“SPECTRE” Title Song Performer Announced!
There are a few obligatory questions that James Bond fans have each time the next film is announced: “What’s the title?” “Who are the villain and Bond Girls?” and “Who’s doing the song?” (We already know what it’s about: Bond being Bond.) On December 3 last year, the title of the film and its principal cast were announced. The teaser poster was released on March 17, with the teaser trailer following last Friday on March 26.
Left unanswered, though, is the matter of who is performing the title song. Early fan hopes were that Adele would return after her smash success on Skyfall. Tabloids favored up and coming Sam Smith. Instead, though, it has been revealed that the song for SPECTRE will be performed by none other than Sir Christopher Lee!
Lee, of course, has a longstanding relationship with James Bond. He is a distant cousin of Bond’s creator, Ian Fleming, who suggested Lee for the title role in Dr. No, the first Bond picture. That didn’t materialize, but in 1974, he would play the title role of The Man with the Golden Gun. Now, almost 41 years later, Lee will return to the Bond franchise to perform the title song for SPECTRE.
Sheena Easton was the first title song performer to appear on-screen in For Your Eyes Only, and in 2002, Madonna was the first title song performer to appear in a speaking role in Die Another Day. This will mark the first time that a performer will have already appeared in an acting role in the franchise.
In the last few years, Lee has recorded a few metal songs for Christmas. It is expected that this is the style he will bring to SPECTRE, making yet another first for the franchise. The single is expected to be released ahead of the film in mid-October. A limited edition vinyl single will also be released on Record Store Day’s second annual Black Friday event on November 27.
Lee explains his musical background in this YouTube video from last year:
How about it, Bond fans? Are you excited about the return of Christopher Lee to the franchise? What about the first ever metal Bond song?