How Radiohead Wrote the Perfect Bond Theme

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Like every James Bond film that came before it, Spectre begins with a title sequence accompanied by a newly-written song. For this 24th installment in the franchise, Sam Smith provided 'Writing's On The Wall' for the opening, but they were not the first choice to provide a new song for the film. Radiohead were initally approached to write a new theme song, and what they delivered was, in my opinion, one of the greatest Bond themes ever written. In this video, I look at the musical components that make up a great Bond song, and consider what makes Radiohead's 'Spectre' so good.

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What's your favourite Bond theme? Also, if you'd like to purchase a PDF of the score for my transcription of Radiohead's 'Spectre', visit my new Musicnotes page:
Simon Templar
Simon Templar Пре 18 дана
Living Daylights hands down
Donny Darko
Donny Darko Пре 24 дана
Choosing between Live and Let die and View to a Kill is tough, but for me it's between those two. Skyfall is beautiful as well. You know my name and Another way to die aren't the worst, but both are overproduced in a way where the cabaret/big band elements and the modern elements never quite fuse together naturally imo. It's too bad that there will never be a Bond theme by Amy Winehouse. I feel her style would have been a natural fit for the franchise.
Jaci W
Jaci W Пре 24 дана
For awhile it was Skyfall, only because it was the only bond theme I knew at the time. I really really love No Time To Die but then I was just informed of Spectre. I've always loved Radiohead but I don't listen to them enough. It's definitely now Spectre.
uffaize Пре 25 дана
Live and let die is way is the most original, imho: any other later song is "catchy", but obvious and ordinary too
CL CL Пре месец
🤩 Living Daylights. 🤩 View to A Kill. You Know My Name. Surrender (Tomorrow Never Dies- kd lang 🤩). If There Was a Man & Where Has Everybody Gone (Pretenders 🤩) Tomorrow Never Dies.
Thales Partel
Thales Partel Пре 22 сата
Spectre is wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy better than Sam Smith's song imo.
JG _uitar
JG _uitar Пре 6 дана
Recently recorded an acoustic cover of the main theme from James Bond , I would appreciate if anyone has the time to listen and support the channel , most importantly hope you enjoy :)
Yogi Cecily
Yogi Cecily Пре 8 дана
Interesting and compelling. I think it’s important for young people to know that they can be rejected, but still recognized. One of the coolest things brought forth by these musical dissections is that the composers/writers know exactly what they’re doing. To this regard there is no way around having skill in your profession. Is it more important to get the job, or is it more important on a personal level to display your skill? I say to display your skill!
Angelo ma
Angelo ma Пре 9 дана
The string in spectre is fucking Awesome and by "fucking" i just cannot describe how i love it so much
Jesse Storey
Jesse Storey Пре 10 дана
actually, chris cornell did it.
Klaus Пре 10 дана
Pretty cool, but nothing will ever beat You Know My Name
User Пре 11 дана
It's a bag of crap is this. It's not catchy at all. A load of student waffling about tortured chromatic d majors doesn't make it any more impressive either. Give me 'Goldfinger' any day, 'He's the man, the man with the Midas touch...... the spider's touch'.
Louis Johnson
Louis Johnson Пре 12 дана
I am kind of glad that they didn’t use this song for the opening sequence. It is a good song but if it was in the movie I think it is best for it to be played near the end. The song doesn’t really work for the title sequence because it doesn’t hype up the audience for the rest of the movie. Just my opinion
Kien D Luu
Kien D Luu Пре 12 дана
This track might tick all the boxes in terms of music theory, but it lacks a hook/anchor point from which the rest of the piece builds upon. I other words, it’s just not catchy enough to the lay-person IMO
Karamazov Пре 13 дана
Such a shame this wasn't the official theme for specter. I despise so much the Sam Smith song. Funny how the weakest score match the weakest film of the Craig era.
VaderRacing VR
VaderRacing VR Пре 14 дана
This is a great piece of music and far better than Sam Smiths effort. They should have gone with this.
Half Alligator
Half Alligator Пре 15 дана
why the hell did they cancel this song for the film? Some hair-brained exec without an ounce of creativity i bet.
Sarjant Bob
Sarjant Bob Пре 15 дана
It's an amazingly well crafted song, but I think the rhythm of the percussion is what had Sam Smith's song picked instead. Radiohead's structure and composition is great, but if you can't get a sense of the tempo, the staggered hits of the drums can be distracting.
Mark my Words
Mark my Words Пре 15 дана
Augmented and imperfect cadences used to perfection. So glad I came across this. You just made an old O' level musician of the early eighties revisit his school years. Top draw walk through!
Olivia Пре 16 дана
I understood nothing, but I loved it
Michael Hill
Michael Hill Пре 17 дана
Good video. But, I literally understood none of it.
