When you consider all things, it really is coming as no surprise that Sam Smith has been confirmed to perform the theme song for the 24th installment in the James Bond Franchise, Spectre. The song is titled Writing’s on the Wall and will be available for download and streaming from September 25.
The rumours had been going around for months before the official announcement was made early today, and those who have been following the story will not in the least be surprised. The I’m Not the Only One singer, whose debut album (In The Lonely Hour,) released last year, and debuted at the number one and two spots in the UK and US album charts respectively.
An interesting fact however is that the announcement means Smith will be the first male solo British act to perform the Bond theme song since Tom Jones in 1965.
Speaking on the development, Sam Smith said, “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. 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.”
It would be interesting to see how well Writing’s on the Wall does at the music awards, after the very successful outing of Adele’s Skyfall, winning the Academy and Golden Globe awards for “Best Original Song” as well as the Grammy Award for “Best Song Written for Visual Media” and the Brit Award for “British Single of the Year.”
The film, directed by Sam Mendes, follows Bond after a cryptic message from the past sends him 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. He 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.