Radiohead were asked to write Bond theme


Listen to Radiohead’s Bond theme. Image by Michell Zappa – Creative Commons

Band reveal that Sam Smith’s ‘Writing’s On The Wall might not have been the song used as Spectre’s theme tune

You received an early Christmas present with The Beatles’ back catalogue being made available to stream and Radiohead returned the favour on the day, as they revealed that they had been asked to write the theme tune for Spectre and then made it available to their fans.

The announcement came on Twitter with the bands frontman Thom Yorke writing: “..As the year closes we thought you might like to hear it. Merry Christmas. May the force be with you…”

The song, entitled Spectre, was then posted to the bands Soundcloud With the message: “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.”

You can hear Spectre below:

Sam Smith’s Writing’s On The Wall was the song eventually chosen as the theme tune for Spectre and it went on to become the first James Bond theme to reach No 1 in the UK.

It’s yet to be revealed whether Spectre will be included on Radiohead’s ninth studio album, for which guitarist Johnny Greenwood said earlier this year that “lots has been recorded.” The album is expected to be out in 2016.

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