Radiohead reveal they were asked to write ‘Spectre’ Bond theme and give away track for free – listen

“It didn't work out,” say the band of their unreleased version

Radiohead have revealed that they were previously asked to write the theme tune for 2015 James Bond film Spectre, and have subsequently given away the track for free – listen below.

The track, also titled ‘Spectre’, is available to download immediately.


Posting to his Twitter, frontman Thom Yorke unveiled the song this morning, stating “..As the year closes we thought you might like to hear it. Merry Christmas. May the force be with you…”

The band’s Soundcloud then revealed that Radiohead had previously been commissioned to write the song, stating “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.”

Previously, Radiohead had been tipped as the favourite to record the theme for the 2015 film after bookmakers received a £15,000 bet on the band. The official theme, however, was eventually revealed to be recorded by singer Sam Smith.

It is unconfirmed as to whether Radiohead’s ‘Spectre’ will play any part in the band’s forthcoming ninth album, the follow-up to 2011’s ‘The King Of Limbs’, however Radiohead have confirmed that they’ve been in the studio working on the record.

Speaking previously, guitarist Jonny Greenwood confirmed that “lots has been recorded” and that Radiohead hoped to tour the record in 2016.