Smith told The Guardian
that Danny Boyle and Isles of Wonder's writer Frank Cottrell Boyce felt the music that accompanied the arrival of the Olympic torch should be driven more by emotional response than musical style. "Frank and Danny put forward beautiful, transcendental poems by people like WH Auden, Thomas Nash, Philip Larkin," he explained. "They set the tone for 'Caliban's Dream.' Very early on Danny encouraged me not to think in terms of Eye Of The Tiger
' for the final stages; we weren't looking for anything testosterone-fuelled. Those poetic ideas that we had talked about initially just seemed so beautiful; we wanted to draw them in to the story of the torch. Karl [Hyde, Smith's partner in Underworld] spent a long time working with those words to make them flow, helping avoid all the possible clichés we could fall prey to."