Sam Smith to sing next James Bond song

British soul singer Sam Smith said he would sing the theme song for the next James Bond film, Spectre.
British soul singer Sam Smith said he would sing the theme song for the next James Bond film, Spectre. PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (AFP) - British soul singer Sam Smith on Tuesday said he would sing the theme song for the next James Bond film, Spectre, following in the footsteps of top artists selected for the prestigious spot.

Title songs for the popular British spy films typically open the movie against a backdrop of flashu graphics and sultry silhouettes, and usually guarantee the artist major airplay.

Spectre, the next instalment in the Bond franchise, stars Daniel Craig and is due to be released on Oct 26 in Britain and Ireland before being rolled out elsewhere.

"This is one of the highlights of my career. I am honoured to finally announce that I will be singing the next Bond theme song," Smith posted on Instagram.

"I am so excited to be a part of this iconic British legacy and join an incredible line up of some of my biggest musical inspirations."

Smith, who until a few years ago was a bartender in London, amassed a global fan base with his soulful ballad about a one-night stand, Stay With Me. He was the big winner at the latest Grammy Awards, taking home three of the four most prestigious prizes.

Other artists who have provided vocals for Bond title tracks include Shirley Bassey, Paul McCartney & Wings, Lulu, Carly Simon and Adele.