For: Specter (2015)
lost to: sam smith
Better than the chosen theme? Yeah
The most Bond-like lyric: The only truth I could see / Is when you bring your lips closer to me
Radiohead seem the band least likely to get hooked on the Bond trailer and the most natural: their lyrical, literary take on rock more suited to art-house productions than the bang-crash-explosion thrills and spills of Team Bond, but they contain within their ranks one of the best soundtrack composers working today.
This five-minute epic combines Jonny Greenwood’s classic class with Thom Yorke’s voice at its most haunting and a brass and strings backing that sways like a drunken orchestra on a stormy sea. The band recorded it during the session for their 2016 album A Moon Shaped Pool; the Bond team decided, in the end, that it was too dark. Though given the end result, Specter’s opening sequence is a decidedly spooky affair, complete with Kraken-like octopuses and Mexican death masks, this was never going to be a job for the likes of Katy Perry.
If you liked this story, please sign up for bbc.com’s weekly feature newsletter, called the essential list. A handpicked selection of stories from BBC Music, Culture, Capital, Future and Travel, delivered to your inbox every Friday.