Update (February 14): Billie Eilish released her new James Bond theme song, No Time To Die, on Thursday, February 13. In true Eilish fashion, it’s smoky and spooky, and a little mournful. Eilish is by far the youngest person to write or perform a Bond theme song—the new movie, starring Daniel Craig as Bond for the fifth and last time, will hit theaters in the US on April 10.
Until then, we’ll keep Billie on repeat.
Billie Eilish has joined one of the most exclusive musical clubs in the world.
What do Louis Armstrong, Madonna, Adele, Paul McCartney, Shirley Bassey, Duran Duran, and Tina Turner have in common? They’ve all performed Bond songs: the iconic singles that traditionally open James Bond movies. And now Eilish, who recently turned 18, will add one to the catalog.
She’s by far the youngest person to write and sing a Bond theme, and definitely the only one who has the middle name Pirate. She and her brother and longtime collaborator, Finneas, wrote the theme song together for the 25th Bond movie, No Time to Die, which is due out April 8.
“It feels crazy to be a part of this in every way,” Eilish said in a statement, adding that the opportunity is “a huge honor.”
“James Bond is the coolest film franchise ever to exist,” she said. “I’m still in shock.”
No Time To Die disappointed some fans when it was announced that, despite rumors, for the 25th time, 007 would be played by a male actor (Daniel Craig, in his fifth go-round as the vodka-swilling MI6 agent). But there will be feminist influences on this film that go beyond the surface-level girl-power of hot women holding guns: Phoebe Waller-Bridge, the Fleabag genius, is one of four credited cowriters.