The ‘Stay With Me’ singer has made chart history with the new James Bond film theme song, ‘Writing’s On The Wall’. Sam Smith was chosen as the artist to record the theme track to Spectre, an honour previously held by Alicia Keys, Jack White, Madonna, Chris Cornell, Tom Jones and Paul McCartney.
The single was released as a digital download on September 25th, it was so popular that by the 2nd October it was revealed that ‘Writing’s On The Wall’ has become the first James Bond theme in history to ever top the UK singles charts.
Speaking to the Official Charts Company, the 23-year-old said, ‘It was such an honour to be asked to write and record Writing’s On The Wall and it’s incredible that it’s become the first Number one Bond theme song. It’s been an unforgettable experience working with Barbara [Broccoli, Bond co-producer] and Sam [Mendes, Spectre director] to become part of this British legacy.’
‘I couldn’t have done this without my fans – this is a special moment I’ll never forget.’
The single sold an impressive 70,000 combined units in sales and streams. In the months leading up to the announcement that Smith would be recording the track, rumours were abundant of the singer’s involvement. Smith admits he found it hard to keep the secret.
‘I had to lie through my teeth, which isn’t much fun,’ Sam told Britain’s The Sun newpsaper ‘My lying is really good now, when you say ‘genuinely’ people believe it.’
The new bond film, Spectre, will be released in UK cinemas on Monday October 26th.