Adele has reportedly been asked to sing the next James Bond theme song.

Bosses of the spy franchise are so impressed with the Oscar winning theme to 'Skyfall' - written and recorded by Adele with producer Paul Epworth - they want her to work on the next instalment when it goes into production.

A source told The Sun newspaper: ''Producers are thrilled by how well the song has been received and hope Adele's presence on the next film will replicate that success.

''They want her to become as synonymous with Bond as Dame Shirley [Bassey].''

huge voiced Welsh singer Shirley sang the themes to three James Bond films: 'Goldfinger' in 1964, 'Diamonds Are Forever' in 1972 and 1979's 'Moonraker', three of the most loved from the series' 50 year run. However, 'Skyfall' is the most awarded and successful Bond theme of all time, selling over three million copies worldwide.

Fans are also keen to hear new songs from the star - who's '21' album has sold over 25 million copies since release in January 2011 - but is waiting for inspiration to hit.

She said: ''They'll come when they're ready, and when I've got something to sing about.''

The 24-year-old singer - who had her first baby, Angelo, with partner Simon Konecki last October - has previously said she was planning to settle into family life before recording again.

She said in 2011: ''I'm just going to lay some concrete, set up home and just 'be' for a bit. There will be no new music until it's good enough and until I'm ready.''