The Radiohead Spectre Theme Tune That Could Have Been

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The James Bond franchise is an epic behemoth of popularity, and the soundtrack that accompanies the Bond movies tends to also get its fair share of limelight. So it was surprising to find out that Radiohead was asked to write a theme tune for the James Bond film, Spectre. Radiohead is well known for some of their hits like “Creep” and “Karma Police,” but penning a Bond theme tune would bring them to a whole new level. Unfortunately, the Radiohead effort didn’t make the final cut and the producers went with Sam Smith’s “Writing’s On The Wall.” Radiohead took to Soundcloud recently though, and revealed the work they put in for Spectre, and the song below is amazing. For comparison’s sake, Sam Smith’s official Spectre theme tune follows.

From the looks of it the band’s version wasn’t chosen because it seems the band liked it well enough to want to keep it in their control.

“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.”

While you can’t blame the artists for wanting to keep control of their creative property, it still would have been an epic theme tune for the franchise. Thanks though, Radiohead. Thanks for sharing such an awesome piece of art with all of us!

What do you think of Radiohead’s Spectre theme tune? Better than Sam Smith’s? Let us know in the comments below or on Google+, Facebook and Twitter.

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Last Updated on November 27, 2018.


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