Radiohead release their alternative theme song for 'Spectre'

The acclaimed band says they were asked to write a song for the James Bond film, but it didn't work out

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Thom Yorke, left, and Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead. Image: Chris Pizzello / AP/Press Association Images

Radiohead have revealed their take on a James Bond theme tune, by releasing their interpretation of a title song for the latest film Spectre online.

Writing on their website, the band says they were asked to write a song for the recent blockbuster - emphasising 'yes we were', perhaps acknowledging themselves that an experimental rock band is not the most obvious fit for 007.

However the band goes on to say "it didn't work out, but became something of our own, which we love very much. As the year closes we thought you might like to hear it".

The song has been uploaded for free streaming and download on music site Soundcloud. It offers an interesting contrast with Sam Smith's Writing's on the Wall - the song which ultimately played over the opening credits of Spectre, and received a very mixed response.

You can listen to the Radiohead piece below, which is certainly a nice Christmas gift for Radiohead and James Bond fans: