James Bond Spectre Theme to Be Sung by Sam Smith

"No, Mr Smith, I Expect You To Sing"

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The singer of the new James Bond theme has been revealed as British star Sam Smith. The Grammy Award-winning artist had been rumoured to be voice behind the theme to the forthcoming Spectre for some time, but now Smith has confirmed the news.

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The song is called "The Writing's on the Wall," and will be available from September 25. On September 7, Smith dropped a heavy hint when he posted an image of a ring featuring the distinctive Spectre logo, and today spoke about his involvement with the latest 007 adventure.

"This is one of the highlights of my career. I am honoured to finally announce that I will be singing the next Bond theme song," Smith posted on Instagram.

"I am so excited to be a part of this iconic British legacy and join an incredible lineup of some of my biggest musical inspirations. I hope you all enjoy the song as much as I enjoyed making it."

In an interview with BBC Radio One presenter Nick Grimshaw, Smith explained that the track, written with regular musical partner Jimmy Napes, had been recorded way back in January. "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'm so relieved to actually talk about this, this has been a top secret mission of my own," he said.

The 23-year-old will be the first British male solo artist to record a Bond song since Tom Jones sang the theme to Thunderball way back in 1965. To date, Smith has sold more than eight million albums worldwide.

Spectre is directed by Sam Mendes and stars Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Lea Seydoux, Ben Whishaw and Monica Bellucci. It arrives in cinemas on November 6, 2015.

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