Writing's on the Wall (Sam Smith song)

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"Writing's on the Wall"
Single by Sam Smith
Released25 September 2015
Format
Recorded2015:
RAK Studios
Abbey Road Studios
The Pierce Rooms
GenreOrchestral pop
Length4:38
LabelCapitol
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Sam Smith singles chronology
"Omen"
(2015)
"Writing's on the Wall"
(2015)
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"Omen"
(2015)
"Writing's on the Wall"
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James Bond theme singles chronology
Music video
"Writing's on the Wall" at YouTube

"Writing's on the Wall" is a song by British singer Sam Smith. It was the theme song for the James Bond movie Spectre in 2015. The song was released as a digital download on 25 September 2015.[1] The song was written by Smith and Jimmy Napes, and produced by Napes, Steve Fitzmaurice and Disclosure. It was released on 25 September 2015.

"Writing's on the Wall" received mixed reviews, especially when compared to other Bond theme songs.[2][3][4][5] The mixed reception to the song led to Shirley Bassey being a popular topic on Twitter on the day it was released.[6][7]

The single became the first Bond movie theme to reach number 1 in the UK Singles Chart. It also reached the Top 10 in a few other European countries. Unlike other James Bond themes, it was not as successful outside Europe. It only peaked at Number 43 in Canada and Australia and Number 71 on the Billboard Hot 100. Only the instrumental version of the song appeared on the movie's official soundtrack album.

The song won the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song at the 73rd Golden Globe Awards[8] and the Academy Award for Best Original Song at the 88th Academy Awards.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Sam Smith's 'Writing's on the Wall' Is the Theme of New Bond Film Spectre". Time. Retrieved 8 September 2015.
  2. "Sam Smith Bond song splits opinion". BBC News.
  3. Petridis, Alexis (25 September 2015). "Sam Smith's James Bond theme review – 'It feels like an X Factor ballad'". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 September 2015.
  4. "Sam Smith's 'Writing On The Wall' 'Spectre' Song Hasn't Impressed 'James Bond' Fans". The Huffington Post UK.
  5. "The Writing's on the Wall: Sam Smith's James Bond Spectre theme panned online". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 25 September 2015.
  6. "Sam Smith's James Bond theme song 'Writing's On The Wall' makes Shirley Bassey trend on Twitter because people hate it". The Independent.
  7. "Sam Smith Releases New Bond Theme But Twitter Reckons He's No Shirley Bassey". MTV UK.
  8. Merry, Stephanie; Yahr, Emily (December 10, 2015). "Golden Globes nominations 2016: Complete list". The Washington Post. Retrieved December 10, 2015.