The highly anticipated new Bond film, Spectre, has had its tone well and truly set – enter Sam Smith‘s theme ‘Writing’s On The Wall‘.
Shot in Rome, the video features our hero James Bond intercut with vision of Smith walking the moors and before scenes of coffins draped in the Union Jack.
Smith worked with frequent collaborators, Jimmy Napes, and Guy and Howard Lawrence of Disclosure on the song. ‘Writing’s On The Wall’ features Smith’s distinctive aching vocals over a minimalist piano score in the foreboding introduction, as orchestral croons cut in and out and gain momentum as the song reaches its climax.
The most emotive and introspective Bond theme thus far, Smith sings “How do I live? How do I breathe? When you’re not here I’m suffocating”, an obviously very new side to the infamous spy.
Smith’s theme has become the first in the history of the franchise to top the charts – despite being greeted with extremely mixed reviews online (with many branding it too pop ballad-y and soppy). Speaking on BBC Radio, Smith called the opportunity to record the theme a “highlight” of his career.
Personally, I like the song, but what do you think?
Spectre, directed by Sam Mendes, is due out November 12 in Australia.