Sam Smith has now joined the ranks of Adele, Madonna, Sheryl Crow and more on the prestigious list of artist who have performed the title track of a James Bond film.
Smith's contribution to the British spy franchise "Writing's On the Wall " (for Spectrum, out Nov. 6) was met with mixed reviews when it came out last month. Some thought Smith's bellowing ranks was tailor-made for the theatricality of a Bond theme while others criticized the track for not stretching the genre's creativity far enough (especially since its predecessor produced an Oscar-winning number that was similar in style).
It may be too early to the discuss the artist the next in line to take on a Bond theme, but we feel strongly that Canada has some serious contenders who could absolutely take on the task of penning the perfect theme song. Bond producers, take note.
While Bond theme songs often favour orchestral and horn flourishes, the franchise has not shied away from introducing rock acts such as Jack White, Garbage and Chris Cornell. Canadian folk-rock duo Whitehorse would fit right in on this list with its slow-burning guitars and heart-pounding rhythms that could set the scene for any action flick.
Speaking of Canadian rock acts, Arcade Fire could create something big, bold and classic for Bond. The band has proven to be proficient in the cinematic realm, having won an Academy Award for best score in 2014 for Her. Arcade Fire has also contributed to the soundtracks of Boyhood and The Hunger Games.
Although his smooth tunes are the opposite of suspenseful, Bublé sure looks like he would make the perfect Bond with his endless supply of dapper suits. That being said, we wouldn't rule out the crooner for a Bond theme.
Sure, she has claimed the Titanic theme song already, but Dion could definitely give Adele's "Skyfall" has run for its money if she were ever to commit to a killer 007 track. (Pan flute optional.)
Another phenomenal vocalist who would belt her way through a Bond theme is R&B singer Fiona. Her soaring range makes it clear that she can tackle a song of the same caliber as Adele's "Skyfall" or Tina Turner's "Golden Eye."
R&B star the Weeknd, a.k.a. Abel Tesfaye, is no stranger to successful soundtracks. This year, Tesfaye found himself on top of the charts with his 50 Shades of Grey song, "Earned It," which stylistically fits the mold of a Bond theme - string crescendos clad in a cloak of mystery and tension. There's no doubt Tesfaye's massive vocals can adapted to a Bond theme.
With legends like Paul McCartney, Gladys Knight and Sheena Easton already on the list of Bond theme song performers, it's time we added a Canadian heavyweight in the form of Leonard Cohen. (Note: Canadian star k.d. lang's "Surrender" appeared in 1997's Tomorrow Never Dies as a secondary track, but not as the title theme.)
Folk singer-songwriter Basia Bulat may not be the first name that comes to mind when you think of James Bond films, but her robust voice and adventurous fusion of electronic sounds and folk foundations could offer something new to the spy franchising.
The Belle Game
The Vancouver band's lead singer, Andrea Lo, could easily take on a Bond theme. One listen to "River," off of the band's 2013 debut album, Ritual Tradition Habit , and you'll be convinced that the band needs to be considered for a future film feature.
No one sounds better with a full string section than Montreal artist Patrick Watson. Over the course of five albums, Watson has composed the most grandiose scores, the New Pornographers' A.C. Newman chose to feature in 2013's Daniel Radcliffe romcom The F Word .