Raj Modi
Raj Modi Пре 17 дана
SuperZekethefreak Пре 17 дана
Sounded like you were talking about Calculus in Chinese, but I liked it!
Octopi Brothers
Octopi Brothers Пре 18 дана
Brandie Braxton
Brandie Braxton Пре 18 дана
No one at all has disliked this analysis -- that says a lot already! Keep up the great work, dude!
MGR1900 Пре 18 дана
Billy Eilish had no business writing a James Bond theme song.
NoPenguinsOnKharak Пре 19 дана
Nah, it sounds meh. Spectre was a forgettable movie but the song. Studio made the right choice.
andy klompenburg
andy klompenburg Пре 19 дана
Just watched the movie (1hour) last night and an hour is all I could take. Totally implausible plot. If you want to watch a good spy thriller, the last Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Deebz270 Пре 19 дана
All Bond themes are good in their own way, but for me (other than Norman's theme...) it has to be *You Only Live Twice,* neck and neck with *OHMSS* and Casino Royale. Radioheads offering was sublime. But their politics (such as it is) stinks, so I'd never vote for anything Radiohead does.
Hermiel Пре 19 дана
My sense is that it was rejected because it was deemed too challenging a listen for normie audiences who mightn't be able to clap along and hum the tune the next day. That sentiment was likely reinforced by the downright haunting vocals and lyrics. Had Radiohead foregone or even toned down either the rhythmic or harmonic ambiguity it likely would have been a stronger contender. In any case it is a veritable masterpiece. Thanks for the analysis.
Tracy LF
Tracy LF Пре 20 дана
Radiohead's Bond theme reminds me of their otherworldly, Pyramid Song. Just no words for what they produce. They are Vincent VG in 2021.
Niall Mullenger
Niall Mullenger Пре 20 дана
I don't know musical theory, but I've shared this with some friends of mine who do because... WOW. This was an exemplary video, absolutely loved it! I love how you can teach us what you have without being a snob in the slightest. It really did welcome me in with open arms, and I have a huge amount of gratitude and respect for that. Thank you ever so much for making this content!
Niall Mullenger
Niall Mullenger Пре 20 дана
Oh, and I completely agree with you. I never even knew Radiohead had written a prospective Bond song, but even just hearing it in this video, I completely agree with you. That's how amazing not just the song itself is, but also your ability to make me understand/convince me why the song was the better fit. Such a shame that it wasn't chosen, but thanks to people like yourself, that doesn't mean it can't be loved!
chaiya miyaya
chaiya miyaya Пре 20 дана
Shut upppppp
Ashadelo李世杰 Пре 20 дана
The newest bond song is absolute trash
Wei Zen Yang
Wei Zen Yang Пре 22 дана
Poor video getting copyrighted left and right. Thnaks for making this.
Ristube Пре 22 дана
Sam smith’s song is typical for him, crying. Awful
Ristube Пре 22 дана
6:17 I’m almost positive that the line is “the only truth that I can see, is when you put your lips to MEET” Like the only truth is when lips are closed.
John Hio
John Hio Пре 22 дана
Its kinda mind-blowing they went with Sam Smith over this, he's got a nice voice but its just such a plain and average pop song. This is so haunting, beautiful, sophisticated and ambitious - on a completely different tier in every aspect.
hoopesfamily Пре 23 дана
The Living Daylights is the best Bond Song
insrtcowjoke Пре 23 дана
I respectfully disagree. Sounds more or less like a typical Radiohead song. Doesn't stand out in any really significant way, for me.
Martin La Grange
Martin La Grange Пре 23 дана
I'm going to recommend getting your hands on - if you can - an LP recorded in 1971 by the London Sounds Orchestra conducted by Go Misawa in Japan, in 1971, on the EMI "Music for Pleasure" label. It contains "Diamonds are Forever" as the then latest but also contains guessed at music for "The Living Daylights", "Moonraker", "the Man with the Golden Gun" as well as "Live and Let Die" long before they were made - and composed in Japan at the time. "Moonraker" was particularly fascinating, as it dramatically encapsulated a modernisation in terms of the then-current space-race, with themes for both the Russians and Americans, with an excellent feel to them. the conjectural themes should be better saved, and they conform precisely to the format of their prdecessaors.
ThiefOfNavarre Пре 23 дана
That's some clever song writing. Typical radiohead, classic bond!
Patrick Kennedy
Patrick Kennedy Пре 23 дана
The worst Bond theme is Die Another Day by Madonna, it's way too upbeat for a Bond theme, Spectre by Radiohead and Writings on the Wall by Sam Smith for Spectre, and Skyfall by Adele for Skyfall are brilliant, especially Skyfall, since it matches the dark tone of the film but it grabs your attention with Adele's powerful voice
Michael Frost
Michael Frost Пре 24 дана
The best Bond theme might be "I Belong To You" by Caro just needs to make it into a Bond film now.
