Sam Smith drops hint that he’s singing the new Bond theme

Singer had previously denied he was involved in the 'Spectre' soundtrack

Sam Smith has hinted that he may sing the theme song for the upcoming James Bond film Spectre.

The singer shared a new photograph of his hand sporting a ring on his Instagram account. Keen 007 fans will have spotted that, although Smith did not include a caption or any further information with the image, the ring in question is decorated with the symbol for famous evil Bond organisation SPECTRE (Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion).

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Smith has previously – and repeatedly – denied that he will be involved with singing the theme for Spectre, which will be the 24th Bond film and is out on October 26. Last week, the singer told BBC Radio 2’s Jo Whiley that he was “definitely not” working on the project. “That’s not me. That’s definitely not me,” he said. “I’ve still got loads to do, I’ve got an Australia tour, but I kind of finish in December which is great, it gives me a chance to be in London, be in my home and go out with my friends.”

Radiohead recently become the surprise bookies’ favourites to record the theme following an anonymous £15,000 bet being placed on the likelihood of them performing the track.

Idris Elba has also responded to Bond author Anthony Horowitz’s recent comments claiming he is “too street” to play the iconic secret agent.

The Luther actor has repeatedly been tipped to succeed Daniel Craig as 007, but Horowitz, who has written latest Bond novel Trigger Mortis, commissioned by the estate of Bond’s creator Ian Fleming, insisted that he is not well-suited to the part.

“For me, Idris Elba is a bit too rough to play the part,” Horowitz said in a recent interview. “It’s not a colour issue. I think he is probably a bit too ‘street’ for Bond. Is it a question of being suave? Yeah.”

Horowitz has since apologised to Elba, writing: “Clumsily, I chose the word ‘street’ as Elba’s gritty portrayal of DCI John Luther was in my mind, but I admit it was a poor choice of word. I am mortified to have caused offence.”

Elba has now shared his thoughts on Horowitz’s comments on Instagram, posting a screenshot of one of the many “too street” headlines with the caption: “Always Keep Smiling!! It takes no energy and never hurts! Learned that from the street!!”