Sam Smith has been confirmed to perform the new James Bond theme song after months of speculation. While the Stay With Me singer had previously ruled himself out of the running to perform the Spectre theme song, he made the announcement on Tuesday, saying he was "honoured" to have co-written and recorded the title song Writing's On The Wall with fellow Grammy-award winner Jimmy Napes.
"This is one of the highlights of my career," Sam said. "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 said he was honoured to have recorded the James Bond theme song
Sam is the first British male solo artist to record the James Bond theme song since 1965. His track will debut and be available to purchase and stream on 25 September, and he is already tipped by bookies to top the charts with William Hill offering odds of 6/1 that he will be the Christmas number one.
The singer all but confirmed the news with an Instagram post on Monday afternoon, showing off a new piece of jewellery on his hand – a ring engraved with the Spectre octopus logo.
Sam's hint came just days after he once again ruled himself out of the running during an interview on BBC Radio 2.
Sam hinted at the news on Monday with his Spectre engraved ring
"That's not me. That's definitely not me. I've still got loads to do, I've got an Australia tour, but I kind of finish in December which is great, it gives me a chance to be in London, be in my home and go out with my friends," he said.
The Grammy-award winning singer previously tipped Ellie Goulding for the track in July, telling Capital Breakfast's Dave Berry and Lisa Snowdon: "It's definitely not me. 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, I heard lots of different things but it's definitely not me," he added. "I'd love to do it, it would be a dream."