Sam Smith’s highly anticipated James Bond theme song has arrived, as “Writing’s On The Wall,” which will be featured in this fall’s Spectre, was unveiled on Friday (Sept. 25). Predictably, “Writing’s On The Wall” boasts sweeping production and a soaring vocal take from the British superstar, who worked with producer/songwriter Jimmy Napes on the track.
“Writing’s On The Wall” will naturally be compared to “Skyfall,” Adele’s 2012 James Bond theme that ended up winning a Grammy and an Oscar, among other trophies. Now that you’ve heard both, which recent Bond theme shakes you (or, you know, stirs you) the most?
Vote now in the poll below to tell us whether Adele’s “Skyfall” or Sam Smith’s “Writing’s On The Wall” is the superior James Bond jam!
With “Writing’s On The Wall,” Smith has both recorded the first Bond theme by a British male solo artist since 1965, as well as offered a stopgap in between his blockbuster debut In The Lonely Hour and his eagerly awaited sophomore album. “This is one of the highlights of my career,” Smith said of recording “Writing’s On The Wall” in a press statement.
Meanwhile, Adele’s “Skyfall” — from the 2012 film of the same name — won the Academy Award for Best Original Song, and a Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media. The song also peaked at No. 8 on the Hot 100 chart, after her sophomore album 21 sent three singles (“Rolling In The Deep,” “Someone Like You” and “Set Fire To The Rain”) to No. 1.
Need to hear both songs again? Listen to “Writing’s On The Wall” and “Skyfall” below, and weigh in by voting in the poll now!