Grammy champ Sam Smith croons the theme tune for the new James Bond film “Spectre.” He also co-wrote “Writing’s on the Wall” with Jimmy Napes. The pair picked up a Grammy in February for penning Song of the Year “Stay With Me” and could win an Oscar for their latest collaboration.
Three years ago Adele‘s title track for “Skyfall” broke the Oscar curse that had befallen the music that was so much a part of this fabled film franchise. Only three tunes prior to hers had even contended for Best Song and none of these had prevailed (as detailed below).
At the most recent Grammys, Smith won Best New Artist as well as both Record and Song of the Year for his breakthrough hit “Stay with Me” and Best Pop Vocal Album for “In the Lonely Hour.” It took Adele two Grammys to win all those awards, having picked up Best New Artist in 2008 and then a slew of prizes in 2011, including Album and Pop Album for “21” and Record and Song of the Year for “Rolling in the Deep.” “Skyfall” won the 2013 Grammy for Best Song Written for Visual Media.
The three Bond songs that lost at the Oscars were:
“Live and Let Die” (1973)
Written and performed by Paul and Linda McCartney
Lost to “The Way We Were.”
“Nobody Does it Better” from “The Spy Who Loved Me” (1977)
Music by Marvin Hamlisch; Lyrics by Carole Bayer Sager
Performed by Carly Simon
Lost to “You Light Up My Life”
“For Your Eyes Only” (1981)
Music by Bill Conti; Lyrics by Mick Leeson
Performed by Sheena Easton
Lost to “Arthur’s Theme”
Will “Writing’s on the Wall” continue the winning ways of “Skyfall”? Take a listen and then leave us a comment as to its chances.
Photo: Sam Smith. Credit: Columbia