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Watch: Sam Smith Goes for 007 Realness in ‘Writing on the Wall’ Video

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Debonair, dour, and downright brooding: It’s the perfect partner for Spectre


With Casino Royale, Daniel Craig ushered in a new iteration of James Bond. Gritty, pitch black, and unburdened of any iota of smirking self-reference, we got a deeply troubled and conflicted 007.

With the premiere of Spectre, the third of the Craig Bond flicks, on the horizon, November 6 to be exact, we were due the video that accompanies Sam Smith's theme for the film, "Writing on the Wall."

Well here it is and, tonally, it's on point. The video features Smith performing the theme in stark cemeteries and gloomy cliffsides, intercut with scenes from the film. Not a tricked out spy car or gadget in sight. If this, and the film's most recent trailer, are anything to go on, we're in for plenty of thrills, grief, and a paucity of laughs.

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