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Following months of vague hints and teasing, on Monday, September 7, Sam Smith created an internet storm, taking things even further by posting a black-and-white pic on Twitter and Instagram of his hand with a ring on it – a ring with an octopus symbol that will feature heavily in the next James Bond flick, Spectre. The symbol has been used in all types of marketing material for the new film, leaving fans to speculate that the Grammy Award winner will sing its theme song.
Of course it’s never official until an announcement comes from the studio itself, but that’s just what happened early Tuesday morning, making Sam the first to record a James Bond theme song by a British male solo artist since 1965. Albert R. Broccoli’s EON Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, and Sony Pictures Entertainment confirmed that the “Stay With Me” singer has recorded “Writing’s On The Wall,” the theme song to Spectre, the 24th James Bond adventure.
Sam, who co-wrote the song with Jimmy Napes, said in a statement, “This is one of the highlights of my career. I am honored 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.”
Just last week the 23-year-old Londoner told BBC Radio 2 that he was “definitely not” working on the project, but apparently he’d just been working hard to keep things under wraps. He explained to Radio 1’s Nick Grimshaw on Tuesday, “I’m so relieved to actually talk about this, this has been a top secret mission of my own.”
Smith said he recorded the track in January, explaining, “I got called into the office with Barbara Broccoli and 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!”
“I love the song so much,” he added.
Spectre will be released in the U.S. on November 6. The song will debut and be available to purchase and stream on September 25.