The greatest James Bond theme song of all time probably has almost nothing to do with your favorite James Bond movie. Paul McCartney’s “Live and Let Die” is much better than Roger Moore’s Live and Let Die, while Tina Turner’s “GoldenEye” and Adele’s “Skyfall” are about as equally good as the movies they represent. So now, here comes Billie Eilish’s track for Daniel Craig’s 007 swang song, “No Time To Die,” and yes, it’s pretty damn good.
Just before Valentine’s Day, the new song — written by Billie Eilish and her brother Finneas O’Connell — hit the internet, and though it starts off a little sleepy, it rapidly reveals itself to be in the vein Garbage’s “The World Is Not Enough,” or, even Nancy Sinatra’s “You Only Live Twice.” It’s got a tinkly quality with undertones of that brassy-big-band vibe you’ll always associate with James Bond music. Bottom line: It’s not the greatest Bond song ever, but it is certainly solid, and (sorry Sam Smith) much better than “The Writing’s On the Wall”; the theme song for Spectre.
Incorporating the title of a James Bond movie into a James Bond song historically isn’t an easy task. According to at least one book, Paul McCartney was relieved, in retrospect, that he didn’t have to figure out how to put “Quantum of Solace” into his lyrics for “Live and Let Die.” With some songs (like Sam Smith’s “The Writing’s On the Wall”) nobody even tried to put the movie’s title in the song. With “No Time To Die,” Eilish didn’t seem to have a huge problem and seamlessly dropped in the title into a pretty memorable little melody.
Now, let’s just hope the movie is like the song — memorable, classic and not trying too hard.
Listen to it here right here.
— billie eilish (@billieeilish) February 14, 2020
No Time To Die hits theaters on April 10, 2020.