After Sam Smith suggested over the weekend that he’d be singing the theme for the next James Bond film — Spectre, set to release in November — MGM and Eon Productions confirmed today that the artist will indeed get the primo singing (and writing assignment). The out Grammy Award winner follows in the footsteps of his fellow countryman Adele, whose “Skyfall” won her the Academy Award two years ago. Smith’s recording is titled “Writing’s on the Wall,” and will be released for stream and download Sept. 25.
With this, Smith becomes the first British male solo act to record a Bond theme since Tom Jones’ “Thunderball” in 1965. The Bond these song is considered a plum for a recording artist, as it always opens the film during an elaborate credit sequence that has becomes one of the franchise’s signatures. Previous songs include “Nobody Does It Better” by Carly Simon, “Live and Let Die” by Paul McCartney and Wings and Madonna’s “Die Another Day.”