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Lana Del Rey's Lost Bond Theme: Watch the Fan Video That Could Have Been 007's Iconic Moment

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May 24, 2024

Lana Del Rey revealed that her song "24," intended for the James Bond film Spectre, was rejected by producers, joining a list of other notable artists with lost Bond themes.


ana Del Rey has revealed that she wrote a James Bond theme song in 2015, but it was ultimately rejected by producers. The song, titled "24" and featured on her album Honeymoon, was intended for the film Spectre, which marked Daniel Craig's fourth outing as 007.

Speaking backstage at the Ivor Novello Awards in London, where she received a special prize for her career and influence, Del Rey was asked if she would ever consider writing a Bond theme. “I mean, how has that not happened?” she replied before breaking into the chorus of "24" and revealing, “I wrote that for them.”

While Del Rey's song wasn't chosen, she praised Sam Smith, who went on to win an Oscar for their song "Writing's On The Wall," saying, "Sam, you did a wonderful job." Del Rey remains hopeful for another opportunity, stating, "One day, maybe... But I'm going to continue to do my little Nancy Sinatra thing every now and then and just pretend it's the title track."

Lana Del Rey is not alone in having a Bond theme rejected. Other artists who have experienced similar rejections include Pulp, Blondie, Johnny Cash, Pet Shop Boys, and KD Lang. Producers often commission several alternatives before making a final decision once the film is complete. Radiohead even recorded a third potential theme for Spectre, which was eventually released on Christmas Day 2015.

The list of known "lost" Bond songs includes:

  • Johnny Cash - Thunderball
  • Dionne Warwick - Mr Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (Thunderball)
  • Shirley Bassey - Mr Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (Thunderball)
  • Julie Rogers - You Only Live Twice
  • Lorraine Chandler - You Only Live Twice
  • Alice Cooper - The Man with the Golden Gun
  • Blondie - For Your Eyes Only
  • Phyllis Hyman - Never Say Never Again
  • Pet Shop Boys - The Living Daylights
  • Ace of Base - GoldenEye
  • Pulp - Tomorrow Never Lies (Tomorrow Never Dies)
  • Saint Etienne - Tomorrow Never Dies
  • Swan Lee - Tomorrow Never Dies
  • KD Lang - Surrender (Tomorrow Never Dies)
  • Straw - The World Is Not Enough
  • Shirley Bassey - No Good About Goodbye (Quantum of Solace)
  • Muse - Supremacy (Skyfall)
  • Radiohead - Spectre
  • Lana Del Rey - 24 (Spectre)
  • Skylar Grey - I’m A Soldier (No Time To Die)
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