Sam Smith says he’s ‘definitely not’ singing the new Bond theme

'Spectre' opens in the UK and Ireland on October 26, with Radiohead and Ellie Goulding also rumoured for the theme song

Sam Smith has again denied rumours that has contributed the theme song for upcoming James Bond film, Spectre.

Spectre is the 24th Bond film and opens in the UK and Ireland on October 26, the same day as its world premiere.

Smith recently distanced himself from ongoing speculation that he would be performing the theme, saying he had heard Ellie Goulding was recording the song.

Now, the singer has told BBC Radio 2’s Jo Whiley that he’s “definitely not” working on the project. “That’s not me. That’s definitely not me,” he said.

Smith continued, “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.”

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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!!”