Ellie Goulding
Singer Ellie Goulding has dropped two major hints that she has recorded the James Bond theme song for Spectre Reuters/Cathal McNaughton

Where there is smoke, there is fire and pop star Ellie Goulding has added fuel to the flame that she is singing the new James Bond theme song for the upcoming Spectre.

In a photo shared on her Instagram page, the Burn hitmaker can be seen walking down the steps outside London's renowned Abbey Road Studios where the 007 soundtracks are often recorded.

Speculation suggests that producers will announce the identity of the theme song's performer at some point in August.

Coincidentally, Goulding revealed in the image caption that she has finished recording, writing: "That's a wrap," potentially just in time for the announcement.

Earlier in July, the Outside singer first hinted at the soundtrack when she simply tweeted "live and let die", which is the title of the 1973 Bond film.

Spurring on the rumours was Stay With Me crooner Sam Smith, who ruled himself off the list of theme song contenders but admitted he had heard tales of Goulding's involvement.

The Grammy-winner told radio station Capital FM: "People seem to think I'm doing it but I have no idea what's going on."

Listen Ellie Goulding's Fifty Shades Of Grey soundtrack song Love Me Like You Do:

"I'm being deadly serious. I think I would know by now. I heard Ellie Goulding was going to do it, it's definitely not me."

In December 2014, British singer Ed Sheeran also addressed speculation that he had been chosen for the yet-to-be-revealed song, claiming that his vocal abilities were not up to scratch for Bond.

The Thinking Out Loud singer told The Independent: "I am a James Bond fan but I think the theme tune should be ballsy and I feel like if I was going to do it, it would sound a bit wet.

"The Hobbit song ["I See Fire"] was perfect for me to do as it's folky and guitar-driven – a hairy short man should be singing that kind of song!"

He added: "I'd love to but I just wasn't born with the James Bond voice. You never know, I'm not ruling it out, maybe in ten years time when my balls drop."

Goulding, 28, is no stranger to recording soundtracks. In February 2015, her single Love Me Like You Do, which featured on the Fifty Shades Of Grey soundtrack, became the most streamed song in one week worldwide, clocking up 15,468,762.

Spectre, which stars Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Ralph Fiennes and Monica Bellucci, is set for release on 6 November 2015.