Time To Die by Billie Eilish has been released as the theme song for the latest movie in the Bond franchise. The song dropped at midnight along with the film’s new trailer.
The lyrics of the theme revolve around a romantic betrayal.The dramatic piano motif opens the theme as Eilish sings, “I should have known I’d leave alone”. This seems to confirm one of the fans’ theories that Bond (Daniel Craig) will be double-crossed by his Spectre love Madeleine Swann (Lea Seydoux).
Eilish worked on the song with her elder brother Finneas O’Connell, they wrote and produced it last year. “Subconsciously and consciously, we’ve been trying to write a Bond theme for our whole lives,” the musician told E! News. Eilish is the youngest singer ever to record a title song for the series.
The first live performance of the song will take place at Brit Awards next week, where Eilish will be accompanied by composer Hans Zimmer. At the ceremony, Eilish might win the best international female award, just after taking a total of four trophies at Grammys in early February.
What do others think of it?
Collin Paterson, the BBC entertainment correspondent, says the theme song is “the first serious Oscar contender for next year”, foreseeing another trophy in Eilish’s collection.
First serious Oscar contender for next year. Billie Eilish’s Bond Theme is better than any song nominated this year. Best Bond theme since…(your answers please). https://t.co/sE2q83UUk0
— 📻 Colin Paterson 📺 (@ColinGPaterson) February 14, 2020
Alexis Petridas from The Guardian says, “The pop sensation sidelines her trademarks for a tasteful track that matches the haunted solitude of its leading man.”
“The flourish of violins, electronic guitar and faint brass all pay tribute to classic Bond theme tropes, but Eilish’s subtle synth motif makes this song her own,” writes The Independent’s Roisin O’Connor.