Sam Smith Not Currently Recording James Bond Theme Song—but He's Open to the Idea!

Singer also revealed his favorite 007 ballad

By Alyssa Toomey Aug 14, 2014 7:26 PMTags
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A 007 theme song sung by the wildly talented Sam Smith?! Now that's an idea we can fully support.

So you can imagine our sadness upon discovering that the talented musician will not be following in Adele's footsteps, as there's no truth to the rumor, according to the "Stay With Me" singer himself.

"No, I have no idea what that was about and I know as much as you do. You probably know more than me; I didn't even read the article," the 22-year-old Brit told NME when asked about a report in The Sun which quoted an MGM source as supposedly saying that Smith is the "top choice" to record the next James Bond theme song.

Despite the false rumors, the "Latch" singer said he would be open to the idea if he was asked.

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"I think it's something everyone would love to do," he said before adding, "But yeah, it was all news to me. I won't say any more on it."

As for the singer's favorite 007 ballad?

"My favorite Bond theme was Jack White and Alicia Keys," he revealed, referring to the duo's collaboration on the tune "Another Way to Die" for the 2008 film Quantum of Solace. "I love that; I thought it was amazing. Her voice and his voice together, I thought, was really interesting."

The forthcoming Sam Mendes-directed flick, which currently has a working title of Bond 24, has yet to begin filming and will see Daniel Craig reprise his role as the handsome MI6 intelligence agent.


The last 007 film, Skyfall, won the Academy Award for Best Original song in 2013, marking the first time in over 30 years that a James Bond tune has earned an Oscar.

Singer Adele was even shocked by the impressive accolade after already picking up a Golden Globe—and later a Grammy—for the dramatic single that same year.

And while Smith currently has no affiliation with the James Bond franchise, we think his angelic voice would be perfect for the flick's next feature tune.

The last British male solo singer to record a 007 theme was Tom Jones, who released the single "Thunderball" in 1965 (though bands like Paul McCartney & Wings had a hit with 1973's "Live and Let Die" and Duran Duran did 1985's "A View to a Kill").

Would you like to see Smith record a James Bond theme song? Tell us in the comments!

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