The music video for the theme song for the 25th James Bond pic No Time To Die was released today — and Billie Eilish couldn’t be any more perfect for it. The Grammy Award-winning musician joins a roster of legends who have sung past James Bond themes including Adele, Sam Smith, Jack White, Alicia Keys, Madonna, Garbage, Sheryl Crow, Tina Turner, Gladys Knight, Duran Duran, Sheena Easton and Paul McCartney.
The video directed by Daniel Kleinman includes signature Bond dramatic orchestral tones, scenes from the film starring Daniel Craig and Lea Seydoux, smoky Rorschach test graphics and that very familiar ending chord that has been a mainstay in the franchise’s score. And it’s all folded into Eilish’s too-cool, sleepy indie-pop drawl.
The song comes from Darkroom/Interscope Records and was produced by Eilish’s Grammy-winning brother Finneas alongside Stephen Lipson, with orchestral arrangements by Hans Zimmer and Matt Dunkley, and guitar from Johnny Marr. Eilish is the youngest artist in history to both write and record a James Bond theme song.
“It feels crazy to be a part of this in every way,” said Eilish. “To be able to score the theme song to a film that is part of such a legendary series is a huge honor.”
The film’s director Cary Joji Fukunaga shared, “there are 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.”
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.
No Time To Die will be released in theaters November 12 in the U.K. through Universal Pictures International and in the U.S on November 20, from MGM via their United Artists Releasing banner.
In addition, Eilish and Finneas will also be joining Daniel Craig for James Bond Day with a very special interview and performance on NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Monday, October 5.
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