Engelbert Humperdinck: I have a ‘dynamite’ song for the next James Bond film

Emma Powell

Engelbert Humperdinck has set his sights on recording a James Bond theme.

The veteran balladeer said he has a “dynamite” song that he believes would be perfect for the next 007 outing.

Speaking to the Standard he said: “My last record producer in England sent me this song called I Don’t Want to Call This Goodbye and it sounds very Bond-ish. I’m hoping that maybe they’ll take it and use it as a signature for one of the movies.

“If they did I’d love to re-record it and make it bigger. [It’s a] dynamite song.”

Stage presence: Engelbert Humperdinck performing on The Graham Norton Show in 2012 (PA)

But Humperdinck – who previously recorded Lesbian Seagull for the 1996 film Beavis and Butt-head Do America – may face competition from Paul Weller and Noel Gallagher who have been working on a track they believe would work for the as-of-yet untitled follow-up to 2015’s Spectre.

Humperdinck’s I Don’t Want to Call This Goodbye is one of two new tracks released in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the release of his 1967 single Release Me, which catapulted him to global stardom.

The singer, who was born Arnold Dorsey, said he was left “numb” by the success of the track which sold 120,000 copies a day at its peak and prevented the Beatles from scoring their 13th number one.

Recalling the huge feat, he said: “I couldn’t believe it because I’m a big fan of the Beatles. I’ve met Paul [McCartney] and Ringo [Starr] and none of them ever mentioned that it stopped their 13th number one. I think they were too gentlemanly to [call up and confront me].”

'Heartthrob': Engelbert Humperdinck in 1967, the year his career took off (PA)

Humperdinck, who has since scored a Guinness World Record, a Golden Globe, multiple Grammy nominations and thousands of adoring fans, said he still struggles to comprehend his level of fame – and even suffers with nerves.

He said: “There is no feeling like a live feeling when you walk on stage, but I’m a nervous person prior to walking on. I still can’t get used to the idea that it’s me going to entertain all those people out there.

“Even after 50 years I’m still a bit uneasy. You don’t know what to expect but once you get the reception and you know the audience are on your side and haven’t come to boo you then you’re OK.”

Humperdinck, who will play London's Theatre Royal in November, said he has no plans to retire and will continue performing until he can’t go on.

“I love what I do and my voice is as strong now as when I started,” he said. “I will keep performing until the good Lord pulls me.”

Engelbert Humperdinck: 50 and The Complete Decca Studio Albums are available from today.

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