Ban Sam Smith Bond song, not Paloma Rugby World Cup song

Thousands of sports fans have signed a petition asking ITV to stop playing Paloma Faith’s Rugby World Cup song.

The Paloma Faith cover of “World in Union” has been pilloried online, with people branding it “excruciating”. The Paloma Faith “World in Union”campaign was spearheaded and initiated by Jonathan Wilson from Worcester, who launched the petition a week ago on campaign website Since then it has attracted nearly seven thousand signatures.

The IT worker told the Press Association: “The petition isn’t taking issue with Paloma herself – in fact, I’d never even heard any of her music before last week. I don’t like her rendition of World in Union, but she’s interpreted the song in her own unique way and sung it in her style, and it would be wrong of her to have approached it in a different way. What we’re petitioning against is ITV’s decision to use the song in their coverage, and the regularity with which it is forced upon our gentle ears.”


The Record Press author would respectfully suggest and argue that  if we are going to ban the Paloma Faith cover of “World in Union”, then equally the Sam Smith Bond film theme should also be banned. Sam Smith’s theme song “Writing’s on the Wall” for the latest James Bond theme “Spectre” is dull, dull, dull……

Arguably it’s the worst James Bond film theme ever and yet it appears to be on course to make history, by becoming the first Bond theme to reach No1 in the UK charts. Out of 23 Bond themes, Adele’s “Skyfall” and Duran Duran’s “A View To A Kill” have performed best, both peaking at No2 in the charts.

Sadly the Sam Smith Bond theme song “Writing’s on the Wall” has heralded the return to a trend in recent years for adele-skyfall-21-150x150inferior Bond film themes, that fall short of the majestic standards set between 1963 and 1995. Most of the James Bond film themes in the past 20 years have been grossly inadequate, notably those performed by Chris Cornell, Jack White / Alicia Keys and Garbage ( the latter aptly summing them all up!! )

The exception was Adele’s “Skyfall” in 2012 which bucked the trend with the power and performance standard set by Shirley Bassey. Since 1995 and Tina Turner’s “Goldeneye”, the rest have fallen well short of the standards expected and associated with the classic James Bond film themes of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.

If Sam Smith reaches No1, he will undeservedly head this Top 20 Best Selling James Bond Film Theme Songs, based on their UK Chart positions –

Top 20 Best Selling James Bond Film Theme Songs ( with chart position & year of release )


1= Adele – Skyfall ( Chart position No2 / 2012 )

1= Duran Duran – A View To A Kill ( CP No2 / 1985 )duran-duran-a-view-to-a-kill.-150x150

3 Madonna – Die Another Day (CP No3 / 2002 )

4 A-ha – The Living Daylights ( CP No5 / 1987 )

5 Gladys Knight – Licence To Kill ( CP No6 / 1989 )

6= Paul McCartney & Wings – Live & Let Die ( CP No7 / 1973 )

6= Carly Simon – Nobody Does it Better ( Spy Who Loved Me CP No7 / 1977 )

6= Chris Cornell – You Know My Name ( Casino Royale CP No7 / 2006 )

9 Sheena Easton – For Your Eyes Only ( CP No8 / 1981 )

10 Jack White / Alicia Keys – Another Way To Die ( Quantum of Solace CP No9 / 2008 )

11 Tina Turner – Golden Eye ( CP No10 / 1995 )tina-turner-golden-eye-150x150

12= Nancy Sinatra – You Only Live Twice ( CP No11 / 1967 )

12= Garbage – The World Is Not Enough ( CP No11 / 1999 )

14 Matt Monro – From Russia With Love ( CP No20 / 1963 )

15 Shirley Bassey – Goldfinger ( CP No21 / 1964 )

16 Tom Jones – Thunderball ( CP No35 / 1965 )

17 Shirley Bassey – Diamonds Are Forever ( CP No38 / 1971 )

18 Rita Coolidge – All Time High ( Octopussy CP No75 / 1983 )goldfinger-150x150

19= Lulu – The Man With The Golden Gun ( CP Non Hit / 1974 )

19= Shirley Bassey – Moonraker ( CP Non Hit / 1979 )


Which are your favourite James Bond film theme songs? Let us know in the Reply Box below.

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