Sam Smith’s ‘Writing’s On The Wall’ on course to be first ‘Bond’ theme to reach Number One

British singer provides the theme for new James Bond film 'Spectre'

Sam Smith is on course to be the first artist to reach the top spot of the UK Singles Chart with a Bond theme.

The British singer released ‘Writing’s On The Wall’, his accompanying song for new James Bond film Spectre, on Friday (September 25)

According to the Official Charts Company, Smith is ahead in the midweek chart, currently doubling the sales figures of this week’s current Number One, Justin Bieber’s ‘What Do You Mean?’.


None of the previous 23 Bond themes have reached top spot in the UK. Smith’s predecessor, Adele’s ‘Skyfall’ reached Number Two in 2012, a feat matched by Duran Duran’s ‘A View To A Kill’ in 1985.

Smith worked on ‘Writing’s On The Wall’ with producers Disclosure and songwriter Jimmy Napes. Taking to Twitter following the single’s release, the British singer wrote: “I have been dreaming of this moment for a long long time.”

Listen to the song beneath.


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

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