Radiohead reveal rejected Spectre theme – listen


Radiohead have finally revealed the rejected Bond theme that they recorded for the latest James Bond instalment, Spectre.

The brooding, orchestral song, which is entitled ‘Spectre’, was uploaded onto Soundcloud last night as a Christmas treat for fans. The track is also available to download for free.

Lead singer, Thom Yorke took to Twitter to discuss the unveiling of the band’s recording: “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.”

The film, directed by Sam Mendes and starring Daniel Craig as Ian Fleming’s infamous spy, eventually received a theme tune courtesy of Sam Smith – who despite mixed reactions, became the first Bond artist to reach Number One with his theme ‘Writing’s on the Wall.

To see what could have been had Radiohead’s track been accepted by producers, watch the video below.


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