Remember those U.K.-based bookies we keep hearing about? They were the ones placing bets on who the new James Bond would be after Daniel Craig, naming Homeland’s Damian Lewis as the frontrunner. Well, these folks are now doing the same with who will eventually come to perform the theme song for Spectre — or, at least, they were. Betting has now been closed because someone dropped an insanely large amount of money in favor of Radiohead.
THR says that a British bookie "suspended" its betting after an anonymous gambler dropped £15,000 (which translates to roughly $23,000) on Radiohead as the group that will record the next James Bond theme song. While only Sam Mendes knows at the moment who will sing the next Bond theme song, the bookies suggested that this type of action was enough to point to Radiohead as a new frontrunner even though the iconic rock outfit was a 10/1 shot before the bet landed. A spokesperson for the William Hill bookmakers said to the trade paper:
There seem to be all kinds of rumors and the plot has had more twists and turns than a classic Bond tale, but surely nobody risks £15,000 on a hunch."
Prior to this game-changing bet, pop superstars Sam Smith and Ellie Goulding were bandied about as the frontrunners, particularly after the latter posted an image of her leaving Abbey Road Studios with the text "That’s a wrap." This is the studio where Adele recorded her track for Sam Mendes’ Skyfall, so the picture set tongues wagging, of course:
Why do we care? Well, it’s just fun to speculate. When done right, the James Bond theme song can create a major wave on the pop-culture landscape, from Paul McCartney’s Live and Let Die to Duran Duran’s A View to a Kill. Adele’s track for Skyfall was stellar, but recent Bond songs have been forgettable. So whomever sings the Spectre theme song has an opportunity to grab some headlines, and if it’s Radiohead, it’s likely that the track will rock.
Spectre continues Daniel Craig's run as 007. It opens in theaters on November 6.