Sam Smith's new Bond theme released to mixed reviews
The new James Bond theme song, "Writing's On The Wall", was released Friday, with fans of singer Sam Smith hailing it as a classic, though others were less complimentary.
The release comes a month before "Spectre", starring Daniel Craig as Bond, is released in Britain and Ireland on October 26 before a worldwide release on November 6.
Bond legend Roger Moore, who starred in seven of the films, praised Smith on Twitter for his "very haunting and wonderfully orchestrated" song.
But a number of critics likened the song to Michael Jackson's "Earth Song" and commented disparagingly on Smith's claim that it only took 20 minutes to write.
Grammy award winner Smith is the first British male solo singer to sing the 007 theme since Tom Jones sang "Thunderball" in 1965.
"The pressure to deliver a Bond song that stands against all the rest feels quite intense," the British singer told The Sun newspaper in an interview Friday.
The 23-year-old added that the movie's director Sam Mendes had a say over the song's lyrics and made sure that Bond "didn't sound weak, that he still sounded powerful".
Ajay Chowdhury of the James Bond International Fan Club said the song had "automatically achieved classic Bond song status".
"There are three types of Bond song: the big, bombastic showstopper exemplified by Shirley Bassey's 'Goldfinger', the dark, melancholic, regretful ballad of which Nancy Sinatra's 'You Only Live Twice' is an example and finally, the heroic rock anthem like Paul McCartney's 'Live And Let Die,'" he said.
"Sam Smith's song belongs to the second of these categories."
Meanwhile, Stephen Jones, a music commentator, tweeted: "Am I alone in thinking the new Sam Smith Bond theme is reminiscent of Michael Jackson's Earth Song?"
Numerous other tweets suggested that he was not.
Others seized on an interview with the BBC in which Smith reportedly said: "It's the quickest I've ever written a song -- it took 20 minutes".
"You can tell. Not a Bond classic by a million miles," wrote Twitter user Robin Hindle.
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