Although most Bond themes have been performed by female singers, male performed Bond them songs have been happening since 1965 with Tom Jones’ Thunderball theme. Sam Smith, a four time Grammy winner, is the latest male singer to sing a James bond theme song.
The opening theme song for the upcoming James Bond film Spectre was released the morning of Friday September 26, 2015, and is available for online purchase. British singer Sam Smith’s Writings on the wall, has received a mix of negative and positive criticism so far. Some are calling it a copy of Michael Jackson’s Earth Song from 1995.
Here are some of the negative things twitter users had to say about the song:
“Whether you like Sam smith or not, #WritingsOnTheWall is horrible. Not a fitting bond theme
— Sean Ashman (@TheSeanAshman) September 25, 2015
— Spencer Pritchard (@SpenPritchard) September 25, 2015″
Some had positive things to say about the Writings on the wall. Even Roger Moore, the second actor to play James Bond, seemed to like the song.
Ajay Chowdhury, from the James Bond International Fan Club, gives his thought on the song:
‘”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.
‘Sam Smith’s song belongs to the second of these categories. Writing’s On The Wall will undoubtedly go on to endure as an evergreen: another quality of the best Bond songs.'”
–Sopia Moir from Mail online
Interestingly, Sam wrote the song in 20 minutes, performed for the producers, and then got their approval,
Sam Smith said,
” ‘I got called into the office with [producer] Barbara Broccoli and [director] Sam Mendes and they gave me the script, I read the script … they said, ‘Have a go at the song’.
‘It’s the quickest I’ve ever written a song – it took 20 minutes – and they loved it. I love the song so much.’ ”
Audiences will be able to hear the Sam Smith Bond Song when Spectre releases in theatres on November 6, 2015. Criticism aside, the song has hit the number 1 spot on itunes. If you are eager to hear it before the movie releases, Writing on the Wall can be found on itunes and Spotify