At 00.07 GMT Monday October 5th, Global James Bond Day, Sam Smith has unveiled the full music video for “Writing’s On The Wall,” the theme song to the new James Bond film SPECTRE. Global James Bond Day is the anniversary of the theatrical release of Dr. No, the first James Bond film.
Sam Smith enlisted renowned music video director and long-term collaborator Luke Monaghan to direct the spectacular video that accompanies the new single. Shot in various locations throughout Rome, the video for “Writing’s On The Wall” opens with a poignant scene of Union Jack clad coffins and goes on to feature various shots of Smith filmed in the same locations as SPECTRE. The video is interspersed with extracts from the SPECTRE film including a love scene between Bond (Daniel Craig) and Lucia (Monica Bellucci), the beautiful and forbidden widow of an infamous criminal.
“Writing’s On The Wall” was co-written by Sam Smith and fellow GRAMMY® Award winner Jimmy Napes. The track is awash with cascading orchestration and delicate keys, whilst Smith’s impeccable vocals elegantly glide above the instrumentation, strewn throughout with his effortless falsetto. It is the first James Bond theme song recorded by a British male solo artist since 1965. After premiering on September 25 worldwide, “Writing’s On The Wall” rocketed to the top of the charts and made chart history by becoming the first Bond theme song ever to score a UK No. 1.
SPECTRE, the 24th James Bond adventure, from Albert R. Broccoli’s EON Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, and Sony Pictures Entertainment, will be released in the UK on October 26 and in the US on November 6.