By Cicely Delaney
With the new Bond film Spectre’s release date edging ever closer, the public’s burgeoning curiosity about who would sing the Spectre theme song was put to rest by a not-so-subtle Instagram post from Sam Smith on Monday: his hand wearing a ring emblazoned with the Spectre logo.
For anyone who was still wondering, he confirmed his involvement today on Twitter, writing “I am excited to be a part of this iconic legacy and join an incredible line up of some of my biggest musical inspirations”. But is he “iconic” enough to join the Bond crew?
Let’s take a look at previous Bond artists. We’ve got Shirley Bassey, Matt Monro, Paul McCartney, Nancy Sinatra… all undeniably, hugely successful. Last year, national treasure Adele achieved cult status with her track for Oscar-winning “Skyfall”. She was an obvious choice due to her talent and enduring popularity, as were the recent artists Jack White and Alicia Keys, Madonna and Chris Cornell.
However, director Mendes’s decision to use Sam Smith seems to mark a shift in Bond music. There’s no doubt of Smith’s talent – he has achieved international success in the space of three years – but with only one album under his sleeve he is notably less experienced than previous Bond recording artists. Did Mendes choose Smith because he wanted a fresh sound for the new Spectre song? Or is there a lack of time-honoured voices in 2015? Is there anyone that would be a better choice?