There are hundreds, maybe even thousands, of James Bond scripts floating around the world that will never get made. Beyond the spec scripts, fan fiction, and porn parodies, there’s a smaller, no less endearing cottage industry of unofficial Bond themes. Radiohead have a couple of good ones to their name; Pulp wrote one for Tomorrow Never Dies; “Pet Sounds” was intended to be a Bond theme. Ed Sheeran really, really does not want to land in this category.
Over the weekend, he sat down with Ireland’s The Late Late Show and revealed that he is like, extremely ready in the event that he’s asked to write a James Bond theme. “With Bond, I’ve actually had a theme tune written for about three years, just in case,” he said. But Ed, not one to overplay his hand all the way, didn’t want to say what it’s called: “I’m not going to say ’cause someone might steal it, but it’s good.”
Apparently he was raring to go for that snoozy Eminem collaboration before he was asked, too. “I just recently did a song with one of my all-time heroes, Eminem. And when we did a song together, I’d already had the song planned,” he said. Ready for anything, I guess!
It was reported earlier this year that Beyoncé was in talks for the next Bond theme, so maybe Ed’s built up enough goodwill from the “Perfect” duet and bringing her back to No. 1 for a guest-spot? Given how the last disastrous Bond duet went, I probably wouldn’t advise it!
Anyway, just give it to Lana Del Rey, who’s already written like a dozen great Bond themes, and let’s be done with it.