Ed Sheeran: ‘I’ll do the James Bond theme when my balls drop’

The artist suggested Sam Smith would be a better option for 'Spectre' producers

Ed Sheeran has joked that he’ll only consider recording a James Bond theme song when his “balls drop”.

Speaking at the inaugural BBC Music Awards in London earlier this evening (December 11), the singer-songwriter said his voice wasn’t powerful enough to perform the iconic theme. “I’d love to do a James Bond song, but can you imagine it? I just wasn’t born with the James Bond voice,” he said. “You never know – I’m not ruling it out. Maybe in 10 years time, when my balls drop…”. The 24th Bond movie, Spectre, is currently in production.

Sheeran went on to say that he thought Sam Smith would be more suited to recording the next Bond theme. “Anyone from Sam to Paloma Faith – anyone who does the retro thing really, really fucking well should do it.” He continued, commenting that his own Bond song would be a bit ‘wet’ saying: “I think the James Bond theme tune should be ballsy. I feel like if I was going to do it, it would sound a bit wet. The Hobbit song was perfect for me to do, because it’s quite folky and rootsy. A hairy short man should be singing a song about that!” Ed Sheeran wrote and performed ‘I See Fire’ from 2013’s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.


Ed Sheeran released his second studio album ‘X’ in June, reaching Number One in the Official UK Album Chart. He will play three huge shows at Wembley Stadium next summer.

Ed Sheeran will play:

London, Wembley Stadium (July 10-12)

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