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‘No Time to Die’ Is Getting a Theme Song from Billie Ellish

She joins music royalty like Paul McCartney and Madonna. But will her song be any good?


No Time to Die will be the final James Bond film starring Daniel Craig, and we’ve just learned which artist will provide the theme song for Craig’s swan song: Billie Ellish.

That’s right. The 18-year-old singer-songwriter, who already has eight gold and four platinum singles, three VMAs, and six Grammy nominations is adding another impressive entry to her resume. She joins the likes of Wings, Madonna, and Tina Turner, a small group of musicians who have performed theme songs for James Bond movies.

The 007 Instagram account made the announcement official with a dramatic red and black portrait of Ellish.

On her own Instagram—apparently it’s the official platform of James Bond theme song news—Ellish posted a photo of the 007 logo and a caption that betrayed her excitement at landing the gig in an endearing omg-how-is-this-happening-to-me kind of way.

“It feels crazy to be a part of this in every way. To be able to score the theme song to a film that is part of such a legendary series is a huge honor. James Bond is the coolest film franchise ever to exist. I’m still in shock,” she elaborated in a statement.

Ellish wrote the song with her brother and frequent collaborator Finneas O’Connor, who was similarly over the moon.

“Writing the theme song for a Bond film is something we’ve been dreaming about doing our entire lives. There is no more iconic pairing of music and cinema than the likes of Goldfinger and Live and Let Die. We feel so so lucky to play a small role in such a legendary franchise, long live 007.”

Of course, we don’t yet know if the pair has written a Bond theme classic like Shirley Bassey’s “Goldfinger” or another dud like Lulu’s forgettable “The Man with the Golden Gun.” It’s oddly difficult to predict how these things will go until you hear the song; people were less than thrilled when Garbage’s “The World Is Not Enough” was announced, but it’s definitely one of the strong efforts in the 007 theme song canon. Duran Duran’s “A View to Kill” seemed like it might be a bit too hip for Bond, but it actually worked quite nicely.

Another interesting angle to this story is a potential collaboration between Ellish and Hans Zimmer, the legendary film composer who is scoring the film. There’s a long history of folks in these two roles collaborating, and it will be interesting to see if Zimmer and Ellish will follow in the footsteps of George Martin and Paul McCartney’s “Live and Let Die” or David Arnold and Chris Cornell’s “You Know My Name.”

No Time to Die comes to theaters on April 8.