After months of questioning and several declines, Sam Smith took to his social media and put a stop to the speculation, indeed revealing that he is lending his voice to the theme song of Spectre, the next film in the James Bond franchise. The track in question, ‘Writing’s on the Wall‘ will be released later this month on 25th so be ready!
In a post spanning Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, the popular vocalist wrote, “This is one of the highlights of my career. I am honoured to finally announce that I will be singing the next Bond theme song.”
He continued, “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.”
So with this news in mind, we thought we’d take a look at just why Sam Smith is the perfect choice for Spectre.
His Vocal Talent
There’s no doubt Sam Smith’s soulful vocals are the centre-point of his career and it’s no surprise that he has secured this coveted feat. He joins the ranks of other vocal royalty including Paul McCartney (& Wings), Shirley Bassey and Adele, which only shows how sought after his voice has become. With every live performance, more and more people rush out to buy his album, as demonstrated by his new chart record in which debut album In the Lonely Hour has remained in the UK Top 10 for a massive 67 weeks. There’s an endless amount of video covers we could’ve chosen, but this piano-led performance of ‘Latch‘ is both a fan favourite and one of ours too.
Disclosure and Jimmy Napes Have Both Worked on the Song
You’ve read correctly, Sam has worked with long-time collaborators Disclosure and Jimmy Napes for ‘Writing’s On the Wall‘. Of course you’ll know of Sam’s work with Disclosure, i.e ‘Latch‘ and latest hit ‘Omen‘, both featuring nifty and ingenious production. Songwriter Napes however, has also had an input and if it’s anything similar to his work on Sam’s ‘Stay With Me‘ or Clean Bandit’s ‘Rather Be‘, the trio are guaranteed a hit on their hands.
He Rocks a Tux
Okay so let’s stray from the music for a second and just appreciate how Bond-like Sam looks in his picture. Named solo artist of the year at 2015’s GQ Men of the Year Awards, he clearly has a good sense of style to match his music. In his post, the star gives Daniel Craig a run for his money, his suave appearance having all the makings for the next Bond, or at least for a starring role in the film as an accomplice, or maybe even a villain? The singer hasn’t explictetly rejected the chance to act so we’re thinking the music video is sure to be a good opportunity to show what he’s really made of.
A Song to Bridge the Gap Between Albums
For Sam’s avid fandom, the song can be considered as bridging the gap between In the Lonely Hour and his sophomore album. Rumour has it that an album is still relatively far off with Sam still in the songwriting process. In an interview with BBC Radio 2, he commented: “I’m already writing. When it’s released is up to the amazing team I have around me, but I’m already writing.” On whether there’d be a focus on relationships he also added, “I need to get with someone first for it to be about a relationship, so I’m just going to try and kiss loads of boys over the next year.” While still very ambiguous, we’re sure ‘Writing’s on the Wall‘ will be a happy addition to our Sam Smith playlist which will be played on repeat until the big unveiling of album number two.
More Soundtracks to Come?
Spectre marks Sam’s first ever soundtrack appearance and we’re hoping it will encourage the star to branch out into other motion picture soundtracks in the future. He certainly has the vocal capacity so where is the harm? He could even take a leaf out of Lorde’s book and curate a soundtrack as she did with Mockingjay: Part 1, the third instalment of The Hunger Games series.
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