Thursday , February 27 2020
Billie Eilish with "No Time To Die": James Bond theme song released

Billie Eilish with "No Time To Die": James Bond theme song released

It is a Bond-Song, you can hear that immediately. From the first bars, where "No Time To Die" creeps up with a tension-building piano line, which is then repeated with strings, to finally flow into Billie Eilish's voice: "I should have known, I'd leave alone … ". It's been like this for over 50 years, and a song always gives the theme of the new Bond film. The pieces always try to create a very specific mixture of glamor and coolness. And since Shirley Bassey's "Goldfinger", the songs, if they are good, are almost as important as the film.

Is "No Time To Die" good?

That those in charge entrusted Billie Eilish with the taskSetting the tone for "No Time to Die", the 25th James Bond film (release date: April 2), was as much a sure-fire success as a sign of courage. On the one hand, no artist has since Lady Gaga 2008 had more of a pop moment than Billie Eilish right now. This weird, green-haired 18-year-old girl from Los Angeles who released her album "When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?" produced together with her brother Finneas in their bedroom at home, and in the end five grammys got for that. With her lighthearted and personable sobriety and effortless way of bringing together minimalist beats and a teenage indie rock attitude, she has set a whole new tone.

Hence: yes, a star who just now shines as brightly as Billie Eilish is of course a candidate for a Bond song. Who else? The predecessors are after all Tina Turner, Madonna and Adele. But that is exactly the problem: whoever sang one of the great James Bond songs did so at the zenith of his career. Not at the beginning. For reasons of content: Bond songs always have to convey a certain cosmopolitanism. Must match the glamor of this man who is at home all over the world and moves with the naturalness of the one who has already seen everything and is therefore no longer afraid of anything. And when you were 18 you didn't see everything.

Stripped down bond

Billie Eilish (and her brother, with whom she also wrote "No Time To Die") does the right thing: she doesn't care. Whatever bond baroque has accumulated in the past decades, she pushes aside.

"No Time To Die" is an Eilish song with a few Bond elements, which is based on the likely, tragic love story of the upcoming film, and gives the feeling of failure a few nice lines. Stripped down bond, if you will. And in a way, Eilish's dark teenage fear singing also fits Daniel Craig's interpretation of the bond, the coolness under which he hides his loneliness and fears.

Can anything be read from the song? Except that after the eighth listen, he's still pretty good?

The future of James Bond is just as controversial as Angela Merkel's probably only. For years it has been clear that Craig will cede "No Time To Die" is his last James Bond film, So what's next? Who will be Her Majesty's next agent? There were rumors for a while that Bond might go black Idris Elba was considered a promising candidate. Or a woman could take it over, However, the way things are going at the moment, both are unlikely. Nevertheless: Similar to the case of the German Chancellor, every snippet of interviews by one of the participants, every new detail from the Bond Camp that is made known, is read as a sign. As an indication of the future. Is Billie Eilish's "No Time To Die" such a sign?

Maybe. After the last two bond songs, Adele's "Skyfall" and Sam Smith's "Writing’s on the Wall", particularly moving in the historical backdrop of bond history – great (Adele) and less great (Smith) – the bond universe opens up to the present with Eilish. The orchestra, which was at least arranged by Oscar winner Hans Zimmer, has moved into the background. One time a guitar pushes forward, which is played by the former The Smiths musician Johnny Marr, with Bond songs you can not be fooled. But otherwise? It is a typical Eilish song, carried by the mannerisms of her voice.

So Bond has a future, not just a past. That is good news.

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