British singer Sam Smith posted a picture on his Twitter and Instagram accounts a few days ago which hinted that he might just be involved in this year’s James Bond film, Spectre.
The uncaptioned picture was of a ring he wore that bore the symbol of the organisation, SPECTRE, featured in the movie.
Today, Smith confirms on a BBC Radio 1 show that he will be writing and singing the main song for Spectre. This makes him the first British male solo artiste to record a James Bond track since 1965.
“This is one of the highlights of my career… I am so excited to be part of this iconic British legacy and join an incredible lineup of some of my biggest musical inspirations,” Smith said to BBC Radio 1 deejay Nick Grimshaw.
He added that he was relieved to finally be able to talk publicly about his involvement in the movie, after having been forced to deny (and, well, lie about) early reports to the press, including popular BBC Radio 2 deejay Jo Whiley last week.
The multiple award-winning singer shared that he recorded the track, Writing’s On The Wall, way back in January. At the time, another multiple award-winning British singer-songwriter was rumoured to be working on the song – Adele. Others also rumoured to be working on the movie include Radiohead, Lana Del Rey and Ellie Goulding.
“I got called into the office with (Spectre producer) Barbara Broccoli and (director) Sam Mendes and they gave me the script. I read the script … they said ‘have a go at the song’. It’s the quickest I’ve ever written a song – it took 20 minutes … and they loved it!” he said.
Writing’s On The Wall will be released on Sept 25, while Spectre will be out on Nov 6. Smith co-wrote the track with Jimmy Napes, whom he collaborated with on his hits Stay With Me and La La La.
— James Bond (@007) September 8, 2015
— SAM SMITH (@samsmithworld) September 7, 2015
— SAM SMITH (@samsmithworld) September 8, 2015