Billie Eilish releases theme song for new James Bond movie

Lawrence Kim
February 16, 2020

Billie Eilish has just dropped "No Time to Die", the anticipated new theme song to the upcoming James Bond movie of the same name.

Her signature moodiness seems an appropriate accompaniment for the dark and tortured Bond of the Daniel Craig era - and the fact that she's basically the biggest thing in pop music right now gives the decades-old franchise the dash of modernity it needs.

The Guardian's Alexis Petridis has named the song as a "respectful approach" to the franchise and dubbed it an example of "a concerted effort to broaden her appeal to more mature audiences". He added, "Writing the theme song for a Bond film is something we've been dreaming about doing our entire lives".

The song, also called "No Time to Die", was released on Thursday, February 13. It still sounds like her, but her voice is at full, robust strength, sultrily swooping and soaring to places it rarely has before - all while majestically backed by the orchestral arrangements of legendary film composer Hans Zimmer, renowned orchestrator/arranger/conductor Matt Dunkley, and former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr.

In a statement, Eilish said "It feels insane to be a part of this in every way".

Alexis Petridis at the Guardian calls "No Time to Die" a "confident, appealing addition to the Bond theme canon". But what are fans and critics making of Billie Eilish's new song, No Time to Die?

Billie Eilish's theme song for No Time To Die is out now. "I'm still in shock", she said in a statement, per Variety, that confirmed she was tapped to perform "No Time To Die". Directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, the film releases on April 8.

The 25th instalment of the British spy saga, due out in April, sees Bond drawn out of retirement in Jamaica by his old friend and Central Intelligence Agency agent Felix Leiter.

Rami Malek, who won the best actor Oscar for his depiction of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in "Bohemian Rhapsody", plays the villain.

No Time To Die will be released in the United Kingdom on 2 April 2020 and 8 April 2020 in the US.

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