No Time To Die: The verdict on Billie Eilish’s James Bond theme

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Image caption Billie Eilish is the youngest artist ever to document a Bond theme

Billie Eilish’s theme for the brand new James Bond movie is a dramatic, unsettling ballad that hints the plot will centre across the undercover agent’s betrayal.

The lyrics to No Time To Die reference lies and deceit, as Eilish sings: “You have been by no means on my facet.”

The tune was launched at 00:00 GMT on Friday, on the similar as a new trailer for the movie, starring Daniel Craig.

Eilish, who turned 18 in December, is the youngest singer ever to document a theme for the franchise.

Its launch was extremely anticipated on the finish of per week that noticed her performing to a worldwide TV viewers on the Oscars.

No Time To Die opens with a haunting piano motif, with the star’s voice weary as she sings, “I ought to have identified I’d reside alone“.

A well-known tremolo guitar ushers within the refrain, the place the singer develops her theme: “I’ve fallen for a lie… Are you demise or paradise?”

Now you may by no means see me cry,” she concludes. “There’s simply no time to die.”

The phrases appear to verify a fan concept that Daniel Craig’s closing outing as Bond will see him double-crossed by Madeleine Swann (Lea Seydoux), his love curiosity from the earlier movie, Spectre.

Off-kilter

Eilish wrote and produced the title tune together with her elder brother Finneas O’Connell late final 12 months. Speaking on the Grammys in January, she mentioned engaged on the franchise had all the time been one in every of their objectives.

“Subconsciously and consciously, we’ve been trying to write a Bond theme for our whole lives,” she advised E! News.

Shrewdly, the duo retain their darkish, off-kilter type all through the tune, whereas incorporating a number of of the movie collection’ musical touchstones – swelling strings, discordant brass, and, better of all, it finishes with the distinctive minor ninth chord that closes out Monty Norman’s authentic Bond theme.

Lyrically, they contact upon the psychological toll of 007’s licence to kill, with the commentary: “The blood you bleed is simply the blood you personal“.

But the tune may be very a lot a couple of romantic betrayal. “Was I silly to like you? / Was I reckless to assist?” asks Eilish within the bridge.

The musician is thought for her intimate, designed-for-headphone vocal type, however she rises to the problem of the tune’s hovering climax, together with her early vulnerability remodeling into energy and resolve.

It’s simply probably the most audacious and atmospheric tackle the Bond theme in living reminiscence.

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Image caption No Time To Die marks Daniel Craig’s swansong as James Bond

Eilish will give her first reside efficiency of the tune at subsequent week’s Brit Awards, accompanied by composer Hans Zimmer and former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr.

The singer is up for finest worldwide feminine on the ceremony; simply two weeks after sweeping all 4 of the primary classes on the Grammys.

No Time To Die might additionally earn her one other trophy: The final two Bond themes, Adele’s Skyfall and Sam Smith’s Writing’s On The Wall, each received an Oscar.

No Time To Die, the movie, is because of hit cinemas in April.

Alongside Craig and Seydoux, it stars Lashana Lynch, as a 00 agent who entered the service after Bond’s retirement; and Rami Malek because the villain Safin.

It has been written by the common Bond workforce of Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, with further materials from director Cary Joji Fukunaga and Fleabag star Phoebe Waller-Bridge.

The tune’s launch was marked with a one-hour particular on BBC Radio 1. You can hear the total present on BBC Sounds.

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