“WRITING’S ON THE WALL” FROM “SPECTRE”
Music and Lyric by Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith
In 2013, the James Bond series was completely reinvigorated with “Skyfall,” an ode to the character and the franchise while being one of the best films of the year. It garnered five Academy Award nominations and even won two, including Best Original Song. Bond was never a stranger to the Original Song category with the themes from “Live And Let Die” (1973), “The Spy Who Loved Me” (1978), and “For Your Eyes Only” (1981) all being nominated for Oscars. And in 2013, the “Skyfall” theme by Adele finally took home the prize. With that win then, it comes as no surprise that Sam Smith’s “The Writing’s On The Wall” lands on our radars, looking to capitalize on Adele’s James Bond success. However, there simply is no comparing the two songs, as Adele’s was absolutely brilliant from start to finish, not only embodying the film as a whole, but being just an amazing song in general. Smith’s song, however, feels thin and almost structured to resemble Adele’s composition.
What’s its competition? The Best Original Song category is comprised of many popular artists, including Lady Gaga and The Weeknd, along with Sam Smith. With that, it seems the other two nominees are likely on the outskirts, playing second fiddle. Lady Gaga is having an impressive year already and with that will likely be the Academy honoring her the only way they can. Sam Smith did win the Golden Globe for his James Bond contribution, so do not completely count it out. But the way the dice are rolling at the moment, Lady Gaga stands to win.
Previous nominations? These are the first Academy Award nominations for Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith.
// Produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli // Directed by Sam Mendes //
// Dated Viewed: Wednesday, February 10th, 2016 // BLU-RAY // 13 films – 19 days //