Whenever it comes time for a new James Bond movie there are three universal questions that are always at the top of the list. Who’s playing the lead comes first, in case that’s changing. Next is who’s playing the new Bond Girl? And once you have those out of the way the question becomes, who’s doing the theme? We've heard Sam Smith's offering from Spectre, but now we can listen to the song Radiohead submitted for consideration.
Peforming the opening song for a James Bond is a fairly prestigious get. Some of the biggest acts of their respective days recorded the these tracks, which may or may not actually include the title. Today the producers actually go to multiple artists looking for songs, and then choose the one they like best. This means that there are unreleased songs that were written for various James Bond movies, but never appear on scren. Now, as a Christmas gift to fans, Radiohead has released the song for Spectre. Check it out
Called simply Spectre, the song is absolutely haunting and it’s something we can totally hear running over the opening credits of the movie. In the post on Soundcloud the band says that although having the song show up in the movie didn’t work out, they still love the track. We like it too. The majority of Bond theme’s have the same title as the film they are in, though there are a few exceptions. The eventual theme for Spectre, "Writing's On The Wall," became one of the exceptions.
The fact that the band recorded a song is not that surprising. Several months ago, when the official song was still unknown a U.K. man dropped £15,000 on a bet that Radiohead would be the band that recorded the film’s title track. Now it looks like somebody had some inside information that the band had been asked to write the tune. Unfortunately, he apparently wasn’t aware that the same had been asked of others artists as well. Eventually, it was announced that Sam Smith’s "Writing’s on the Wall" would be the official theme. You can check it out below and see how the two compare.
The two tracks aren’t without their similarities, which makes you wonder how much control the filmmakers have over the creation of the song. There may have been a particular type of song that they wanted as the opening theme, in order to evoke a particular mood at the beginning of the film and they may have guided the various artists in that direction.
Which theme do you like better? Let us know in the comments.
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CinemaBlend’s resident theme park junkie and amateur Disney historian, Dirk began writing for CinemaBlend as a freelancer in 2015 before joining the site full-time in 2018. He has previously held positions as a Staff Writer and Games Editor, but has more recently transformed his true passion into his job as the head of the site's Theme Park section. He has previously done freelance work for various gaming and technology sites. Prior to starting his second career as a writer he worked for 12 years in sales for various companies within the consumer electronics industry. He has a degree in political science from the University of California, Davis. Is an armchair Imagineer, Epcot Stan, Future Club 33 Member.