The internet was abuzz yesterday when British singer Sam Smith posted a picture to his Instagram account of himself wearing a ring with a Spectre symbol on it, heavily suggesting that he’s singing the film’s theme song (after denying his involvement only a few weeks ago). Luckily the speculation didn’t have to last long, with confirmation today that the picture was indeed revealing the truth.
The song is called “Writing’s on the Wall,” which the world will finally be able to hear on September 25, so mark your calendars. This makes Sam Smith the first British male solo artist to sing a Bond theme since Tom Jones did in 1965 for Thunderball. Smith shared his excitement in a statement on his Instagram:
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.
Obviously a lot of weight comes with this iconic responsibility. With Adele winning the Oscar for Best Song for “Skyfall” in 2013, this could earn Smith one of his own (or at least a nomination). The Grammy winner does have a lot to live up to, however. Sure, he’s clearly talented and has won stuff, but with ‘Skyfall’ fitting so perfectly into the long line of epic Bond theme songs, his addition to the legacy better not disappoint.
You’ll be able to judge for yourselves when the song comes out at the end of the month. Spectre will hit US theaters on November 6.