Sunday, May 26, 2024

Sam Smith’s James Bond “Spectre” Song is Called “Writing’s on the Wall”


Sam Smith’s James Bond “Spectre” song is called “Writing’s on the Wall.” It will be released September 25th. Smith was allowed to Tweet the news over night. Now we know why Smith had to lose so much weight this summer– they needed to use his photo in profile. Well, that’s pretty good incentive! Smith wrote the song with partner Jimmy Napier (Jimmy Napes) in 10 minutes. They recorded it last January. So he kept the secret all year, even when he was winning Grammy Awards. The NSA should hire him!

Unlike “Skyfall,” this song doesn’t have the title of the movie in its name. But a few Bond songs have gone in that direction, notably “Nobody Does it Better,” Carly Simon’s huge hit from “The Spy Who Loved Me.” That song does mention the title in its lyrics. Most Bond songs, like “Goldfinger” and “For Your Eyes Only,” use the title of the movie for the song’s as well.

But what would rhyme with “Spectre”? Hector? Nectar? And probably no one wanted Phil Spector to think it was about him.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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