After many months of speculation, British singer Sam Smith has confirmed that he has recorded the main theme song for the new 007 adventure SPECTRE. The track is called Writing’s on the Wall and is due for release later this month, on 25th September.
Speaking this morning (8th September), Smith said: ‘This is one of the highlights of my career’. He continued: ‘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’.
The news comes after Smith was subjected to many questions over the last few months about his possible involvement in the project. Just a week ago, Smith had again told the BBC that he was ‘definitely not’ working on the project. But, in an operation worthy of the secrecy of the world of 007, the JBIFC can now confirm that Smith has been involved for a considerable period of time: in fact, the track was recorded in January, 2015.
Smith himself also dropped a huge hint to his many fans yesterday when he tweeted a photo of a finger wearing a Sp.e.c.t.r.e ‘Octopus’ ring, the infamous symbol of Ernst Stavro Blofeld’s dastardly criminal organisation.
And, today, Smith was able to tell BBC Radio-1: ‘I’m so relieved to actually talk about this. This has been a top secret mission of my own’.
Referring to some of the background context to the creation of his new 007 theme song, Smith revealed: ‘I got called into the office with Barbara Broccoli and 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!’
Smith added: ‘I love the song so much’.
The singer has co-written Writing’s on the Wall with fellow Grammy Award winner Jimmy Naples, who has worked with Smith on his previous number one hits Stay With Me and La La La.
Smith’s new track for SPECTRE will be the first theme for a James Bond film recorded by a British male solo artist since Tom Jones in 1965 (who sang the theme song for Thunderball).