THE WASHINGTON POST – Billie Eilish has achieved yet another musical milestone. The 18-year-old pop wonder is recording the theme song for the upcoming 25th James Bond film No Time to Die becoming the youngest artist to do so. Eilish, who co-wrote the song with her brother Finneas O’Connell, will follow in the footsteps of such artists as Paul McCartney, Gladys Knight, Tom Jones, Duran Duran and Adele.
“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 honour,” the singer, who will also work with composer Hans Zimmer, said in a statement tweeted by the franchise’s official account. “James Bond is the coolest film franchise ever to exist. I’m still in shock.”
O’Connell added on Instagram, “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 in my opinion. We feel so so lucky to play a small role in such a legendary franchise.”
Eilish – whose brooding electropop has captured the country’s ears and earned her six Grammy nominations (including album of the year, record of the year, song of the year and best new artist) for the upcoming awards ceremony – is a fitting pick for the franchise, which tends to favour music with a stately soaring somberness. (Think Adele’s Skyfall, which finds the singer’s smoky voice rising from vaguely threatening to victorious and back throughout the tune.)
The theme song – and who will perform it – has become an integral part of each new installment in the Bond franchise, and it often earns the chosen artist accolades if not awards. (Welsh singer Shirley Bassey, who sang Goldfinger, Diamonds Are Forever and Moonraker, is the only musician who has performed more than one.)
Arguably the most enduring song of the bunch is McCartney’s Live and Let Die from the 1973 film of the same name, which was the first to earn an Academy Award nomination (more than a decade after the film series debuted) and reached No 2 on the Billboard charts.
But Duran Duran and John Barry’s eponymous A View to a Kill in 1985 reached a higher peak in its own time, and is the only Bond song to top the charts in the United States (US).
Only Adele and Sam Smith have won the golden statues for their efforts: her for Skyfall in 2012 and Writing’s on the Wall for 2015′s Spectre respectively.