Radiohead's rejected theme song for the James Bond movie Spectre

Radiohead says, "Last year we were asked to write a theme tune for the Bond movie Spectre. Yes we were. 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. Merry Christmas. May the force be with you."

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50 years of incredible James Bond movie art


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EON Productions was founded in 1961 by Albert R. "Cubby" Broccoli and Harry Saltzman for the express purpose of turning Ian Fleming’s novels about a ruthless, womanizing Secret Intelligence Service officer named James Bond into movies. EON has produced 24 Bond movies to date (quite a feat, since Fleming himself wrote a total of twelve Bond novels and two short story collections).

These two books are a deep dive into EON’s James Bond archives. Bond by Design was written by Meg Simmonds, EON’s archivist, and is a breathtaking collection of location sketches, plans for villains’ lairs, outrageous vehicles, exotic costumes, and, my favorite, the dual-purpose gadgets used by agent 007, such as a thermos/grenade, a briefcase/sniper rifle, and the fantastic gadget-filled Aston Martin D85 from Goldfinger.

James Bond: 50 Years of Movie Posters is loaded with movie posters from all over the world. Paging through the book, it becomes clear that James Bond was and is as globally famous as Mickey Mouse (and a heck of a lot more sauve). It also contains many never-before-seen concept sketches for posters, making it a must-have for any serious Bondophile.

After going through these books, I’m ready to watch the Bond oeuvre again. If you are new to Bond I recommend starting with Dr. No, From Russia with Love, and Goldfinger. (Skip the 1967 version of Casino Royale, Octopussy, and the Man with the Golden Gun – they stink!)

James Bond: 50 Years of Movie Posters by Alastair Dougall DK 2015, 328 pages, 9.9 x 13.4 x 1.2 inches (paperback) $18 Buy one on Amazon

Bond by Design: The Art of the James Bond Films by Meg Simmonds DK 2015, 320 pages, 14.2 x 10.4 x 1.5 inches (hardcover) $18 Buy one on Amazon Read the rest

James Bond: Every attempted crocodile jump in "Live and Let Die"

Multiple takes of stuntman Ross Kanaga's epic crocodile jumps, in the shooting of the 1973 James Bond flick, "Live and Let Die."

All the Bonds, fighting themselves

Who would win in a battle between Bond and Bond... James Bond?

Happy 50th, Mr. Bond! Here is the fancy new song that Adele sang for you

The fancy new James Bond theme, "Skyfall," sung by Adele is out, and it's pretty sweet! You can buy it at iTunes and consume it in video form on the singer's YouTube page. Adele has experienced some moderate success this year with both her career and her life, and singing the new Bond theme was a good way of acknowledging she cannot pull off the "melodiously heartbroken" thing anymore. (via Adele on YouTube) Read the rest