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You can now listen to Sam Smith's Bond theme song 'Writing's on the Wall’

You can now listen to Sam Smith's Bond theme song 'Writing's on the Wall’

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Sometimes, James Bond films don't have theme songs so much as gently crooned CVs, letting you know what Bond's good at (shooting people!) and how he's feeling (conflicted!). Sam Smith's contribution to the oeuvre with "Writing's on the Wall," the theme song for the upcoming Spectre, falls right into this category, with lines like: "I've spent a lifetime running, and I always get away," and "I'm prepared for this, I never shoot to miss!" Sure, and you're also a self-starter who's happy working as part of a team.

You can listen to "Writing's on the Wall" on Spotify here or download it from iTunes, and to be fair to Smith, the track really is Classic Bond, following on from Adele's soaring, Oscar-winning theme for 2012's Skyfall. There are arching strings that build up into a chorus dripping with melodrama, with Smith then retreating into a delicate falsetto to go all introspective and fragile. Verge staffers compared it to Michael Jackson's mid-'90s epic ballad "Earth Song," and although it's certainly just as earnest, we don't think it's quite as catchy as our favorite Bond theme.

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