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Is Ellie Goulding recording the next James Bond theme tune?

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Ellie Goulding has prompted speculation that she is recording the theme song for the new James Bond film Spectre with a series of cryptic social media posts. The Anything Could Happen singer tweeted the title of a previous James Bond song Live and Let Die on Thursday, leading many fans to question whether she was hinting at something.

"If this is James Bond related I love you even more," wrote one fan, while another tweeted: "Is this your subtle way of telling us you are recording the new James Bond theme tune?"

Ellie continued to fuel the rumours on Friday by sharing a photo of herself in the recording studio on Instagram.

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"Joe caught this moment where we got really excited so much so that I couldn't sing," she captioned the snap.

Her posts came just days after Sam Smith ruled himself out of the running for the honour and suggested that Ellie could be doing it instead.

"It's definitely not me. People seem to think I'm doing it but I have no idea what's going on," he told Capital Breakfast's Dave Berry and Lisa Snowdon. "I'm being deadly serious! I think I would know by now!

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"I heard Ellie Goulding was going to do it, I heard loads of different things but it's definitely not me," he added. "I'd love to do it, it would be a dream."

If Ellie is recording the theme tune, she will be following in the footsteps of Adele, who won an Oscar for her Bond theme song Skyfall in 2013. It would not the first big movie song that Ellie has performed; the 28-year-old's single Love Me Like You Do featured on the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack which was released in February.

As well as reaching number one in the charts, the single also broke records by becoming the most streamed song ever in one week.