Sam Smith ‘almost regrets’ Bond theme: ‘It’s so high that I have to grab my balls’

'Writing's On The Wall' is the theme to new Bond film 'Spectre'

Sam Smith has joked that he “almost regrets” writing new Bond theme ‘Writing’s On The Wall’ because it is difficult to sing live.

Smith sang the theme song for new James Bond film Spectre, performing it live on the Graham Norton Show on Friday night (October 23).

Speaking to host Norton ahead of the performance, Smith said: “I’ve only actually sang the song once really. I did the demo in the studio, and they used it. It’s horrible to sing. Horrible. I almost regret — no, I don’t regret… It’s just so high. I have to grab my balls, it’s awful.”


The singer revealed that the song needed a “few tweaks” from his original draft because his lyrics were too “emotional” and “vulnerable”, which he says is unfitting for a character like Bond.

Smith also added that he’s not seen the actual film yet because he wants to see it with his family in the cinema when it’s released (October 26).

Watch Smith performing and discussing his song below.

Spectre is being released in the UK and Ireland today (October 26). It will then open in cinemas internationally on various later dates, with its US release scheduled for November 6.


NME spoke to Smith for the exclusive cover feature in this week’s magazine (available free in the UK now).

On the subject of Bond, Smith admitted that he did not know the franchise too well initially but now wants the actor who plays Bond next to be like Roger Moore or Sean Connery.

“[Daniel Craig] was my favourite initially, because I’m 23 years old. I hadn’t seen all the old movies, and I loved how modern his take on Bond was. But when I went back and watched them all, I realised that it’s Connery and Moore who I love the most,” he said.

“I love how classy and clean-cut they are. I think I’d like the next Bond to be more of a return to that.”

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