Sir Paul McCartney couldn’t do it, nor could Adele, but Sam Smith has made United Kingdom chart history by getting his bond theme song Writing’s On The Wall to number one.
Smith told OfficialCharts.com: “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 1 Bond theme song”.
The track is his fifth United Kingdom number one, and the first James Bond theme by a British male solo artist since 1965. “It has-been an unforgettable experience working with Barbara (Broccoli) & Sam (Mendes) to turn out to be part of this British legacy”. Then again, it seems set to become the first ever Bond song to top the United Kingdom charts. The oddly Bowie-esque song sold more than two million copies around the world and reached Number One in A-ha’s native Norway, but only made it to Number Five in the UK.
Spectre will hit cinemas in the United Kingdom on October 26.
Co-written by Smith with regular collaborator Jimmy Napes, and featuring production by dance duo Disclosure, Writing’s On The Wall places the Grammy award-winning singer’s tremulous vocals over a feverish string arrangement.
Smith, of course, said he was very proud and called the song’s success “crazy”.
Sam joined the ranks of Tom Jones, Tina Turner and Adele when he premiered his 007 track “Writing’s on the Wall” last Friday, although reaction was varied.