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Sam Smith Honors James Bond with Release of 'Writing's On the Wall' Music Video [WATCH]

by Carolyn Menyes   Oct 5, 2015 09:43 AM EDT

Sam Smith's new James Bond theme, "Writing's on the Wall" from the film Spectre is a massively dramatic song, and the British pop superstar took that in to account with a fittingly solemn music video. On Monday (Oct. 5), the "Lay Me Down" singer released his new visual, featuring footage from the new movie, and helped honor the legendary franchise in the process.

Smith releasing the video for "Writing's on the Wall" shortly after midnight on Oct. 5 was no coincidence. The day has now unofficially been declared "James Bond Day" to help celebrate the release of the first Bond film, Mr. No, which hit theatres on Oct. 5, 1962. And the time shortly after midnight? 00:07 GST, of course, tying into the legendary spy's code number

Directed by his longtime collaborator Luke Monaghan in Rome, the music video for "Writing's on the Wall" actually took Smith to some of the same locations that Daniel Craig (James Bond) filmed at for Spectre in the beautiful city of Rome.

Though Smith first denied recording the latest Bond theme, he later spilled the beans, announcing he would follow Adele with the honor. "This is one of the highlights of my career. I am honored 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," Smith said in a statement upon the announcement of his Bond theme.

Spectre is the latest film in the long-running James Bond franchise. The movie is set to premiere in theatres on Nov. 6 in the United States.

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