Sam Smith Records James Bond ‘Spectre’ Theme

Sam Smith Spectre "The Writing's On The Wall 2015

In a statement released this morning, Sam Smith stated, “This is one of the highlights of my career. I am honored 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.”

Smith co-wrote the song with his fellow Grammy winner Jimmy Napes. He will be the first British male solo artist to perform a Bond theme song since 1965 whenTom Jones performed the theme from Thunderball.

In the press release from Sony, producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli said: “Sam and Jimmy have written the most inspirational song for Spectre and with Sam’s extraordinary vocal performance, ‘Writing’s On The Wall’ will surely be considered one of the greatest Bond songs of all time.”

Capitol Records will release “Writing’s On The Wall” on Sept. 25. Spectre, the 24th film in the James Bond franchise, will be released Oct. 26 in the U.K. and Nov. 6 in the U.S.

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This Day in Music History — October 5

1979 : ABBA visits the White House while on tour for the first and only time in America. They meet President Carter’s daughter Amy, who is a big fan.

1997 : Garth Brooks fans snap up more than 139,000 tickets in less than four hours, selling out eight shows at Chicago’s Rosemont Horizon.

2002 : Kelly Clarkson’s “A Moment Like This” goes from #52 to #1 on the Hot 100, breaking the record for biggest leap to the top spot. The previous record was held by The Beatles, whose “Can’t Buy Me Love” went from #27 to #1. Maroon 5 beat Clarkson’s record in 2007 when “It Makes Me Wonder” rose to the top spot from #64.

2012 : Adele posts her new theme to Skyfall, the 23rd film in the James Bond series, at 0:07 AM BST. The theme song, written by Adele and her songwriting partner Paul Epworth, featured a 77-piece backing orchestra. In an informal Billboard poll, 69% of responses voted it the best theme to a Bond film ever.