Sam Smith makes chart history with SPECTRE theme

Writing’s on the Wall, the theme song from the upcoming SPECTRE movie, has been officially declared the UK’s number one single.



Former James Bond composer David Arnold has defended Sam Smith’s Spectre theme tune, The Writing’s On The Wall. Then again, it seems set to become the first ever Bond song to top the United Kingdom charts.

Among Bond themes, the previous highest-charters were Adele’s “Skyfall” and Duran Duran’s “View To A Kill”, both of which hit No. 2.

Shirley Bassey is the only artist to sing three Bond themes (the others being “Diamonds Are Forever” and “Moonraker”), but let’s face it, “Goldfinger” is the one they and all others are measured against.

Speaking to the Official Charts Company Smith said, “It’s been an unforgettable experience working with Barbara [Broccoli] and Sam [Mendes] to become part of this British legacy”. By Chris CookeIf you’re a big Sam Smith fan but you think that Bond theme is a bit mediocre, then worry not.

According to Smith, however, Mendes had tweaked the lyrics to make sure Bond did not seem too vulnerable.


Co-written by Smith with regular collaborator Jimmy Napes, and featuring production by dance duo Disclosure, Writing’s On The Wall places the Grammy award-winning singer’s tremulous vocals over a feverish string arrangement. So what do I know? And one week this morning- Friday- “Writing’s on the Wall” soared to number 1 on iTunes.

Sam Smith 'Writing's On The Wall&#39 music video still