After months of fevered assumptions about who will present the theme song for the latest James Bond installment, Spectre, Grammy-winning British torch singer Sam Smith left a provoking clue on his Instagram and Twitter feeds Monday.
Offered without comment, the black and white photograph is of a hand — most probably Smith’s — wearing a ring with a small, distinct octopus logo. As any 007 completist can tell you, the many feeler sea creature appears on insignia rings for members of the nefarious criminal organization SPECTRE — full name Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and
Extortion — dating back to the 1962 Bond film Dr. No. Moreover, the octopus has been a key part of the promo push for Spectre (due in theaters Nov. 6), emerging on a teaser poster for the Sam Mendes-directed film as far back as December.
In latest months, handicapping who would follow up Adele’s Oscar- and Golden Globe-winning single Skyfall (from 2012’s Bond epic of the similar name) became a most wanted parlor game for cineastes worldwide. Rumors centered on such singers as Ed Sheeran, Ellie Goulding, Lorde, and Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke. But as lately as July, British bookmakers had Smith as the theme-song frontrunner.
If the “Stay With Me” singer is certainly the man answerable for the new Bond theme, he will follow in an illustrious pantheon of pop musicians that includes Tom Jones, Shirley Bassey, Paul
McCartney, Duran Duran, Carly Simon and, more recently, Jack White and Alicia Keys whose songs back-dropped the films’ opening credits to become unforgettable cultural artifacts on their own values.