Billie Eilish No Time To Die song lyrics: The journey to the Bond epic

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No James Bond film would be complete without an epic soundtrack, and the 25th Bond movie, No Time To Die, is no different. Here’s the production process behind Billie Eilish’s Bond theme song.

The latest Bond film was premiered last night much to the delight of 007 fans.

The film has been eagerly anticipated after its premiere was delayed three times.

No Time To Die was supposed to hit cinemas in April 2020, but producers repeatedly cancelled its premiere due to the pandemic.

But fans were treated to the film’s incredible soundtrack as Ms Eilish released the theme song on February 13, 2020.

Eilish and her brother Finneas O’Connell together are a musical powerhouse.

The duo has produced numerous number one songs together since Eilish rose to fame at just 14-years-old with the single Ocean Eyes.

O’Connell, who co-produced the new Bond theme together with his sister, recalls how they created the smash hit together.

Eilish in an interview with the BBC said how the pair had “always wanted to write a Bond song – even before it was an option.”

But the pair weren’t just handed the contract, O’Connell said they had to “plead our case.”

O’Connell said: “We’d been writing motifs and thinking of melodies for a couple years, just as far as like, ‘Wouldn’t it be cool if one day we got to do a Bond song?’

“And when we got wind that they were making the 25th, we immediately set out to meet with Barbara [Barbara Broccoli, the film’s producer] and plead our case.”

Eilish said she assumed they were among a group of artists pitching for the job, just as Radiohead and Sam Smith had done for the previous Bond film Spectre.

Instead of revisiting any previous works, Eilish said she and her brother started from scratch when they created the theme.

But the pair weren’t given much to go on as the plot of the film is always shrouded in secrecy.

All they were given for inspiration was the first scene of the script and the part of the film before the opening credits.

O’Connell said: “That was all we had to reference, as far as the plot.”

Eilish added: “I think that actually made it easier for us.

“We always write the quickest when we have a story or we’re writing about something that’s happened.”

But the road to producing the track wasn’t easy.

Eilish said they “had an intense amount of writer’s block as soon as we were called to action.”

Her brother even rented out a studio to try and write the theme but insists “we didn’t write anything good.”

He said: “We ended up writing and recording the whole song in a tour bus in Texas.

After O’Connell came up with a piano motif, the theme came together in just three days.

Eilish said: “Once we wrote it, I was super happy with it.”

Critics have praised the newest Bond theme for its “haunting” melody and lyrics, matching perfectly with the isolated character of James Bond.

Upon its release in February last year, No Time To Die debuted at top of both the Irish Singles Chart and the UK Singles Chart.

The song earned Eilish her first number-one single in the UK and became the first James Bond theme by a female artist to top the UK chart.

Across the pond, No Time To Die debuted and peaked at number 16 on the US Billboard Hot 100.

Here are the No Time to Die song lyrics in full:

I should’ve known

I’d leave alone

Just goes to show

That the blood you bleed

Is just the blood you owe

We were a pair

But I saw you there

Too much to bear

You were my life

But life is far away from fair

Was I stupid to love you?

Was I reckless to help?

Was it obvious to everybody else

That I’d fallen for a lie?

You were never on my side

Fool me once, fool me twice

Are you death or paradise?

Now you’ll never see me cry

There’s just no time to die

I let it burn

You’re no longer my concern

Faces from my past return

Another lesson yet to learn

That I’d fallen for a lie

You were never on my side

Fool me once, fool me twice

Are you death or paradise?

Now you’ll never see me cry

There’s just no time to die

No time to die

No time to die

Fool me once, fool me twice

Are you death or paradise?

Now you’ll never see me cry

There’s just no time to die

James Bond: No Time To Die is in cinemas nationwide now, and Billie Eilish’s No Time To Die can be streamed across music platforms like Spotify and Apple Music now.

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