Sam Smith said that writing the next Bond theme song is “one of the highlights of [his] career”.
The British crooner, who played Electric Picnic’s main stage over the weekend, announced on Twitter that he penned the song Writings On The Wall for Spectre, the next instalment in the James Bond franchise.
Smith is the obvious choice for the project, following on from a long line of vocal powerhouses like Tina Turner, Gladys Knight, Shirley Bassey and of course, Adele.
He made the announcement on Twitter, saying, “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.
“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.”
— SAM SMITH (@samsmithworld) September 8, 2015
In an interview with BBC Radio One, Smith explained how he got the job.
“I got called into the office with [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’,” said Smith. “It’s the quickest I’ve ever written a song — it took 20 minutes… and they loved it!”
Writings on the Wall is the first James Bond theme song recorded by a British male solo artist since 1965.
Spectre, starring Daniel Craig, will be released on October 26.
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