The name’s Smith. Sam Smith. The British singer of mega-hit “Stay With Me” is tipped to be crooning the title song for the new Bond movie, Spectre, after he posted an enigmatic photo on Instagram: his hand sporting a Spectre ring. There has been speculation for several weeks about who would be singing the Bond theme, with everyone’s name from Radiohead to Ed Sheeran to Lorde. The song was recorded in July and director Sam Mendes declared it “fantastic.”
Landing the job is a boon for Smith. The title songs to the Bond films are as important to the spy series as bespoke suits, martinis, and Aston Martins. But he has a tough act to follow. You’re probably still humming Adele’s catchy, classic “Skyfall” from three years ago (for which she took home an Oscar). Will the new Bond song be a classic like Shirley Bassey’s “Goldfinger“ or “Live and Let Die” by Wings? Or will it forgettable junk like Gladys Knight’s “License to Kill” or Madonna’s “Die Another Day”? The “Writing’s on The Wall” already — which also happens to be the name of the tune.