Confirmed: Billie Eilish will sing new James Bond theme
She was only alive for one of the Pierce Brosnan Bond movies (she was one year old when Die Another Day was released). In 2019 she became the most exciting new voice in pop music at just 18-years-old, with her exceptional debut album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?.
Her music is weird and wise and dark beyond her years. It's existential, it's pensive, and sometimes menacing. And today, she announced that she'll be performing the title track for the next James Bond movie, No Time To Die. She'll be the youngest artist to ever record a Bond song. And she's the perfect fit.
And, after a number of years of forgettable Bond songs, she's positioned to do something new and exciting. This is partially because of her age: Us olds have decades of context when it comes to Bond songs.
We know how they should sound, what place they should fit within pop culture. We've heard Paul McCartney and Nancy Sinatra for decades.
Billie, though? She comes into it with a fresh perspective, and when applying her artistic sensibilities, it could make for some really cool stuff. Plus, her brother Finneas—who produced her debut album—is going to be working with her on the No Time to Die track. This means powerhouse duo will have complete ownership over the next title song.
We've been plagued in recent years with popular artists who are just trying to make a Bond song.
When he astonishingly replaced Radiohead for 2015's Spectre title track, Sam Smith wrote a boring and predictable song. I love Adelle with my whole heart, but 2012's Skyfall was too over the top, even for a Bond song.
Before that was Jack White and Alicia Key's mess of a track for Quantum of Solace—a song as baffling as the movie title. We're over-due for a good Bond Song. A lot of people might even argue we haven't had a good one since the '70s.
So, this makes for a great time to try something new with it. Seeing as No Time to Die is bringing in fresh blood like Phoebe Waller-Bridge to punch up the script and giving the 007 moniker to Lashana Lynch, Eilish fits in perfectly with this re-imagining of what a Bond film can be and do.