The name’s Sheeran, Ed Sheeran.
Yes, rumours have been swirling for months now that the UK’s biggest star – who concluded his record-breaking ÷ Tour in his hometown Ipswich on Monday – will be singing the theme for the next James Bond movie, No Time To Die.
It would be the latest accolade for the star, who has just smashed the all-time touring records for both attendance and concert grosses to follow the remarkable sales performance of ÷ (Asylum/Atlantic). It would also see Sheeran following in the footsteps of the likes of Adele and Sam Smith as the singer of the most prestigious theme in the biz.
So, will he be sync licensed to kill? Music Week quizzed Sheeran’s manager Stuart Camp – who stars on the cover of this week’s print edition of Music Week – to find out.
“We met [Bond producer] Barbara Broccoli when we played Dublin [in 2017] and they were interested,” the Grumpy Old Management founder told Music Week. “Danny Boyle was attached to the film after that, who made Yesterday [which featured Sheeran], so there was a close connection there. Obviously they changed directors but we’re still open to it, but they’re not even having those conversations yet.”
Should Broccoli and co return, however, it seems likely that Sheeran would be stirred, not shaken.
“Ed asks me [about it] every day,” said Camp. “And I say, ‘The thing they do last is the music’. Those [stories] that said he’s Daniel Craig’s favourite act and it’s all happening aren’t true. It’s certainly something he’d want to do though, it’s a box that’s still to be ticked, for sure.”
Meanwhile, Camp said Sheeran would also be up for being a Moonraker, should the opportunity to play a gig in space arrive.
“That’s already been suggested,” Camp chuckled. “Someone was coming to us but I think Lady Gaga’s already confirmed to be the first person to do a performance up there…”
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