My Bond Song: Sam Smith

A film documenting the making of Sam Smith's Bond theme for the film 'Spectre'.

Made for Radio 1's iPlayer channel.

The Project


BBC Radio 1

Services used

Video Production





BBC iPlayer

The Brief

Radio 1 commissioned Grape to make a film about the making of Sam Smith's 'Writing On The Wall', the song for the Bond movie 'Spectre'. Our video also needed to look at the importance of the Bond theme in popular culture, and delve a little into its history.

The Solution

With Nick Grimshaw as presenter, we used his interview with Sam as the backbone of the piece. Along with the archive of previous Bond songs, we also used James Bond footage to help tell the story. We heard from Sam's collaborators, Naughty Boy and Disclosure, along with Radio 1's Greg James, Scott Mills and Chris Stark, who shared their thoughts on Sam as an artist, whilst his producer Jimmy Napes talked about the writing of the song itself. Finally, Bond composer David Arnold revealed the thinking behind scoring a film such as 'Spectre'.