Moneypenny on my mind: Sam Smith could record the next James Bond song

Smith would be the first male solo vocalist since Chris Cornell You Know My Name for the 2006 film Casino Royale

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Singer Sam Smith could be set to follow in the footsteps of Adele, Madonna and Tom Jones after it was reported that the singer was rumoured to be in negotiations to record the next James Bond theme song.

According to a report in The Sun, executives from MGM, have eyed Smith up as the next artist to provide the vocals for Bond 24, the latest addition to the Bond franchise, which will begin shooting in October.

An unnamed source at MGM told The Sun: “Sam is our top choice. He has the profile, cool image and astonishing voice to record a Bond theme.”

The source also said that they had turned to Smith after attempts to get Adele back to repeat the success of her Skyfall were unsuccessful.

She said: “There is only so long we can hold out for Adele. Daniel Craig was pushing for her because she did such a great job last time around.

Adding: “But from her perspective, how can she better what she did with Skyfall? She won an Oscar, Bafta, Golden Globe and had a global number one.”

If Smith did manage to negotiate a deal, he would become the first male soloist to provide vocals for a Bond song since former Soundgarden & Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell recorded You Know My Name for the 2006 Casino Royale.

It would be the culmination of a remarkable year for the 22-year-old Londoner.

Since appearing on Naughty Boy’s La La La in May 2013, he has seen his profile rise on both sides of the Atlantic with songs like Money on My Mind and Stay With Me taking his debut album In the Lonely Hour to the top of the UK charts and entering the Billboard to 200 at number 2.