A couple of new TV spots for SPECTRE have been revealed over the past week or so, and are now available online courtesy of Sony Pictures. A final minute-long trailer is expected in the next few days, after initial showings in cinemas on Wednesday.
So the day today officially saw Sam Smith releasing his latest pet fad, SPECTRE’s main tile song Writing’s on the Wall, into the big wilderness of the world wide audience, to the considerable buzz of the social media and Bond fans all over the globe. If you haven’t done so already you can currently catch the tune on Spotify and iTunes. Feedback amongst fans was – predictably – controversial and the discussion is still going on. Feel free to have your say about Writing’s on the Wall’s merits in this thread of our forum.
A literary meditation by Jacques Stewart
In my youth (that’s not a location update) I set a “quiz” for my College. Brain-mashers like “Abbreviations excluded, name the only U.S state written using one line of typewriter keys” (Alaska; no-one knew (no-one cared)) and “Name the only country written using one line of typewriter keys”. Peru, but some “body” said Eire (fair point), another that “it’s Republic of Peru, actually, I know thart, actually, because I gap-yeared tharh, actually, licking yurts, communing with my spirituality, yah, and photocopying for my uncle at KPMG Lima.” There was such a fight. I encouraged it. Ectually.
I also had a round on “James Bond”. This was 1993 (hence “typewriter”), with 007 as relevant and welcome as anything else dead for four years that sane folks hoped would never return, like Eastern European communism, that Dr Who children’s programme or the Ayatollah Khomeini (give him time). Select questions went:
1. Which two Bond films to date do not feature a helicopter? (Child-like optimism to say “to date”, but child-like I was (rather than current lifestyle choice of childish), and brilliant. Precocious, smackable little weasel)
2. Why is A View to a Kill unique amongst the Bond films? (Keep it clean. In early 2015, this answer still holds)
3. Which author has written the most James Bond novels?
There were others, such as Q’s I.Q. to the nearest five points (it’s five; trick question), something something watches something (it really doesn’t matter) and Anne Fleming’s inside leg measurement (loads of people knew it; some reputation, that) but I’ve forgotten the rest.
Another week, another SPECTRE poster. This one brings back the classic “007 with Bond girl”-motif, keeping the “Day of the Dead”-pic in the background – but with more colors!
There´s also a new banner artwork – so one may doubt that this is the final one sheet. Maybe there´s another one combining Bond with the villain called… um… what´s his name?
With the various news and goings-on around the latest cinematic James Bond adventure – mainly speaking about the musically side of affairs here, see below official announcement – another main event for fans is today’s release of Alex Horowitz’s brand new 007 adventure Trigger Mortis.
Horowitz launched the book yesterday evening at a special event at Waterstones Piccadilly where he talked about the book, his writing experience and his connection to 007 and Ian Fleming. Huge stacks of copies were signed and our spotters report a fun evening filled with exciting details about Bond’s latest adventure, the first continuation effort to include material by Ian Fleming himself.
As such Trigger Mortis is without a doubt a unique entry into the official canon, offering a splinter of Fleming’s idea for a – never realised – James Bond TV series. The idea, centred around the Grand Prix car race at classic German racing track Nürburgring, remained a fragment Fleming had no chance to use in further works. But so far reviews seem to indicate the original tallies nicely with Horowitz’s full-length novel and the overall verdict of the critics seems to be favourable (see the BBC’s overview here).
The die-hard Fleming buffs are of course not satisfied by the media buzz and will want to judge for themselves. Once you’ve read the book you’re welcome to discuss your impressions in this thread of our forum.
After much speculation, and his own octopus ring based hint yesterday, Sam Smith has been confirmed as the singer of the title song for SPECTRE.
The track itself is called “Writing’s on the Wall”, and was co-written by Smith and Jimmy Napes, who was heavily involved with his debut album “In the Lonely Hour”.
CD, vinyl and digital releases are available to pre-order through his website. The song will be available to download and stream from Friday 25th September.
The CD single will also include an instrumental version of the theme.
SPECTRE producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli said: “Sam and Jimmy have written the most inspirational song for Spectre and with Sam’s extraordinary vocal performance, “Writing’s on the Wall” will surely be considered one of the greatest Bond songs of all time.”
Smith himself added: “This is one of the highlights of my career. I am honoured to finally announce that I will be singing the next Bond theme song. 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. I hope you all enjoy the song as much as I enjoyed making it.”
Singer-songwriter Sam Smith appears to have ended the months of speculation over who will perform the title song for SPECTRE.
The 23-year-old posted a photo on his social media platforms showing him wearing the famous SPECTRE octopus ring.
Despite being heavily linked to the role for much of the past year, Smith has repeatedly denied that he would be singing the main title song, saying in July it was “definitely not” him.
Official confirmation is expected by Tuesday.
Today, Eon Productions released a new poster for SPECTRE. As of now, no further information was given on 007.com if this is meant to be the final theatrical poster. The full billing on the bottom (minus information on who’s going to perform the title song) may count as an indicator for this but not as an evidence.