Listen Here: Sam Smith’s James Bond ‘Spectre’ theme, ‘Writing’s on the Wall’

Posted on September 25, 2015


by Alex JS, editing by Adam MS

It’s FINALLY here!

British crooner Sam Smith has unveiled his James Bond theme song, Writing’s on the Wall, for upcoming 007 movie Spectre.

The track, now available to download and stream, was co-written by Smith and songwriter Jimmy Napes (Smith’s Grammy-winning Stay With Me). It follows recent Bond themes by Adele (Skyfall’s Oscar-winning track of the same name), Jack White and Alicia Keys (Another Way to Die from Quantum of Solace) and Chris Cornell (You Know My Name from Casino Royale).

Smith, 23, broke down the orchestral, falsetto-laden Wall with NPR’s Morning Edition, remembering how he and Napes wrote it in less than half an hour and recorded a demo right after. Penning the track, Smith says he wanted to put himself “in the shoes of Bond,” bringing a sensitivity to the franchise heard on his emotional debut album, In the Lonely Hour, last year.

“My music is a diary and it’s a recap of my life, and I wanted to bring that kind of honesty,” Smith says. “In the lyrics — ‘How do I live, how do I breathe? / When you’re not here I’m suffocating’ — I wanted a touch of vulnerability from Bond, where you see into his heart a little bit.”

So far, Wall has received a split reaction from people on Twitter, although Smith appears to be feeling the love.