Seldom have a Bond title song and its singer polarised the fan community as much as Sam Smith and “Writing’s on the Wall”, his theme for “Spectre” that the artist penned together with Jimmy Napes. The dramatic song for Bonds latest cinematic adventure had earned quite a few raised eyebrows upon release and Bond fans were divided between disapproval and admiration. Nevertheless, the song with Sam Smiths unique vocal range that needed some getting used to, was the first Bond theme to go straight to No.1 in the UK charts.
Having been exposed to a high level of criticism, it must have come as a nice surprise to 23 year old Sam Smith to take home an award for Best Original Song at yesterdays 73rd Golden Globe Award ceremony in Beverly Hills. The competition was stiff with Ellie Goulding’s “Love Me Like You Do” from Fifty Shades of Grey, Brian Wilson’s “One Kind of Love” from Love & Mercy, Wiz Khalifa’s “See You Again” ft. Charlie Puth from Furious 7, and Sumi Jo’s “Simple Song #3” from Youth. Singer Kate Perry presented the award to Sam Smith and Jimmy Napes. “I genuinely didn’t think we were gonna get this,” said Smith on stage.
“Writing’s on the Wall” is the seventh Bond song to be nominated for a Golden Globe, an award that has traditionally hinted at possible Oscar success in February. In 2012, singer Adele took home a Golden Globe for her Bond theme “Skyfall” which makes Sam Smiths win a consecutive success. Adele had also won the Academy Award for “Skyfall” but it’s still unclear whether the latest Bond theme will be nominated for an Oscar.