Daniel Craig wants Ed Sheeran to do the Bond 25 theme song
Bond themes are a useful barometer of both the time they landed in and the general direction of the Bond franchise at that point too.
Madonna's 'Die Another Day' was a wheezing death spasm, Chris Cornell's 'You Know My Name' from Casino Royale sounded like a gritty reboot and Adele's 'Skyfall' was a super-classy, super-traditional return to the series' roots.
According to one insider, though, Bond 25's theme could come from another man who, like Bond, cannot stop and will not stop until he's infiltrated every British institution he possibly can - Ed Sheeran.
"Daniel was introduced to Ed’s music by his daughter Ella," said someone referred to only as "a Bond source" to the Daily Mirror. "She loves Ed, and Daniel now really likes his stuff too and wants Ed for the theme tune."
Obviously this is far from a done deal, but depending on which mode Sheeran decides to hit with it - the winsome troubadour, or the most accomplished lover in Suffolk - it could signal an affirmation of the drama-laden belting of Adele and Sam Smith's songs, or possibly the first theoretically danceable Bond song since David Morales did a banging job with the 'Goldeneye' club mix.
"There was talk of Adele doing it again as her song was such a major hit, but Ed is under serious consideration," the source went on.
"Daniel is not just the lead actor on the movie but also one of the producers, so he has huge sway over every aspect.
"The sticking point is that Ed translates more to a younger generation, while Adele was more across all ages – so there are other artists they’re also looking at."
The question of which generation Jack White and Alicia Keys' duet was supposed to connect with hung in the air without an answer, but it turns out that Sheeran has had a Bond theme on the back burner for a few years. He told the Late Late Show in 2017 that he'd had it "for about three years" but demurred when asked to give any more detail about it.
"I'm not going to say because someone might steal it," he said, "but it's good."
That might sound a bit no-you-can't-meet-my-Bond-theme-she-goes-to-another-school-yes-she-is-definitely-real, but given Sheeran's prodigious output over the last seven years he's probably got a sheaf of possible Bond themes in his shed, filed away alongside his World Cup singles, his Christmas number one demos, a pile of heavily scribbled-out attempts to write a new all-purpose birthday song and a secured box marked: 'IN CASE OF TRAGIC ROYAL DEATH BREAK GLASS'.