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Sam Smith in talks to record next James Bond theme song

Sam Smith performs at 'The Elvis Duran Z100 Morning Show' at Z100 Studio on June 17, 2014 in New York City.
Sam Smith performs at 'The Elvis Duran Z100 Morning Show' at Z100 Studio on June 17, 2014 in New York City.
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British singer and rising star Sam Smith has already drawn comparisons to Adele. Now the “Stay with Me” singer will draw even more comparisons according to a NME report on Friday, as Smith is in talks to record the theme song for the next James Bond film starring Daniel Craig. If reports are true, Smith would not only follow the footsteps of Adele, but he would also join Madonna and Tom Jones as singers who have recorded theme songs for the James Bond movie franchise.

NME reported that executives from MGM have been eyeing the soulful singer to provide the vocals for latest installment to the Bond franchise, which is set to begin shooting in October. Smith’s name came up after Adele apparently declined to do another song since she recently recorded the theme song for “Skyfall.” An unnamed source at MGM told NME, “Sam is our top choice. He has the profile, cool image and astonishing voice to record a Bond theme.”

Smith is also a very hot topic right now and would bring even more attention to the film, in the same fashion as Adele. The source did admit that Craig was pushing for Adele because she did such an amazing job for “Skyfall”, but after many unsuccessful attempts, had to turn their attention to someone new and someone who would do just as good of a job.

The 22-year-old singer would become the first male solo artist to provide vocals for a Bond song since former Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell recorded “You Know My Name” for the 2006 release of “Casino Royale”. If Smith and MGM come to an agreement, it would also be another highlight in an already very successful year for the soulful singer. His debut album In the Lonely Hour continues to be near the top of the Billboard 200 charts.