There was much back and forth about which artist would be performing the theme song for Sam Mendes’ Spectre, but just when Ellie Goulding emerged as the hot favorite, MGM and Sony confirmed that it would indeed by Sam Smith lending his vocal chords for the film’s score.
Now that we know the title of the track will be “Writing’s on the Wall” – rather apt given the undertones of James Bond’s latest outing – the companies have slated the number for a release on Friday, September 25, when it will be available to purchase and stream.
Eager to get a taster of Smith’s vocals ahead of launch? Fear not: the singer-songwriter has taken to Twitter to showcase a brief teaser of what we can expect in just a few days’ time.
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Retaining the operatic, old school nature of Adele’s Skyfall theme song, with booming swells of music filling the entirety of the 15-second clip, this is a callback to Bond themes of old. There’s no vocals in the embedded track, which is to be expected given how Bond themes in the past have incorporated the nature of the film’s plot for added effect, but we can still begin to hear the telling signs of Spectre‘s themes.
— SAM SMITH (@samsmithworld) September 21, 2015
As we alluded to earlier, “Writing’s on the Wall” could very well be referring to Daniel Craig’s weathered 00 agent. Indeed, the trailers include the line, “they think you’re finished, James,” hinting that Craig’s super spy will have to prove a few doubters wrong across the course of Mendes’ sequel. Chief among them is Andrew Scott’s newcomer Max Denbigh, who calls the relevance of MI6 into question after Bond’s actions in Mexico during the pre-credits sequence – a pre-credits sequence that has been billed as one of the most ambitious in Bond history.
Spectre will dispatch Daniel Craig on his most daring mission yet come November 6.
A cryptic message from the past sends James Bond (Daniel Craig) 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. Bond infiltrates a secret meeting and uncovers the existence of the sinister organisation known as SPECTRE.