Billie Eilish has released her James Bond theme, ‘No Time To Die’. (Getty)
Billie Eilish released her James Bond theme “No Time To Die” and suddenly, we’re all 007 fans.
“No Time To Die” will receive its live debut at the BRIT Awards on Tuesday, February 18, with Eilish accompanied by film composer Hans Zimmer and The Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr.
Eilish released the downbeat Bond theme on Friday, February 14, with early reviews putting “No Time To Die” somewhere below Shirley Bassey’s “Diamonds Are Forever”, but well above Madonna’s “Die Another Day”.
Written and produced by Eilish and her brother Finneas, the track takes the surliness of her debut When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go and sets it to a more Bond-ready piano and string track.
Early reviews were glowing, with the BBC’s Colin Paterson suggesting that Eilish is the “first serious Oscar contender for next year”.
First serious Oscar contender for next year. Billie Eilish’s Bond Theme is better than any song nominated this year. Best Bond theme since…(your answers please). https://t.co/sE2q83UUk0
— ? Colin Paterson ? (@ColinGPaterson) February 14, 2020
Fans were equally as convinced, declaring today the new ‘gay Christmas’.
Wait Billie Eilish is singing the new James Bond song? What is it gay Christmas?
— Meghan Quinn (@meghanbonifacio) February 14, 2020
There was much praise heaped on the track’s vocals, with ‘everyone who says “Billie Eilish can’t sing, she whispers”‘ told to ‘re-evaluate immediately’.
everyone who says “Billie Eilish can’t sing she Whispers” needs to re-evaluate immediately. #NoTimeToDie pic.twitter.com/bv3uJL0YIJ
— Mina Labib (@MinaLabib4) February 14, 2020
At 18 years old, Eilish is the youngest artist to ever write and perform and Bond theme, and had a lot to live up to with her effort: The last Bond film, Spectre, was themed by Sam Smith; its predecessor, Skyfall, was led by an Adele track.
Billie Eilish, Adele, and Sam Smith knowing they all now own the most iconic James Bond theme songs ever. #NoTimeToDie pic.twitter.com/gdyb0v3Wdh
— Cal (@Panayisalad) February 14, 2020
Fortunately Eilish – a five-time Grammy winner – appears to have nailed the brief.
no time to die – billie eilish
1:01 ━━❍─────── 3:50
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volume: ▁▂▃▄▅▆▇ 100%#notimetodie pic.twitter.com/NWmDL9Ok8M
— ???? ? (@nataliebarnxs) February 14, 2020
With her efforts even managing to convince LGBT+ fans to give the notoriously heterosexual Bond franchise a go.
My gay ass is finally going to watch a James Bond film on April because Phoebe Waller-Bridge co-wrote script and Billie Eilish did the theme song. Also, Rami Malek is in the cast. Sksksksksk
— Melvin John Serrano (@awesomelvinn) February 14, 2020
All is forgiven after Billie Eilish Bond theme.
“No Time To Die” comes almost a year after Eilish suffered a backlash over her single “Wish You Were Gay”.
Fans were upset when it emerged the song was about Eilish wishing a guy who didn’t like her back was gay.
She clarified that the song’s lyrics weren’t supposed to be insulting, saying: “I tried so hard to not make it in any way offensive. The whole idea of the song is, it’s kind of a joke.”