Radiohead were asked to write and record a theme for the new James Bond movie Spectre but the producer’s of the movie rejected it, instead going with Sam Smith.
Radiohead’s Thom Yorke revealed the story and the song via Twitter on Christmas Day telling fans,
“Last year we were asked to write a tune for 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”
Producers of the James Bond franchise have mostly played it safe over the years rarely thinking outside the box. When they have it has no always worked as was the case with Jack White and Alicia Keys ‘Another Way To Die’, Sheryl Crow ‘Tomorrow Never Dies’ and Garbage ‘The World Is Not Enough’.
The most successful contemporary Bond themes were Adele with the last movie ‘Skyfall’, Duran Duran ‘A View To A Kill’, Paul McCartney ‘Live and Let Die’ and Carly Simon ‘Nobody Does It Better’ after the more traditional 60s themes ‘Thunderball’ by Tom Jones, ‘Goldfinger’ by Shirley Bassey and ‘We Have All The Time In The World’ by Louis Armstrong.
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