Thom Yorke Posts Rejected Radiohead ‘Spectre’ Theme Song (AUDIO)

Spectre James Bond
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James Bond fans weren’t universally approving of Sam Smith’s “Spectre” theme song, with many feeling the dramatic ballad wasn’t up to the standard set by previous songs by the likes of Adele and Paul McCartney.

So Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke gave fans a Christmas present when he posted the song “Spectre” that was originally commissioned for the film, giving a taste of what might have been.

“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,” Yorke wrote. “As the year closes we thought you might like to hear it. Merry Christmas. May the force be with you ….”

The song retains Radiohead’s signature moody sound, with a somber sweeping grandeur that might have fit well into the Bond song canon.


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    1. Shammers! !! says:

      it would have been great

    2. Radiohead is sleep inducing. Other than the South Park “Scott Tenorman Must Die” episode nobody gives a shit about this band. Sure, Sam Smith’s SPECTRE theme song is among the worst Bond tunes ever. Radiohead’s would have been rock bottom.

    3. Snoozefest says:

      Wise move to not use this track. The audience would be comatose asleep during the opening credits.

    4. John Miller says:

      Wow! Is it really that tough to come up with a James Bond song? For Smith and Radiohead, the answer is: Yes. Very! :-P

    5. Dune says:

      I think “Snake Eater” song from the game MGS is still better than the RadioHead’s Spectre and Sam Smith’s. Sounds like a James Bond theme.

    6. James Katt says:

      Radiohead’s song is WAY TO BORING. No sexy. No drama. I am bored out of my mind listening to this. Sorry but Sam Smith wins this one.

    7. Occultology says:

      As Ratso Rizzo once said, “No waaaay, NO WAAAAYYY – YY – !!!”

    8. KWK says:

      This dirge by Radiohead, along w/ Sam Smith’s whiny opus, kinda makes one long for the days of John Barry.

    9. MightyMad says:

      Frankly, neither this track or “Writing On the Wall” are true Bond themes.
      Radiohead’s is better, but still all wrong for this movie.

    10. says:

      A cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE.

    11. niloofar22 says:

      He’s proud that he wrote it in 20 minutes, Skyfall & You know my name are the theme song in recent history

    12. LOL says:

      Sam Smith makes music for people who don’t like music.

    13. LOL says:

      Better than the Sam Smith crapola.

    14. Brenda G. says:

      Sam Smith’s song is rubbish, one of the worst theme song’s ever right behind Prince’s “Batman” drivel.

      • Slave says:

        The only drivel is your taste in music. You don’t deserve the genius that is Prince. His Batman soundtrack is a masterpiece.

    15. Bill B. says:

      Writing’s On the Wall is pretty weak, but this is a total bore.

      • Rudy Mario says:

        I still prefer Writing on the wall.

        • John says:

          I happen to like it because, first last and always, the theme song must reflect two avenues, the movie itself and the character. Case in point. In this new cycle of Bond movies starring Daniel Craig, the opening scenes are the Monty Norman James Bond theme yet they are a bit off, somewhat askew of the usual 007 music and the listener realizes he does not have his license to kill and thus has not earned the full Bond theme song. But, at movies end, when the says, “My name is Bond, James Bond.” and kills the girl man that was Viper’s former lover, you know he has earned it. And the movie closes with the full version of the Bond theme as we know and love it.

          And so here, in Spectre true to that man, that theme, the weariness of the world chase for the bad guy, as for the best within himself of being, Bond, James Bond.

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