Johnny Cash, Alice Cooper, and Blondie: The fascinating history of rejected James Bond theme songs

A tour through the 007 hits that could have been

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Later this month, crooner Sam Smith will release "Writing's on the Wall," his theme song for the new James Bond movie Spectre, becoming the latest artist to join one of the most exclusive and high-profile clubs Hollywood has to offer.

Smith's involvement with Spectre was kept almost totally under wraps until this week's announcement, which kept the rumor mill churning. Over the past few months, a wide variety of artists and groups — including Ellie Goulding, Radiohead, and Lana Del Rey — had been tipped for the job.

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