December 25, 2015


Radiohead Just Shared an Unused James Bond Theme: Hear 'Spectre'

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David Wolff-Patrick/Redferns via Getty Images

Merry Christmas, Radiohead fans and/or James Bond fans! The alt-rock giants came out of hiding on Friday morning (Dec. 25) to share “Spectre,” an unused theme song for the latest Bond film, on Soundcloud.

The band writes:

Last year we were asked to write a theme tune for the Bond movie Spectre.
Yes we were. It didn't work out, but became something of our own, which we love very much.
As the year closes we thought you might like to hear it.
Merry Christmas. May the force be with you.

Spectre, released in November, ended up using Sam Smith’s “The Writing’s On the Wall” as its theme. Lana Del Rey was another artist hoping to be inducted into the Bond theme song hall of fame, but who similarly never got the chance.

Radiohead has been working on the follow-up to 2011’s The King of Limbs. Judging by “Spectre,” it’s going to be Good… Very Good.