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Radiohead Share Their Unused James Bond Theme, “Spectre”

Sam Smith’s Song Was Used Instead

Dec 25, 2015 James Bond Bookmark and Share

Radiohead have shared a previously unreleased song, “Spectre,” which they recorded to be the potential theme to the latest James Bond film of the same name. Sam Smith’s song got picked instead, and while Radiohead’s song is a bit more downbeat than Smith’s, how the hell did the Bond producers turn down a Radiohead Bond theme? At the very least, couldn’t they have used it in the closing credits?

Of course they aren’t the only great artist to have their Bond song rejected; back in 1997 Sheryl Crow was chosen over Pulp’s submission for Tomorrow Never Dies and Jarvis Cocker’s band ended up slightly adjusting the song and releasing it as the B-Side “Tomorrow Never Lies.”

Radiohead’s Thom Yorke took to Twitter to set up their “Spectre.” Check out the tweets and song below (which can also be downloaded via the Soundcloud player).


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