Sam Smith wrote the new James Bond theme in just 20 minutes.
The 23-year-old singer was thrilled to be asked to write the official song for Spectre, the latest movie in the 007 franchise, and said keeping his involvement under wraps was a ”top secret mission of my own.”
Speaking to DJ Nick Grimshaw on BBC Radio 1 about the song, entitled ‘Writing’s On The Wall’, Sam said: ”I’m so relieved to actually talk about this, this has been a top secret mission of my own. I got called into the office with (producer) Barbara Broccoli and (director) Sam Mendes and they gave me the script, I read the script … they said, ‘Have a go at the song.’
”It’s the quickest I’ve ever written a song – it took 20 minutes – and they loved it. I love the song so much.”
Smith co-wrote the track with Grammy Award winner Jimmy Napes and is the first British male solo artist to record the Bond theme since Tom Jones’ ‘Thunderball’ in 1965.
In a statement announcing the song, Sam said: ”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.”
‘Writing’s On The Wall’ will be released on September 25 while Spectre hits theatres on November 6.