Wyatt Kline
Wyatt Kline Пре 24 дана
Very good video chap
Malapropify Пре 24 дана
Damn, that was some good material. Thank you for making this. This really was a solid piece of material. Wow.
Donny Darko
Donny Darko Пре 24 дана
Tim Yorke's vocals are woven into the song more like an instrument that is part of the music rather than the focus of the song like most people are accustomed to. I'd be willing to bet that if they had someone else sing on it in a more traditional manner that it probably wouldn't have been rejected. Not saying the song would have been better for it at all though, just trying to look at it in an objective manner of them wanting to appeal to the widest possible audience.
davescardcreations Пре 24 дана
well I just saw No Time To Die, and I can tell you which is the worst Bond theme song!
Mohamad F.A Gheewala
Mohamad F.A Gheewala Пре 24 дана
How Shirley basey's theme for Quantumn wasn't used is crazy.
Chris Пре 24 дана
my favourite is Live and Let Die :) and this song is great too
Jaci W
Jaci W Пре 24 дана
I keep being reminded how much I'm in love with Radiohead even though I don't listen to them enough. I feel like I go through periods every few years where I'll just listen to them non stop, and then I just stop out of nowhere.
Si Hopebgood
Si Hopebgood Пре 25 дана
This is so not the Perfect Bond Theme.
James Robertson
James Robertson Пре 26 дана
I'm a huge radiohead fan but you're mad if you think this is the perfect bond song. A bond song should be sexy, classy, symphonic and easy to hum. Go count your triplets.
Jan Villapaz
Jan Villapaz Пре 26 дана
This song is wow
Chuck McFayden
Chuck McFayden Пре 26 дана
Almost ready to subscribe. Ya just need a few more Radiohead videos.
Bryan Politte
Bryan Politte Пре 26 дана
I like music too.
Will Пре 27 дана
This is a fantastic review - I love music in many forms but am by no means an expert, however your insightful and instructive narrative is fantastic. I was so gutted when Spectress didn’t make it as the bond theme tune - I knew it felt/sounded absolutely perfect , but had no idea why. Your video explains it so vividly. Bravo 👏
MDW Пре 27 дана
Well done video, horrible premise. As a Bond theme, this doesn't even come close.
The Warden of Oz
The Warden of Oz Пре 28 дана
Remember what Radiohead did to Scott Tenorman? Yeah this song sucks.
Mark Thomas Christopher
Mark Thomas Christopher Пре 28 дана
Love Radiohead, clearly you do as well, but this lacks the Barry punch and sensual melodic sensibility. Might be interesting as a construction but does nothing for me.
Josephine Blue
Josephine Blue Пре 28 дана
"sometimes the truth can only be seen in the shadows"
Larry A. Boyd.
Larry A. Boyd. Пре 28 дана
VERY F'n COOL dude...
Dan brown
Dan brown Пре 29 дана
nice work
Peter Evans
Peter Evans Пре 29 дана
A brilliant educated analysis of Bond music. But for me the RH offering was a bit 'blah'. Just rather 'grey' Stuff doesn't have to be complicated to be memorable, even in minor chords.
Dofgeese Пре 29 дана
Honestly, it would probably have been accepted if it wasn’t out of time ( I know they did that on purpose, but it sometimes makes it hard to listen to)
Tom Ato
Tom Ato Пре 29 дана
Anal people talk too much about music & think that the more words they use the smarter it sounds; however, like as been told before that, Brevity is the soul of wit".
Billy B
Billy B Пре 29 дана
t'd help if you stopped whittering throughout....
Ringbearer1420 Пре 29 дана
Craig didn’t deserve it.
Paulo Martins
Paulo Martins Пре 29 дана
Oh, I remember this. Definitely should have been a Bond theme. Reminds me of the Muse piece Supremacy, which although not written for Bond, AFAIK, could easily have been one of this cinematic institution's best.
Mesum Naqvi
Mesum Naqvi Пре 29 дана
i still think man of war is better
sabbracadabra Пре месец
I hate it and Radiohead. I love the older themes.
Ron Пре месец
I'll leave it to the experts to determine the "perfect" Bond theme(s), but my personal favorite is "You Only Live Twice."
Steve X
Steve X Пре месец
Lots of nostalgia and sentimentality possibly clouding my vote for best, but Billie & Finneas' is positively *_unearthly_* ... gotta go with them
Steve X
Steve X Пре месец
Def should've been Radiohead. But how long till they _finally_ commission the band _born_ to do the best theme ever - *Portishead* 😳 Yeah I know right 👐✨🙏
Greg Boyington
Greg Boyington Пре месец
I've always thought Portishead "sour times" would make a great Bond theme. Does it follow this musical form?
