Sheeran: I'm too 'wet' for Bond
Ed Sheeran has joked his voice is too "wet" for the James Bond theme tune.
The Thinking Out Loud singer said he would love to record the track for the upcoming 24th 007 film, Spectre, but admitted his voice wouldn't be suitable.
"I am a Bond fan. But the theme tune would need to be ballsy and I feel like if I were to do it, it would be a bit wet," he quipped.
Ed was speaking backstage before the BBC Music Awards where he is nominated for best British artist and song of the year for Sing.
The 23-year-old has contributed a song to the second instalment of The Hobbit trilogy, The Desolation Of Smaug.
"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!"
Sam Smith is the bookmakers' favourite to land the top job, with Ed as second favourite. Other music stars in the running include Lana Del Rey, Rita Ora and One Direction.
Sam Mendes, who will be returning to direct Spectre, has already chosen the act to follow in Adele's Oscar winning Skyfall footsteps but is remaining yight-lipped about their identity.
After ruling himself out for the job, Ed tips Sam as perfect for the role.
"I think Sam Smith would be perfect suited up with his strong voice. I'm backing Sam," he said.
"Anyone from him to Paloma Faith who does the retro thing really f***ing well should do it.
"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."