For Queen and Country: Radiohead Rumored to Have Written New Bond Theme [UPDATED]

Suspicion sparked by a £15,000 wager from unknown source. [Nope, the bet was wrong. It's Sam Smith.]

Notable government skeptics Radiohead may be doing their bit for the motherland after all—or, at least, the fictional version.

While director Sam Mendes’s highly anticipated new James Bond film Spectre is just months away, the identity of whoever penned the new movie’s theme is being guarded like a highly classified MI6-level secret. But, like all good spy capers, there may be a mole with insider information.

According to UK bookmaker William Hill, at least one anonymous party has a pretty strong inkling that the Oxford band is behind the new tune—about 15,000 pounds worth of inkling, to be exact.

Speaking to NME, a spokesperson for William Hill said, “There seem to be all kinds of rumours and the plot has had more twists and turns than a classic Bond tale, but surely nobody risks £15,000 on a hunch.”

The Bond theme is a pop-cultural legend in its own right, with past performers including Adele, Paul McCartney, Madonna, Chris Cornell, Jack White, and Tina Turner, among others.

We do know that Radiohead are currently working on the followup to The King of Limbs, so new material is definitely in the realm of possibility. Maybe they’ll even contribute to the upcoming Bond musical? …Eh, I wouldn’t bet on it.

(via Consequence of Sound)

Originally published July 29, 1:52 p.m.


Updated: September 8, 12:00 p.m.: Tough luck, mate—that’s 15,000 quid down the drain.  

While there was some big Radiohead news over the weekend (composer Robert Ziegler posted photos of the band back in the studio), it had nothing to do with Spectre’s soundtrack. Instead, the new Bond maestro is unintentional Tom Petty thief Sam Smith, who has been officially announced as the singer of “Writing’s On the Wall”—the first Bond theme to be sung by a male, solo British artist since Tom Jones sexed the planet with “Thunderball” in 1965.

Also, Tom Jones is apparently Welsh? Who knew.

(via The Guardian)

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