Despite it’s mixed reception, Sam Smith’s ‘Writing’s on the Wall’, the theme for the latest James Bond Film Spectre, has made history by becoming the first Bond theme to reach number 1 in the charts. The prestigious honour of performing a track for a Bond film isn’t given to just anyone, but the end results have always been a bit hit-and-miss even with the big name stars. So who would be best suited then to perform the song for the next instalment? Who can match Smith’s chart success and yet find the universal acclaim that ‘Writing’s on the Wall’ has been missing?
Radiohead – The other main rumour about the Spectre theme besides Sam Smith was that it would be performed by Radiohead. They’ve never exactly been a commercial band and I think doing a bond theme would be too much like ‘selling out’ for them. However if they could be persuaded I think they could perform the perfect song; dark, eerie and with a raw, vicious edge.
Hozier – The main complaint about Smith’s song is that it simply wasn’t powerful enough. This is a film about a man with a license to kill, you don’t want something gentle. Hozier’s great deep voice has the necessary oomph to make a deserving and memorable tune.
Paloma Faith – Theatrical and soulful is a safe bet and few sum up that ideal like Paloma Faith. However her rendition of ‘World in Union’ for the rugby world cup has been less well received than the Spectre theme. A possible risky move, it could be fantastic or fall flat.
Paolo Nutini – The Scottish singer has earned his place as one of the biggest names in modern soul music. The track ‘Iron Sky’ from his album ‘Caustic Love’ had all the power, the drama, the message and the build which you’d expect from a classic bond song. It’s not a stretch of the imagination to see him pull it off again.
Florence + the Machine – My number one choice for a Bond theme candidate. Adele’s ‘Skyfall’ was an instant classic and the only woman in Britain that can match it is Florence Welch. She has the passion, the power, and with the right song she can make the best theme in the franchise’s history. The only trouble would be trying to make the film itself worthy of having it in the soundtrack.
Sia & St. Vincent – A bold choice I admit, but fortune favours the bold. Both are rather unorthodox but are damn good at what they do. Sia’s immense voice and St. Vincent’s wailing guitars could end up being a match made in heaven… or it could fail spectacularly like the partnership of Alicia Keys and Jack White. Is it a risk worth taking?
This is by no means a comprehensive list, there are plenty of acts out there that could produce some incredible performances. Who would be your choice to perform the next Bond theme?