Derek Arrowsmith
Derek Arrowsmith Пре месец
It was a travesty that it wasn’t chosen for the actual movie.
Zed P
Zed P Пре месец
Beatles, Bowie and Radiohead -. that's my Holy Trinity of rock.
Thurston Пре месец
I could see the producers being like “i dont get it”
Mezniv Finish
Mezniv Finish Пре месец
In a world where people like predictable progressions and structures of a song, ofcourse they wouldn't like radioheads work... That's musically brilliant and unsafe to listen for "Casual Listeners"... Also they we're probably caught off guard by the percussion not synching to the song, it's called Time Signature....
Volv Dj
Volv Dj Пре месец
The rejection of this song is by far the biggest mistake in the history of cinema
Mirage475 Пре месец
Uh no this song really isn’t that good
Kay Rodney
Kay Rodney Пре месец
KTM Пре месец
My favorite genre is Bond Song
Oliver Kalamata
Oliver Kalamata Пре месец
Kewl song bruh
Bob Lewis
Bob Lewis Пре месец
Side note , but they've covered Bond themes before
Unstoppable Zone
Unstoppable Zone Пре месец
I really enjoyed watching this, though my grasp of music theory is limited to what I picked up in my youth learning to play clarinet, and later basic guitar chords. I think it's a really pity that the producers didn't pick this up. That leaves us on a ...discordant note! And that's not a 'minor' problem. Ok, I'll scale back the puns as I treble to think how you might react. KUDOS on a very interesting video! :)
Joel LaCruanza
Joel LaCruanza Пре месец
Amandula Garcia
Amandula Garcia Пре месец
I Soooo AGREE WITH your commentary of this Radiohead song. It's a shame this wasn't the Theme song of Spectre. The lyrics and chord progressions makes so much more sense!! Well Done, Radiohead!!
Tony Frates
Tony Frates Пре месец
The key signature at 2:40 is B minor (not C minor as indicated). Using numerals, the root chord would be Im to distinguish it from a major tonic I, and so I would also notate the second chord as a bVI and not just VI (because you would have to then notate a G# minor as #VI, and even though the sixth is a G in a B minor scale).
Martin Jensen
Martin Jensen Пре месец
Best Music Score ' On Her Majesty's Secret Service" John Barry wrote a fabulous music score - Ski Chase - Gumbold's Safe - Escape From Piz Gloria 🎯
Drizzt Bones
Drizzt Bones Пре месец
This song definitely captures Bond’s soul beautifully. My all time favorite song
Awesomer Bob
Awesomer Bob Пре месец
I love radio head and I have a passion for bond music. Whist this one is hauntingly beautiful and truly a masterpiece, I can see why it was rejected. I think the pacing and discord of the chords, the tonal shifts from minor to major, whilst is on the nose musically, may have been a bit much for the average Joe. It is a shame, I prefer this to the one they chose, but then popular opinion is not ofteny opinion and I respect that. Its simply a case of the music being "too good" to the point where I think a lot of people wouldn't appreciate it in this age of studio sampled music where people are spoon fed hooks and popular music is no longer about taking risks or exploring musicality, rather making everything sound kinda familiar so that it sells.
Stallnig Пре месец
meh. rather boring.
Stephen Allen
Stephen Allen Пре месец
Classic stuff - great job
paddotk Пре месец
I've never heard so much pretentious blah about music ever.
Kev Musicluva
Kev Musicluva Пре месец
The studio's rejection of RH's song remains, in my most humble and biased opinion, one of the greatest missed opportunity and travesty ever... Complete nonsensical decision!
That Gaming Guy 29
That Gaming Guy 29 Пре месец
I like the song but the vocals let ot down for me
GameXentral Пре месец
Guess many missed out on Live and Let Die.
The Wagners The Wagners
The Wagners The Wagners Пре месец
I love Radiohead, and the orchestral work, but his vocals did not work for me. Since when did he use vibrato? He put me in mind of a cabaret singer. Why no mention of Jack White's/Alicia Key's version. That was also a great solution
Will Пре месец
Exceptional breakdown. Goosebumps
hangemhigh63 Пре месец
George Noszagh
George Noszagh Пре месец
I have no idea what you are talking about, BUT the music sounds real good.
Mar nig
Mar nig Пре месец
who else?
Хамза Пател
Хамза Пател Пре месец
RStoolss has been recommending this incessantly
Stochastic Differential EQ.
Stochastic Differential EQ. Пре месец
Radiohead wrote the Second best bond theme song after U2 Golden Eyes.
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