Hours after Sam Smith not-so-subtly hinted that he recorded the theme for the upcoming James Bond film Spectre, the singer confirmed that he will perform the latest 007 opening credits song. Titled “Writing’s on the Wall,” the song was co-written by Smith and his “Stay With Me” collaborator Jimmy Napes, with Disclosure also tweeting that they provided “additional production” on the track.
“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 lineup of some of my biggest musical inspirations,” Smith tweeted Tuesday morning. “I hope you all enjoy the song as much as I enjoyed making it.”
Smith, who adamantly denied recording the Spectre song in July, also posted a pre-order link to purchase his Bond theme as a CD or vinyl single. Both formats are backed by an instrumental version of the track. “Writing’s on the Wall” is set to debut on September 25th.
“Sam and Jimmy have written the most inspirational song for Spectre and with Sam’s extraordinary vocal performance, ‘Writing’s on the Wall’ will surely be considered one of the greatest Bond songs of all time,” Spectre producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli said in a statement.
On Monday, Smith all-but-confirmed he was the newest Bond theme singer when he tweeted a black-and-white photo of his hand donning a ring with the infamous SPECTRE emblem, a logo that dates back to 1962’s Dr. No. It’s been almost as long since a solo British male artist has performed the Bond theme, dating back to Tom Jones’ title song for 1965’s Thunderball. Chris Cornell was the last male solo artist to record a Bond theme, performing “You Know My Name” for 2006’s Casino Royale.