Radiohead release James Bond Spectre theme that 'didn't work out'

Radiohead singer Thom Yorke has revealed that the band were asked to write the theme for the latest James Bond film, Spectre, as he released their own effort online for free.

In a series of tweets, Yorke said: "Last year we were asked to write a tune for Bond movie Spectre. Yes we were....

"It didn't work out... but became something of our own which we love very much," he added.

He then tweeted a link to the song, which can be heard for free on Soundcloud.

Radiohead had at one stage been bookmakers' favourite to soundtrack the film, after a punter bet £15,000 the British band would do so.

Yorke didn't explain why his band's theme "didn't work out", but the track that eventually soundtracked the film - Sam Smith's Writing's On The Wall - was a huge hit, becoming the first ever Bond song to top the charts.

Spectre isn't Radiohead's first stab at a Bond theme - back in the 1990s, the band performed their own version of Carly Simon's Nobody Does It Better, the theme to Roger Moore film The Spy Who Loved Me.