It’s official: Sam Smith has just confirmed Tuesday via Instagram that he’ll be recording the new theme song for the upcoming James Bond film, Spectre.
“This is one of the highlights of my career. I am honoured to finally announce that I will be singing the next Bond theme song. I am so excited to be a part of this iconic British legacy and join an incredible line up of some of my biggest musical inspirations. I hope you all enjoy the song as much as I enjoyed making it.”
The theme is named “Writing’s on the Wall,” and will be released by Capitol Records on September 25. Sam Smith wrote the track along with his longtime collaborator and “Stay With Me” co-writer, Jimmy Napes. Smith’s “Writing’s on the Wall” will be the first Bond theme performed by a British male solo artist since Tom Jones recorded “It’s Not Unusual” in 1965.
Sam Smith’s confirmation hasn’t quite come as a surprise to many, as he has hinted on Monday night that he’ll be singing the theme song for the next James Bond film. Smith’s hint came via Twitter when he tweeted a black-and-white photograph of his hand with a ring on it.
As any 007 geek can tell you, the octopus symbol represents the evil organization known as the Spectre, which dates back to the 1962 James Bond film, Dr. No.
It has long been a trademark of the James Bond film franchise to play theme songs during title sequences. The tracks are often performed by high-profile singers. Some notable James Bond themes include Paul McCartney’s “Live and Let Die,” Shirley Bassey’s “Goldfinger,” Carly Simon’s “Nobody Does It Better,” and Madonna’s “Die Another Day.”
Before Sam Smith, the prestigious honor was given to Adele, whose titular theme song for Skyfall earned her the Best Original Song trophy at the 85th Academy Awards.
Speculation as to who will sing the next James Bond theme has heated up in the months leading up to Sam Smith’s announcement. Besides Sam Smith, other contenders included Lana Del Rey, Ellie Goulding, Thom Yorke, and Ed Sheeran. As of July, Sam Smith became the heavy favorite, as previously reported in the Hollywood Reporter.
The 23-year-old Sam Smith has been winning a lot of awards of late. Smith took home four trophies at the Grammys early this year, including Song of the Year for “Stay With Me,” the Best New Artist award, and the Best Pop Vocal Album for The Lonely Hour.
[Image courtesy of Sam Smith / Instagram]