Haunting, modern and quintessentially Bond
Jessie Atkinson
11:04 14th February 2020

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It's been exactly a month since it was announced that Billie Eilish would be writing and performing the James Bond song for the forthcoming twenty-fifth instalment No Time To Die. Today, the new addition to a rich lexicon of iconic songs has arrived, and it's wonderful.

'No Time To Die' is a seamless blend of the Eilish sibling composition and production but with a great amount of 007 treatment. Beginning with a haunting piano and swelling, over time, to the inevitable string orchestra, the new Bond song has parallels with When We All Fall Asleep Where Do We Go single 'when the party's over'. 

Eilish's strong, emotive vocals spread like blood in water, the ideal drama and emotion needed to drive a successful Bond song. In particular, the raw feeling works well with the Craig era of Bond: good guys hurt too.

Hear it below and let us know what you think:

There's still some smoky guitars in there, nodding to Chris Cornell's 'You Know My Name' for Casino Royale, but there's also the rising cinema of huge string sections befitting of vintage instalments. Essentially, this new song fits seamlessly into the Bond song playlist we whip out every time a new film arrives.

At eighteen, Eilish is the youngest artist in history to record a Bond song.

No Time To Die hits cinemas on 3 April.

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