12 Things You Learn Rewatching Spectre

11. Sam Smith's Title Song Is Better Than You Remember

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You might remember that Sam Smith's title song, "Writing's on the Wall", was almost universally reviled when it debuted in the weeks leading up to the film's release.

The primary criticisms were that it sounded like a "lazy" attempt at a Bond song and fell far short of Adele's Oscar-winning "Skyfall", even though it ultimately went on to win both the Golden Globe and Oscar for Best Original Song.

Three years removed from Spectre's release, it's much easier to take the song on its own terms, and while it's hardly a classic of the Bond canon, it's really not bad at all.

Following Adele's all-timer is a nigh-on impossible task, but its bombastic tone suits the film's absurdly melodramatic mood to a T, and Smith's unique vocal tenor is a nice change from the ordinary without being, well, Jack White and Alicia Keys.


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