Written by: J. Johnson
Vulnerable, yes. Compelling, to a degree. Different, just a bit, but the Sams this song does have a pitch as each James Bond theme song has had its own identity—Shirley Bassey who sung more songs for the 50-year-old franchise film series—’Writing’s On the Wall’ does have an identity, but the body of work does feel a bit shaky especially since Adele showcased a bond song that gave a profound acceptance to practically everyone.
On writing the Bond film Spectre‘s theme song, Sam Smith took to Twitter and told the world “I have been dreaming of this moment for a long, long time.” This isn’t the first time a male vocalist has been chosen to croon the theme for the series, but Smith does have some big proverbial shoes to fill following Adele’s “Skyfall.”
‘Spectre’ is the 24th installment to the 007 films series. In the films’ history, you can see the tone and style in which each film has evolved. Each Bond has been able to add their own subtle tone to the series.
Here’s the synopsis:
In the film, a cryptic message from the past sends James Bond (Daniel Craig) on a rogue mission to Mexico City and eventually Rome, where he meets Lucia Sciarra (Monica Bellucci), the beautiful and forbidden widow of an infamous criminal. Bond infiltrates a secret meeting and uncovers the existence of the sinister organisation known as SPECTRE.
Meanwhile back in London, Max Denbigh (Andrew Scott), the new head of the Centre for National Security, questions Bond’s actions and challenges the relevance of MI6, led by M (Ralph Fiennes). Bond covertly enlists Moneypenny (Naomie Harris) and Q (Ben Whishaw) to help him seek out Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux), the daughter of his old nemesis Mr White (Jesper Christensen), who may hold the clue to untangling the web of SPECTRE. As the daughter of an assassin, she understands Bond in a way most others cannot.
As Bond ventures towards the heart of SPECTRE, he learns of a chilling connection between himself and the enemy he seeks, played by Christoph Waltz.
SPECTRE (Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion), as Bond fans know, is a fictional global terrorist organization featured in Ian Fleming’s novels, as well as the films and video games based on those novels. The organization was led by the villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld, although the cast is definitely playing it coy about whether or not Blofeld will actually appear in the new film.
Some have claimed that Smith was simply the wrong choice to write and sing the tune, while others call it beautiful and elegant.
Opinions cross the spectrum with Sam Smith’s “Writing’s on the Wall,” and maybe that was what director Sam Mendes was aiming for. Controversy has always been a source of fast fame. EON Productions, MGM and Sony Pictures have released the official theme song from the 24th James Bond film, SPECTRE. Titled “Writing’s on the Wall,” and performed by Grammy winner Sam Smith, you can listen to the SPECTRE theme song. What do you think of the song?
‘Writing’s On The Wall’ By: Sam Smith is available now on iTunes for download!
Directed once again by Sam Mendes, SPECTRE is written by John Logan and Neal Purvis & Robert Wade. The 24th Bond film hits theaters and IMAX on November 6, 2015.