The band recorded the theme song for 1985’s A View To A Kill, while Smith has recorded the theme for the upcoming movie Spectre.
Speaking to Gigwise at the Q Awards, Le Bon said: “I caught a little bit of [Smith’s song], it’s not my favourite – I prefer ours”.
He then added: “But he’s Sam Smith, he’s got a beautiful voice and I’m a big fan of him. I support him and what he stands for.”
When asked what it takes to record a classic Bond track, the singer replied: “I always think it needs something exciting, something surprising, something that shocks you a little bit. Whether it’s a chord change, a rhythmic shift or even a lyrical twist – a surprise is always a good thing.”
Le Bon also claimed that modern music has “become very diverse,” citing Tame Impala, FKA Twigs and Charli XCX as artists he’s excited about.
The video for Sam Smith’s Bond theme ‘Writing’s On The Wall’ can be seen below.
Spectre is being released in the UK and Ireland on the same day as its world premiere (October 26). It will then open in cinemas internationally on various later dates, with its US release scheduled for November 6.