James Bond director explains why he chose ‘UNPREDICTABLE’ Billie Eilish as theme singer

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James Bond fans will see Daniel Craig appear as 007 for the final time next year in No Time To Die. After being delayed by almost an entire year, Craig’s fifth and final foray into the spy world is more anticipated than ever. The film has already been making history after the movie’s song, No Time To Die, was written and performed by young up-and-coming pop star Billie Eilish.

Usually, accompanying Bond songs are commissioned from well-established artists, however this addition to the franchise has changed things up a little.

Despite the change, the song struck a chord with listeners, as it became the first ever Bond theme performed by a female artist to top the UK charts.

Eilish’s Bond theme also reached number 16 on the US Billboard Hot 100.

The young star is in good company, as Adele’s Skyfall from 2012 reached number two in the UK charts.

Speaking out about the new film’s song, Cary Joji Fukunaga explained how he brought Eilish on board.

Fukunaga said he was eager to find an artist that would break the mould of the already well-established Bond song status quo.

He said: “What I was mostly involved with was trying to get [Billie] in front of [Bond producer] Barbara [Broccoli] and Daniel [Craig], who were less aware of Billie’s growing popularity.

“I was really vying for them as a choice that wouldn’t be so predictable.”

The 43-year-old went on to say how both he and No Time To Die’s composer Hans Zimmer were thrilled by the track.

Fukunaga told Total Film: “I thought it was chilling when I first heard it.

“After that, it was really just trying to shape it to have the bigger scale of a Bond song. But really, all the bones were already there. Hans himself said, ‘I don’t have to do a whole lot, this song is fantastic.'”

Eilish joins the likes of Madonna and Shirley Bassey as singers of the franchise’s iconic music.

The music video for No Time To Die was released last month in preparation for the film’s release next month.

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The video sees Eilish cooing into a classic microphone, drenched in a stylish monochrome.

Eilish’s song isn’t the only thing changing in the latest James Bond film.

Fukunaga recently explained how the introduction to the film is vastly different to the Bond flicks that have preceded it.

Speaking to the Wall Street Journal about the film’s first few minutes, the director said: “It’s slow-paced, visually arresting, subtitled with dialogue in French and entirely Bond-free.”

Leaving Bond out of the picture, the pre-title introduction sees new villain Safin (Rami Malek) killing Madeleine Swann’s (Lea Seydoux) mother.

Joking about his involvement with the horror film IT, Fukunaga added: “Some clown chasing a child around the house.

“Yeah, it’s like I brought back IT in the first five minutes of Bond.”

James Bond No Time To Die is due for release April 2, 2021.

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