had earlier admitted he was extremely anxious about being tasked with the theme tune, which is co-written with Grammy winner Jimmy Napes. “With this song I don’t care about it charting and things like that. But with Adele’s 2012 effort “Skyfall” and now Sam Smith, it seems as though James Bond themes are back to the old formula — not stirred, and not shaken, either. One of the first to give his verdict was former Bond star Sir Roger Moore, who tweeted: “Sam Smith has delivered a very haunting and wonderfully orchestrated Spectre theme song. Well done!” In a promotional video for the song, Smith said he saw himself playing a character in the lyrics, which he said are “not about me, about my life, it’s the James Bond song and it’s the first time I’ve had to play a little bit of the character”.

Smith, who told BBC Radio 1 at the song’s launch that he had written the lyrics in just 20 minutes after being given the script by director Sam Mendes and producer Barbara Broccoli. When you’re not here I’m suffocating.” Online reaction was mixed, but the prevailing feeling appeared to be that Smith’s song had left listeners stirred, but not exactly shaken.

Comedian Omid Djalili, who once appeared in a Bond film as “second Azerbaijani oil pipe attendant”, tweeted the song: “Just left me in a broken heap… if you’re not moved by this song you don’t have a pulse.” But Martyn Ware, the former Human League star, was less than enthused, calling it “an ersatz insult to all the great falsetto voices”. The best and most memorable are just great songs, pure and simple.” Many listeners were struck by the song’s rising notes as the song reaches its bridge, drawing comparisons to Michael Jackson’s Earth Song.

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