No Time to Die: Reactions to Billie Eilish’s James Bond theme for new Daniel Craig film

Critics are praising US artist Billie Eilish in early reactions to her James Bond theme, “No Time to Die”. 

The song, which was written and performed by Eilish, was released at midnight in the UK on 14 February, ahead of the film’s release in April. 

The Independent gave the track four out of five stars, commenting: “As a number of Bond tracks have done in the past, Eilish’s song interpolates Monty Norman’s famous theme, with a flourish of violins and the twang of an electric guitar that recalls Vik Flick’s riff. Eilish’s rise-and-fall melodies have something of Chris Cornell’s “You Know My Name” about them, although without the rock bombast.

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“The lyrics, meanwhile, cleverly play on Craig’s portrayal of 007, which has increasingly delved into the more toxic side of Ian Fleming’s character – Bond’s tendency to isolate himself, and how his cold, almost cruel treatment of those closest to him stems from a fear of placing them in danger. “I’d fallen for a lie,” she sings, “You were never on my side/ Fool me once, fool me twice/ Are you death or paradise?/ Now you’ll never see me cry.” “No Time to Die” is by no means a bad song, in fact, it’s one of the better Bond themes we’ve had in some time.”

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