On January 28, the Academy announced that Lady Gaga, Sam Smith and the Weeknd would perform their nominated tunes from The Hunting Ground, SPECTRE and Fifty Shades of Grey on the telecast
"The pressure to deliver a Bond song that stands against all the rest feels quite intense," said Sam Smith, whose new James Bond theme song, Writing's On The Wall, was released September 25. Sam added movie's director Sam Mendes had a say over the song's lyrics and made sure that Bond "didn't sound weak, that he still sounded powerful"
"Adele was Daniel Craig's first choice to record the theme song and Sam Mendes (director of SPECTRE) was 50-50 over whether to use her or a new voice. Filmmakers were prepared to offer millions, but Adele was never up for it. How do you top a worldwide hit like Skyfall anyway? It was too big a risk"
"I'm so relieved to actually talk about this. This has been a top secret mission of my own. I got called into the office with (producer) Barbara Broccoli and (director) Sam Mendes and they gave me the script, I read the script. They said, 'Have a go at the song'. It's the quickest I've ever written a song"