Its official – after months of speculation, singer Sam Smith confirmed today via his Instagram that he will be the voice of the new James Bond theme song, “Writing’s On the Wall”, for the 24th Bond movie, Spectre, out November 6th. Smith’s song will be the first time since 1965 that the Bond theme has been performed by a solo male British artist (the last was Tom Jones for Thunderball).
Understandably Smith is thrilled with this new gig and even happier he’s finally getting to share the news. Smith had previously denied he was involved with the Bond song, though today he revealed that it’s actually been a top secret project and that the song was written in just 20 minutes(!) and was recorded all the way back in January.
Smith’s last few years in the industry have seen him take off into the music stratosphere with a massive hit song, “Stay With Me,” a hit multi-million selling debut album (In the Lonely Hour), and a career-making guest spot with Disclosure on their hit dance song, “Latch”. Time will tell if the writing is in fact on the wall for another huge Sam Smith hit as this new song teams him up again with “Stay With Me” co-writer Jimmy Napes and Disclosure, who Smith says “added some additional production”.
While there’s always a lot of emphasis put on each new Bond song – it doesn’t always equal a chart-topping hit. Arguably the strangest Bond theme in recent history was just a few years back when Jack White partnered with Alicia Keys for the song “Another Way to Die,” which you can hear for yourself below.
“Writing’s On the Wall” is set to be premiere September 25th and will officially be released via Capitol Records October 23rd.