Daniel Craig is ‘really involved’ in picking Bond theme

Billie Eilish and her brother Finneas O’Connell have revealed Daniel Craig is heavily involved in choosing the theme song for his James Bond movies.The Grammy Award-winning singer wrote No Time to Die, the theme song for the upcoming Bond movie of the …

Billie Eilish and her brother Finneas O’Connell have revealed Daniel Craig is heavily involved in choosing the theme song for his James Bond movies.

The Grammy Award-winning singer wrote No Time to Die, the theme song for the upcoming Bond movie of the same name, with the help of her songwriting partner and brother O’Connell, with her making the history books as the youngest artist ever to record a Bond theme.

In an interview with BBC Breakfast, the duo revealed they wouldn’t have landed the coveted job if Craig didn’t like the song they created.

“He has a big say in it,” the Bad Guy hitmaker said. “He’s really involved. We haven’t met him but he’s got to like it before they move on.”

“He had to like it,” Finneas added. “If Daniel doesn’t like it then you don’t get the job.”

The new Bond theme, which was written and recorded “on a tour bus in Texas” in three days, was performed by the duo for the first time at the BRIT Awards in London on Tuesday night.

Finneas also revealed that he and his younger sister managed to score a sneak peek of the film’s script to give them inspiration for their lyrics.

The 22-year-old recently told Good Morning America that he managed to persuade producers to let them have a read through of some of the script to make sure their track reflected the storyline of the upcoming film.

“We didn’t want to go in blind, so we asked if we could have any of the script and we were given a scene of the script to read and that informed all the lyrics,” Finneas shared.

Craig makes his fifth and final appearance as 007 in No Time to Die, which hits cinemas in April.

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Billie Eilish to perform theme song for No Time to Die

Billie Eilish has been tapped to perform the theme song for new James Bond film No Time to Die.Producers confirmed that the Bad Guy singer had signed on to perform the title track for the upcoming spy movie on Tuesday, with the gig making her the young…

Billie Eilish has been tapped to perform the theme song for new James Bond film No Time to Die.

Producers confirmed that the Bad Guy singer had signed on to perform the title track for the upcoming spy movie on Tuesday, with the gig making her the youngest artist in the history of the franchise to the tackle the theme.

Billie has teamed up with her older brother and frequent collaborator, Finneas O’Connell, to work on the tune, described by Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli as “an incredibly powerful and moving song”.

Gushing about the historic role, the 18-year-old shared, “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.”

While Finneas added, “Writing the theme song for a Bond film is something we’ve been dreaming about doing our entire lives. There is no more iconic pairing of music and cinema than the likes of Goldfinger and Live and Let Die. We feel so, so lucky to play a small role in such a legendary franchise, long live 007.”

Elsewhere, director Cary Joji Fukunaga insisted that James Bond fans will instantly fall in love with the song.

“There are a chosen few who record a Bond theme,” he commented. “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.”

The track will be released to coincide with the global launch of No Time to Die, starring Daniel Craig, in April.

Billie follows in the footsteps of artists like Sam Smith, Adele, and Shirley Bassey in landing the prestigious honour.

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