Sam Smith remains bookmaker’s favourite as James Bond director confirms new theme is recorded

Sam Mendes confirms that singer of "fantastic" theme will be revealed shortly

James Bond director Sam Mendes has revealed that the theme for new film Spectre has been written and recorded with the artist’s identity to be revealed soon.

Speaking in an interview with BBC News, Mendes confirmed that the song is ready to go ahead of the film’s October release date.

“I can say that the song’s been recorded and it’s fantastic and I’m very excited about it,” he said. “You won’t have to wait long.”

Bookmakers William Hill have closed betting on the identity of the artist following a number of big money bets on Sam Smith last week. Smith himself recently distanced himself from the speculation, saying he had heard Ellie Goulding was recording the song.


William Hill’s odds prior to closing bets were as follows:

Sam Smith (2/5)
Ed Sheeran (8/1)
Ellie Goulding (10/1)
Adele (12/1)
Lana Del Rey (14/1)
Lorde (16/1)
Noel Gallagher (25/1)
Coldplay (33/1)
One Direction (40/1)

The last British male solo singer to record a Bond theme was Tom Jones with ‘Thunderball’ in 1965, though Wings’ ‘Live And Let Die’ and Duran Duran’s ‘A View To A Kill’ featured Paul McCartney and Simon Le Bon respectively.

Chris Cornell sang 2006’s theme ‘You Know My Name’ for Craig’s first Bond film Casino Royale, while Jack White duetted with Alicia Keys on 2008’s ‘Another Way To Die’ for Quantum Of Solace. Adele sang the theme for the last Bond movie Skyfall.

The new Bond film will star Daniel Craig in his fourth outing as 007. The other confirmed cast are Ralph Fiennes as M, Ben Whishaw as Q, Naomie Harris as Miss Moneypenny and Rory Kinnear as MI6 chief of staff Bill Tanner.

The 24th Bond film will be released in British and Irish cinemas on the evening of Monday, October 26 at the same time as its world premiere takes place in central London. It will then open in cinemas internationally on various later dates, with its US release scheduled for November 6.