The rumours can now be put to rest as recent GQ award winner Sam Smith has been given the ultimate accolade  as the new singer of the Bond Theme Writing’s on the Wall for ‘Spectre‘.

 

The news arrived as the upcoming issue of  Classic Pop had gone to press. In it, we take a look at Bond themes across the years in our feature “The Classic Pop of… Bond” in which various stars give us their opinions on the ultimate Bond music – Holly Johnson, Mark Morriss and David Arnold are a just few of them…

 

As well as performing the lead, Sam Smith also co-wrote the title song with Jimmy Napes. He is the first British male solo artist to get the job since Tom Jones sang Thunderball in 1965.

 

It seems Smith can do no wrong, with his debut album In The Lonely Hour hitting the UK No. 1 spot and No. 2 in the US. The album has in it’s midst a total of five No.1 UK singles and Smith himself has bagged numerous awards: four GRAMMY Awards, three Brit Awards, six MOBO Awards, Q and AMA Awards. Impressive stuff.

 

“This is one of the highlights of my career,’ Smith said of the Bond job. “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 23 previous James Bond theme songs make up some of the most memorable movie music of all time.  The previous Bond theme song, “Skyfall,” was performed by Adele, and was honoured with the Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song, the Brit Award for British Single of the Year, and the Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media.

 

Spectre will be released in the UK on October 26 and in the US on November 6.  The song, released by Capitol Records, will debut and be available to purchase and stream on September 25.

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