First Listen: Sam Smith’s Bond Theme Song ‘Writings on the Wall’

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The openly gay British singer Sam Smith openly admitted that the new theme song for James Bond Spectre took him only 20 minutes to write, but it’s a powerful ballad that will sit comfortably (though probably won’t stand out) with the long line of Bond James Bond anthems. The song, “Writings on the Wall,” premiered this morning on UK’s Radio 1, and the reaction has been quite mixed from fans and reviewers alike.

The Guardian compared it to an X-Factor ballad and wrote: “‘Writing’s on the Wall’ doesn’t feel anywhere near as striking as ‘Skyfall.’ That may be because it’s essentially offering more of the same, while Skyfall felt like a break with the recent past, or it may be because it just isn’t as good a song.”

But The Telegraph wrote: “[The song is] a monster Bond ballad…paced more like an old Hitchcock film than the helter-skelter adrenaline rush of James Bond movies.”

We can understand it’s not the easiest task to follow Adele’s smash Skyfall. So where do you think Spectre will fall along the spectrum of great Bond anthems?

Have a listen after the jump (for now the full version is only available on Spotify), but we also have a snippet…

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