Writing’s on the Wall

Glenn Rohrbacker

A couple weeks ago, it was announced that Sam Smith would be the next artist to sing the theme song for the next James Bond movie. Spectre, the next installment of the 007 franchise, is set to release on Oct. 26.

On Friday, the world was introduced to this hauntingly beautiful and solemn theme song that, in my opinion, fits the movie very well. Sam Smith tweeted that this was a “dream come true” for him.

There were mixed reactions to the release, some people saying that the song was very boring and that it wasn’t well put together. Others thought that it was incredible and totally fitting for Daniel Craig’s famous character. Personally, I thought the song was a great theme to capture the essence of James Bond. There was that smooth vocal, heavy brass and intense dynamic change that Bond themes always share.

The last Bond theme song was sung by British singer Adele, who many have compared Sam Smith to.

Why is everyone making a big deal out of the theme song for a movie? Particularly a sequel to an already established franchise?

Well 007 has always been an ever-changing entity. And Bond’s theme song is one of the most iconic songs of all time. When an artist is picked to define the spirit and tone of the next James Bond movie, people are going to start talking about it.