NME readers say Lana Del Rey should have been chosen for ‘Bond’ theme over Sam Smith

Smith has recorded 'Writing's On The Wall' for new James Bond film 'Spectre'

NME readers have given their opinions on Sam Smith being chosen to sing the new Bond theme song.

Earlier on Tuesday (September 8), Smith was announced for the theme song for upcoming James Bond film, Spectre. ‘Writing’s On The Wall’ will be released on September 25, with the film following on October 26.

Asked by NME what they thought of the British singer performing the track, a majority of the responses were negative. One fan wrote, “Sam Smith is the popular choice but it doesn’t mean he’s the correct one.”

However, another reader argued, “He’s perfect for it. It will be huge. I still think his voice is a bit shrill and sounds best when he is singing a Disclosure song.”

Other artists NME readers would have preferred to do the theme include Florence + The Machine and Arctic Monkeys. The readers’ favourite to have been chosen was, however, Lana Del Rey.

Read a collection of responses from fans below.


The Bond theme announcement was made on Radio 1 this morning. Smith told presenter Nick Grimshaw: “This is one of the highlights of my career. I am so excited to be a part of this iconic British legacy and join an incredible line-up of some of my biggest musical inspirations.”

He added, “I’m so relieved to actually talk about this, this has been top secret mission of my own… It’s the quickest I’ve ever written a song – it took 20 minutes – and they loved it! I love the song so much.”

Disclosure have also announced that they worked on the track with Smith and Jimmy Napes.

Smith had previously – and repeatedly – denied that he was to be involved with what will be the 24th Bond film.