Billie Eilish’s selection to sing the theme song of the 25th Bond movie raised a lot of eyebrows. Everyone thought that the green-haired, Grammy winner was only chosen to appeal to a younger audience than the Bond movies target. However, if the theme song of Daniel Craig’s last appearance as James Bond in No Time to Die is anything, it is phenomenal. Eilish’s voice, coupled with the music score, coupled with the nearly-silent, whispering notes that the teenager pulls so perfectly, put together an ensemble that will make Adele’s Skyfall and Sam Smith’s Writing’s On The Wall look like children’s work.
Across the 24 movies, the Bond theme songs have been serving as the perfect starters for each and every movie. The title graphics and animations were considered the second best thing which eventually transition into the title of the movie, and this time around, as the multiple trailers have hinted, the movie is all about romantic betrayal. And Eilish, known for her dark lyrics, aptly puts into words what the characters, James Bond, actually feels rather than what we see on the outside: a spy who is all muscles and fight and has no weaknesses. However, a broken heart is more dangerous than a broken bone.
The theme song starts in typical a Eilish way. She whispers into the mic, carries the momentum forward in the same tone, but near the end, shows what she is capable of with a nearly-high but not Adele-level high note which will send goosebumps running through your soul. The lyrics are a treat in themselves too. When she sings ‘You were my life but life is far away from fair,’ the plot of the movie is cut wide open for audiences. It tells you that apart from the high-voltage action sequences, the movie promises more of the emotional drama that Bond movies are now well-known for.