Radiohead’s Alternate “SPECTRE” Theme Online

The quality of the theme songs for Daniel Craig’s run of the Bond films has pretty much matched the films themselves – Chris Cornell’s “You Know My Name” and Adele’s “Skyfall” are both excellent themes, and the sonic stillbirth that was Jack White and Alicia Keys’ “Another Way To Die” is best left to the incinerators of history.

Sam Smith’s “Writing’s on the Wall” was immediately dismissed at the outset, but it actually grows on you. It never reaches the two previous triumphs, though ultimately it is a fine song if a strange one for a Bond theme. Well it turns out Smith wasn’t the only artist commissioned to do a Bond theme.

Radiohead, Lana Del Rey and Ellie Goulding were all previously linked at one point or another as possibilties, and it turns out Radiohead did in fact write and record a tune that wasn’t actually used. Now, the band has used their Soundcloud page to release the track for free and already the debates about its quality have begun.

As much as I’m not a fan of Smith’s song, I prefer it to this – and I’ve been a Radiohead fan since the 1990s. It’s not “Quantum of Solace” theme bad, but for a Bond theme… no.