Radiohead share their previously unreleased theme song for Bond film “Spectre”

Imagine that tentacle-heavy opening title for Spectre but with Sam Smith’s painfully average theme song replaced by a stirring, orchestral Radiohead original. Better, right? Thankfully, Thom Yorke was in the festive spirit this year, gifting us the band’s previously unreleased song, “Spectre”, which they had penned for this year’s blockbuster Bond only to be benched for Smith’s silky tone.

Yorke released the Soundcloud stream of “Spectre” via his Twitter account, announcing it with a series of tweets reading:

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.

Listen to the song below. It is infinitely better than “Writing’s on the Wall”.


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Chris Singh

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