Sam Smith Aiming for James Bond Number One
After months of rumors and speculation, it was confirmed on Tuesday by Sam Smith that he will sing for the theme of ‘Spectre’, the next James Bond movie. This will be the first time in 50 years that a male British solo artist has recorded the title song for a 007 movie. The track ‘’Writing’s On the Wall’ was co-written by the ‘Stay with Me’ singer with Jimmy Napes, fellow Grammy Award winner. Sam Smith collaborated with Jimmy Napes for his best-selling debut album titled ‘In the Lonely Hour’ in 2014.
Smith will be joining the likes of Shirley Bassey and Adele in performing the theme song of a Bond film. The singer said that he had recorded the song near the end of last year and had found it immensely difficult to keep it to himself. The 23-year-old said that it hadn’t been easy to keep the project under wraps as people had guessed that it was going to be him so he had to be really good at lying. He added that recording the song was a new high for him and he hadn’t expected it to happen.
There had been considerable speculation about who would sing the theme song for “Spectre”, which is likely to storm the music charts all over the globe, similar to Adele’s theme for ‘Skyfall’ which won an Oscar. Radiohead and Ellie Goulding had been the other contenders. As a matter of fact, bets had been suspended by a British bookmaker after someone had attempted to palce a 15,000 pounds wager on Radiohead. Tom Jones was the last solo British male to sing a Bond theme in 1965 called “Thunderball”.
Sam Smith didn’t say much about the song because he said that it would give away the story. The singer had undergone vocal cord surgery in the previous year and said it had been very challenging to perform.