Ever since "Dr. No" was released in 1962, the theme song for each James Bond movie has become just as famous as the girls, the gadgets and the villains. After months of speculation on who would sing the theme for "Spectre," it has been announced that the new Bond theme will be performed by British recording artist Sam Smith.
The announcement that Smith would sing the theme was made on 007.com. The song, written by Smith and Grammy winner Jimmy Napes, will be called "Writing's On The Wall." It will be the first Bond theme song recorded by a British male solo artist since 1965.
The official James Bond Twitter account tweeted out the announcement early Tuesday. The post can be seen below:
— James Bond (@007) September 8, 2015
In a statement to the official Bond site, "Spectre" producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli had high praise for the song. "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," they dished.
"Writing's On The Wall" will be available to purchase and stream on Sept. 25. Smith, 23, told 007.com he's honored to perform the song and considers it one of the highlights of his career.
"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,” he said.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Smith has been a favorite to perform the theme after Adele performed "Skyfall" for the last Bond film in 2012. Smith denied the rumors and suggested Ellie Goulding would be a great person to do it. The band Radiohead was also rumored to a contender to perform the song in July after U.K. bookmakers suspended betting after an anonymous customer asked to put a £15,000 (approximately $23,000 USD) wager on the band.
Each Bond theme can usually be heard in the opening credits of each film. Each opening sequence is usually beautifully made with all sorts of visual effects and animation, just like what was done in the opening sequence of the last Bond film, "Skyfall."
The opening credit sequence of "Skyfall" can be seen below:
"Spectre" will focus on a cryptic message from James Bond's (Daniel Craig) past, which leads him to look into a secret evil organization and learn the truth of SPECTRE. Meanwhile, M (Ralph Fiennes) tries to keep the secret service afloat. The film will also star Christoph Waltz as villain Franz Oberhauser. Former WWE Superstar and recent “Guardians of the Galaxy” star Dave Bautista will play Mr. Hinx.
James Bond "Spectre" is expected to be released in theaters on Nov. 6.