Sam Smith Announces James Bond ‘Spectre’ Theme Song “Writing’s On The Wall”
In the wee hours of Tuesday (September 8) morning, Sam Smith revealed that he did, in fact, record the theme song for upcoming James Bond movie Spectre, thereby putting to rest all the rumors and no doubt irking hopeful Ellie Goulding fans. The single, “Writing’s On The Wall,” has a September 25 release date, and will be available for digital download and, at least in the UK, on 7″ vinyl as well as on CD.
“Writing’s On The Wall” was written and produced by Jimmy Napes, who also collaborated with Smith on Grammy-winning hit “Stay With Me” as well as “Latch” and “I’m Not The Only One.”
“This is one of the highlights of my career,” Smith noted on Instagram. “I am honoured to finally announce that I will be singing the next Bond theme song. I am so excited to be a part of this iconic British legacy and join an incredible line up of some of my biggest musical inspirations. I hope you all enjoy the song as much as I enjoyed making it.”
Smith also stated that “Writing’s On The Wall” will be available to pre-order on iTunes at midnight on Tuesday.
In an interview with the BBC in July, Skyfall film director Sam Mendes, who also headed up Spectre, made several points of saying this will be his last 007 picture. After spending five years shooting these latest two Bond flicks, he’s more than happy, he stated, to get back to the theater.
Adele famously sang Skyfall’s same-titled theme, which was released in 2012 and went on to earn the British singer a Grammy, a Brit Award, a Golden Globe award and an Oscar. “Skyfall” also tied the #8 Billboard Hot 100 peak of Madonna’s 2002 Bond entry “Die Another Day” — both songs being the highest-charting 007 themes in the United States since Duran Duran’s “A View To A Kill” hit #1 in 1985.
Sam Smith most recently appeared on Disclosure‘s summer single “Omen,” which so far has peaked at #64 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.