For a musical artist, being selected to sing a James Bond theme song is like a pro football player being named Super Bowl MVP. For months, 007 fans speculated about who would be chosen to perform "Writing’s On The Wall," the theme of the 24th Bond movie, SPECTRE. Among the names bandied about were Ed Sheeran, Ellie Goulding, Lorde and Adele.
But then on Monday, Sam Smith's Instagram and Twitter featured an uncaptioned black-and-white close-up of a hand bearing a simple brushed-metal band. Engraved on its face was the infamous SPECTRE octopus logo.
The tantalizing clue pointing to Smith as the choice was affirmed by the four-time Grammy winner on Tuesday.
"This is one of the highlights of my career. I am honored to finally announce that I will be singing the next Bond theme song," Smith, 23, tweeted. "I am so excited to be part of this iconic British legacy and join an incredible lineup of some of my biggest musical inspirations. I hope you all enjoy the song as much as I enjoyed making it."
Smith wrote the SPECTRE theme song with fellow Grammy winner Jimmy Napes.
Commenting on the announcement, SPECTRE producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli said, “Sam and Jimmy have written the most inspirational song for SPECTRE and with Sam’s extraordinary vocal performance, ‘Writing’s On The Wall’ will surely be considered one of the greatest Bond songs of all time.”
The singer will be joining a pantheon of Bond music alums, which include Shirley Bassey ("Gold Finger"), Carly Simon ("Nobody Does It Better"), Paul McCartney ("Live and Let Die"), Tom Jones ("Thunderball") and Adele ("Sky Fall").
Many James Bond aficionados will tell you that their favorite part of each film is the gun-barrel title sequence, which is backed by a rousing — and often memorable — piece of original music. In 2012, Adele won an Oscar and a Golden Globe award for her performance of "Skyfall."
The official 007 site noted that "Writing’s On The Wall" will release on September 25, about six weeks ahead of the movie's U.S. release on November 6.
Actor Daniel Craig, as James Bond, will battle the evil forces of SPECTRE, which is an acronym for "SPecial Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion," a fictional global crime syndicate and terrorist organization.
Credits: Instagram.com/SamSmithWorld; www.007.com