After months of speculation it has been announced that Billie Eilish is recording the new James Bond film theme song. At just eighteen years old she will be the youngest performer ever to do so.
Eilish was confirmed on the official James Bond Twitter account this afternoon retweeted by Eilish moments later. It has also been confirmed that her elder brother, Finneas O’Connell, wrote the song with her.
“It feels crazy to be a part of this in every way. To be able to score the theme song to a film that is part of such a legendary series is a huge honour. James Bond is the coolest film franchise ever to exist. I’m still in shock.”
Filming permits for an Italian set action sequence for a Dua Lipa music video had led to speculation the gig was hers. Then Beyoncé tweeted pictures of Bond signature drink vodka martini, leading to more speculation from her fans.
Bond producers Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli said:
“We are excited to announce that Billie and Finneas have written an incredibly powerful and moving song for No Time To Die, which has been impeccably crafted to work within the emotional story of the film.”
“There are a chosen few who record a Bond theme. I am a huge fan of Billie and Finneas.
Their creative integrity and talent are second to none and I cannot wait for audiences to hear what they’ve brought – a fresh new perspective whose vocals will echo for generations to come.”
Sam Smith was the previous young age record holder at 23-year-old when he sang The Writing’s on the Wall, the theme for the last James Bond installment, Spectre.
He won an Oscar and a Golden Globe for that song. For the movie before that, Skyfall, a 24 year old Adele Adele won several awards including an Oscar, a Brit Award, a Grammy and a Golden Globe.
Eilish’s debut album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? was the highest performing album in the US last year. She is also nominated for six Grammy Awards, including album and song of the year.
Hans Zimmer was confirmed on Monday as the new composer for No Time To Die’s score – less than three months before the film’s release on 2 April – after composer Dan Romer left over creative differences.