Ellie Goulding knew ‘for ages’ that Sam Smith had recorded the new Bond theme

It was recently revealed that Smith would be singing 'Writing's On The Wall', the theme to 'Spectre'

Ellie Goulding has said she knew “for ages” that Sam Smith had recorded the theme song for new James Bond film, Spectre.

The identity of the artist for the new James Bond theme was the subject of much speculation, with Smith himself repeatedly denying he had recorded the track. At one point, Smith even suggested Goulding was behind the new song.

At the start of September, Smith announced the news on BBC Radio 1. ‘Writing’s On The Wall’ is released on September 25 and was recorded in January. Disclosure have confirmed that they worked on the track with Smith and songwriter Jimmy Napes.

Goulding was interviewed on Heart Radio this week and explained that it was Napes who told her Smith was behind the song.


“I knew a while ago. I’ve written with Jimmy Napes and he was not supposed to tell me but he did. He kind of let it drop because he is not good at lying. So I knew for ages!” she said.

“I decided to not acknowledge [the speculation], which I thought was OK considering I didn’t place the rumour in the first place.”

Asked how she responded to rumours she was behind the track, Goulding said, “I thought it would just go away – and then I innocently tweeted ‘Live And Let Die’, which I didn’t even know was a Bond song.”

Goulding then claimed that, although she wasn’t singing in the new film, she would enjoy playing a Bond girl.

“I think I’d be a good one, to be honest,” she said. “I can fight, I’m pretty fit, I’m pretty tough, and I can scrub up alright. I think, with that in mind, why not?”

Ellie Goulding announced details of a UK arena tour for March 2016.

The tour will see Goulding play arena gigs in Cardiff, Liverpool, Sheffield, Nottingham, Leeds, Newcastle, Glasgow and Manchester before the tour ends in Birmingham on March 21.

The dates will follow the release of Goulding’s new album, ‘Delirium’, in November. The album is the follow up to 2012’s ‘Halcyon’, with Goulding having worked with Max Martin, Greg Kurstin, One Republic’s Ryan Tedder, Klas Ahlund and Disclosure’s Guy Lawrence on the record.