In one of the smartest recent moves with the Bond franchise, producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli announced this morning that Billie Eilish has written and will perform the theme song for the upcoming 25th film in the Bond franchise, No Time to Die.
We sort of called it, but this is also a pretty heavy no-brainer, because Eilish is so hot right now. Her blend of synth, pop, and beats would potentially really work for a dark, brooding Bond theme that would certainly fit a title like No Time to Die.
At only 18, she'll also be the youngest to ever do a Bond theme, which will be a feat in itself, especially for a franchise who has often veered towards singers either well in or past their prime hitmaking days (Paul McCartney, Chris Cornell, Louis Armstrong). But she best fits the mold of where Bond themes usually find their artists: people hitting breakout success who then catapult to an even higher peak later. This also follows the news that Hans Zimmer will be composing the score.
Eilish said, "It feels crazy to be a part of this in every way. To be able to score the theme song to a film that is part of such a legendary series is a huge honor. James Bond is the coolest film franchise ever to exist. I'm still in shock".
FINNEAS, who co-wrote and will perform on the song with his sister, adds, "Writing the theme song for a Bond film is something we've been dreaming about doing our entire lives. There is no more iconic pairing of music and cinema than the likes of Goldfinger and Live And Let Die. We feel so so lucky to play a small role in such a legendary franchise, long live 007."
Director Cary Joji Fukunaga is excited, too. "There are a chosen few who record a Bond theme. I am a huge fan of Billie and FINNEAS. Their creative integrity and talent are second to none and I cannot wait for audiences to hear what they've brought – a fresh new perspective whose vocals will echo for generations to come,"
Billie Eilish released her debut album WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? in March 2019. The Album Of The Year nominated full-length debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in the U.S as well as 17 additional countries around the world upon release. She scored her first No. 1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 and at Top 40 radio with Song and Record of the Year nominated "bad guy." WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? was the highest selling debut album of 2019 and biggest North American debut of the decade (male, female or group), hitting No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album charts for an additional 2 non-consecutive weeks since its release. WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? was written, produced and recorded entirely by Billie Eilish and brother FINNEAS in their childhood home of Highland Park, Los Angeles. FINNEAS is nominated for 5 GRAMMY Awards®, including the prestigious Producer of the Year, Non Classical. Billie's sold out 2020 arena WHERE DO WE GO? world tour starts on March 9.
In No Time To Die, Bond has left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica. His peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help. The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.
Bring it on, and I personally can't wait to hear this. No Time to Die opens in theaters April 8. Keep it tuned here to Bleeding Cool over the next three months as I do a deep dive on every single Bond movie and Bond-related properties leading up to its release with 007: NO TIME TO BINGE: A Bond Retrospective. There will be George Lazenby. And you will enjoy it.