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He's got talent and is a good singer, sure - but that does not automatically make him right for Bond.
I'll hear it when I see the movie & with a bit of luck the song will work as a whole with the titles after the PTS...
Barry wasn't without his misfires as well... "The Man With The Golden Gun"?.. that song was awful..
3 of the best Bond songs in the whole Barry era weren't written or arranged by Barry.. "Live And Let Die" (Martin).. "Nobody Does It Better" (Hamlisch).. and "For Your Eyes Only" (Conti)
Those comparing it to Michael Jackson are doing a tremendous disservice to the King of Pop .. More 1980's Michael Bolton "How Am I Supposed to Live Without You" imho.
I really know nothing about Sam Smith because I don't listen to pop radio so I had no expectations or preconceptions, but to me this sounds 100% like a commercial decision. There's no other excuse for giving us this 100% teenage shmaltz, imho.
Well, my expectations of SP have declined dramatically if this is the best thing they can come up with, creatively.
However, if it gets some of these teenagers that they seem to be going for to fork out the money for the film, then at least they will have succeeded in one respect. Now let's have a decent score (Newman has to save this thing now......).
I could tell that even Nick Grimshaw of Radio 1 had no enthusiasm in his voice after it finished (just going through the motions....."what a record!! that's huge...")
It's fun but awful, oddly Lulu makes it work, but on a comedic level not a musical one. I will add another misfire: Moonraker, especially that undescribable disco version. What was Barry thinking of?
so we have a song that fits the sub plot? great
Did anyone think otherwise? SS was quite obviously chosen for his commercial appeal, not for his suitability.
makes me feel real small for actually liking it... like there is something wrong with me - everyone else hates it, why don't i?.... guess i have no clue what is or isn't good music. *shrugs*
No, I understand Bond alright. Probably understood him long before you were even born. But again you don't mean what you say... what you mean is do I understand Craig's interpretation of Bond, not Bond per se? Basically I just didn't understand what you meant as you didn't give any specific reasons for this significance of yours. I trust you must've read the screenplay to deduce that DC's Bond is vulnerable in SP, as it was M that was the vulnerable one in SF and not the other way round? Anyway, I always saw him more as psychologically damaged than vulnerable. Either way, it doesn't prevent the song from being middle of the road. Kind of reminds me of a Daniel Bedingfield song. It's ok... but it ain't a classic to my ears.
don't ask them to do that.. it's impossible.
As for the song, I think its a grower. Its a little slow, but its much better than the likes of DAD and AWTD. I reckon after a few more listens this will be highly thought of in the same way SF is.
Agreed. The music is saving this thing. This is not Carly Simon, that's for sure. I've yet to figure out what it is, but I'm sure I'll come up with a suitable adjective at some point.
the vocals are half the song.. thats 50%.. and you always round up if something is 50% or more.. so it's full on hate, sorry ;)
All in all, I still wonder how Newman's score is going to pan out in relation with Smith's them or if it's even incorporated. my hopes on it are low.
Not sure if 90% are hating it! I think most people are on the fence like me. I don't hate it but don't love it either, it's a good song I'm just not sure if it is a great song. I think it might result in a smashing title sequence though.
no it's 90% hate.... probably about 7% on the fence... 3% like it.
The song won the Academy Award for Best Original Song; it had been the first Bond theme to receive an Academy Award nomination since the 1982 song "For Your Eyes Only" and was the first Bond theme to win the award. It also won the Critics' Choice Award for Best Song; the Golden Globe for Best Original Song; and the Brit Award for British Single of the Year. Adele gave her acceptance speech at the last of those awards through a video message, as she was in Los Angeles preparing for her Academy Award performance. It was also nominated for the Satellite Award for Best Original Song but lost to "Suddenly", from Les Misérables. "Skyfall" was also named the Best Original Song by the film critics associations of Houston, Las Vegas and Phoenix. The song won at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards for the Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media.
I think he has desires that he puts away and tries to hide the bad feelings. And he's accustomed to this. He's made himself his own psychopath when in reality he's not. But yes, I got that, as that makes sense (about the story).
so what if it doesn't?
However, in terms of the film itself being creative, my hopes are now much lower, yes.
Box office wise, I've still got hope though, because DC and particularly Waltz/Seydoux are definitely capable of pulling it off. Sure hope so.
As I said before, it's personal taste :-)
Sometimes it's 90/10
Sometimes it's 70/30
Sometimes it's 50/50
Sometimes it's 05/95
No need to feel small :-). But I do think that "WOTW" is liked less than "YKMN" and "SF" on average.
It never hurts winning an Oscar. It doesn't matter either. But I do think this song in the long end will be seen more forgettable. Don't see it becoming a classic evergreen like "SkyFall".
Whereas "SF" is more of the "Goldfinger" of our time, "WOTW" seems to become the "All Time High" of our days :-).
You're not alone. I don't listen to SS's music and when the 15 seconds teaser was released I liked it but reserved full judgement until I heard the whole thing. Many people clearly assumed the teaser to be wholly indicative of the rest of the song and that's something many people in general do; putting the cart before the horse.
I like the song very much, it's by no means the best but it is first and foremost what SS said it was going to be, a love song. Secondly it's almost as if now all of a sudden many people are just discovering what the guy sounds like, as if he wasn't going to sound the way he did. Yes, taste and preference plays a big part but it's shocking to see so many people suddenly ignore all the prior information we were given about the song and artist.
The song is different, which I like, has some classic elements without to it and isnt the chaotic mess that AWTD was. Funny thing is, had this song been a lot more traditional it would have been accused of being too safe and uninspired. Oh well, I'm sure DK is going to knock it out of the park with his title sequence to punctuate the atmosphere in a way that may elevate the song for those who dislike it.