John Newman ‘unerwhelmed’ by Sam Smith’s Bond tune

John Newman has said he was “underwhelmed” when he heard Sam Smith’s Bond theme song.

Newman revealed that he thought the theme tune for ‘Spectre’ would’ve been more energetic.

“It’s alright. I’d just quite like to hear an energetic Bond song soon,” Newman said of ‘Writing’s on the Wall’.

“I know it’s not the history of a Bond song but I wouldn’t want it to go into a place that becomes ballads every time. It would be nice to have an energetic action one because it is an action film.

“I’d love to have a bash at it. I’d want to make something energetic and a bit different… and something that takes longer than 20 minutes to write.”

Newman also spoke about being likened to Smith early on, saying that although the comparisons died down now he’s always been flattered by them.

“It’s always been amazing to be compared to him because his success has been incredible and his climb has been incredible,” said the singer.

“I was on the same train as him for quite a while in terms of the rise to success until it really kicked off in America for him. I’m proud to see him do well because I think he’s a nice guy.”

Newman’s second album Revolve is out on Friday (October 16).