Getting the James Bond Song Right

This past Friday, the twenty-three-year-old British singer Sam Smith, noting that he had been “dreaming of this moment for a long, long time,” released the song “Writing’s on the Wall,” which will play over the opening credits of the new James Bond movie, “Spectre,” due in November. Smith seems to have spent more time dreaming about the début than he did working on the song. In an interview with NPR, he said that he and his collaborator, Jimmy Napes, wrote it in less than half an hour, and that the demo he quickly recorded ended up in the final version (which was produced with help from the British house duo Disclosure).

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