Sam Smith records theme song for new James Bond film ‘Spectre’
Surprising no one, Sam Smith announced he has recorded the theme to the new James Bond flick, “Spectre.”
“This is one of the highlights of my career,” the British crooner tweeted Tuesday. “I am honoured to finally announce that I will be singing the next Bond theme song.”
The key word there is “finally.”
Speaking to BBC Radio 1, Smith said he’d recorded the song in January (“the quickest song I have ever written”) and had been trying his darnedest to keep it hush-hush ever since.
“This has been a top-secret mission of my own trying to keep it a secret,” he told the Radio 1 “Breakfast Show.”
“I’m so relieved to actually talk about this.”
The song, called “Writing’s on the Wall,” will be released September 25. The movie comes out Oct. 26 in the United Kingdom and Nov. 6 in the United States.
The singer said he wrote the song with Jimmy Napes, with whom he penned the monster hit “Stay with me.”
Smith called “Writing’s on the Wall” a “classic love song” and said it took the pair 20 minutes.
While singer Ellie Goulding’s name was thrown about, the smart money had always been on Smith, particularly after the run on the charts he’s been having lately. His debut album “In the Lonely Hour” earned him four Grammys.
The Bond movies have a tradition of tapping the ‘it’ guy or gal for their opening number.
Adele (“Skyfall”), Madonna (“Die Another Day”) and Tina Turner (“GoldenEye”) have all had a go at previous theme songs. Shirley Bassey managed a three-peat (“Goldfinger,” “Diamonds are Forever,” and “Moonraker.”)
“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,” Smith said in another tweet.