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Listen to Sam Smith’s ‘Spectre’ Theme Song, ‘Writing’s on the Wall’

Sam Smith Writing on the Wall
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The wait is over! After it was officially announced a few weeks ago that Sam Smith would be singing the official James Bond theme for Spectre, today you can download the full track, “Writing’s on the Wall.” Before you buy it though, you can listen to the song in full here, to see what you think.

It’s certainly slower and closer to a ballad than most of the other recent Bond themes. We certainly didn’t expect to hear “I wanna feel loved” in a James Bond theme. But hearing it out of the context of the Spectre opening credits, it may be too early to judge.

“Writing’s on the Wall” marks the first time a British male solo artist has recorded a James Bond theme since 1965 when Tom Jones recorded the theme to Thunderball. There were rumors that Smith would be the one to sing the Spectre theme for months (even British oddmakers had him as the heavy favorite) and the singer flatly denied them all. Smith, who claims he wrote the song in about 20 minutes, was finally able to confirm his involvement earlier this month saying, “This is one of the highlights of my career […] I am so excited to be a part of this iconic British legacy and join an incredible line up of some of my biggest musical inspirations.”

Smith follows Adele, who sang the Skyfall title track, Jack White and Alicia Keys, who collaborated on Quantum of Solace’s “Another Way to Die” and Chris Cornell, who performed “You Know My Name” from Casino Royale.

If you like what you’re hearing from Smith and “Writing’s on the Wall”, you can purchase it now on iTunes.

Spectre opens in theaters on November 6.

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