A day before the official reveal of who would perform the theme from the upcoming James Bond film Spectre, Sam Smith possibly let slip the big secret. On Monday, the In the Lonely Hour singer strongly hinted that he would sing the latest Bond theme when he tweeted a black-and-white image of his hand wearing a ring with SPECTRE’s seven-legged emblem on it; the same ring features prominently in the film’s trailer.
In July, Smith flatly denied that he had recorded the Spectre track, telling Capital FM (via BBC), “People seem to think I’m doing it but I have no idea what’s going on. I’m being deadly serious. I think I would know by now. I heard Ellie Goulding was going to do it.” (Goulding was previously seen exiting Abbey Road Studios, where the theme is usually recorded.) That same month, director Sam Mendes announced that the Spectre theme had already been completed. “I can say that the song’s been recorded and it’s fantastic and I’m very excited about it,” Mendes said at the time. “You won’t have to wait long.”
Smith was the heavy favorite to record the Spectre theme when British bookmakers opened up betting, with Smith given 2/1 odds over Ellie Goulding, Lana Del Rey and Adele, who won an Oscar for her Bond theme “Skyfall.” However, betting was suspended after a huge influx of wagers positioned Radiohead as a 6/4 favorite, thanks in part to one bettor’s five-figure gamble on the Kid A crew, NME reported in July.
Like Adele before him, Smith was also selected to perform the 007 theme after winning Best New Artist, Song of the Year and Record of the Year at the Grammys. Smith will join Adele, Jack White and Alicia Keys, Chris Cornell, Madonna, Garbage, Sheryl Crow and Tina Turner in the club of Bond theme singers over the past two decades.
A rep for Smith did not respond to Rolling Stone‘s request for confirmation.
Spectre will arrive in U.S. theaters on November 6th, but the theme is expected to be released well before that: HitFix reports that the track could arrive Tuesday, when pre-sale tickets go on sale.