The music maestro scored five Bond movies, working with stars including Sheryl Crow, Garbage, Madonna and Chris Cornell, as well as Alicia Keys and Jack White.

As speculation over who has been chosen to record the theme song for the next 007 movie Spectre, Arnold has spoken out about the difficult task of picking an artist and revealed he rejected some of the world's most famous stars who all wanted the coveted job.

He tells Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper, "Every time we do (a new film), you get asked by some of the biggest artists in the world (if they can work on the theme). It's frankly embarrassing to be saying to some of these people, 'I'm sorry, you're not right.' They may be enthusiastic, brilliant and selling hundreds of millions of records, but I look at it like casting a movie: who can exist alongside this film and feel like they are part of the fabric of it?"

The current favourites to perform the Spectre song include British pop star Ellie Goulding and rockers Radiohead.