Cary Joji Fukunaga thrilled with Billie Eilish’s James Bond theme

No Time to Die director Cary Joji Fukunaga has raved over Billie Eilish’s new 007 theme song.The Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter released the moody track, also titled No Time to Die, on Thursday night, becoming the youngest-ever artist to record…

No Time to Die director Cary Joji Fukunaga has raved over Billie Eilish’s new 007 theme song.

The Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter released the moody track, also titled No Time to Die, on Thursday night, becoming the youngest-ever artist to record a theme tune for a James Bond movie.

An audio clip has already racked up over 3.5 million views on Billie’s YouTube channel, and accordingly, Fukunaga is very impressed with what the 18-year-old and her producer brother Finneas came up with for his blockbuster.

“There are a chosen few who record a Bond theme. I am a huge fan of Billie and Finneas,” he praised. “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.”

Billie will debut the track live at the BRIT Awards, accompanied by Finneas, composer Hans Zimmer and the Smiths star Johnny Marr, in London next week. And the Bad Guy hitmaker still can’t believe she has recorded a Bond theme.

“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,” she shared, while her sibling 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.”

The brother and sister duo join the likes of Shirley Bassey, Sam Smith, and Adele in recording Bond themes.

No Time to Die, which stars Daniel Craig, Rami Malek, Lea Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, and Jeffrey Wright, will hit cinemas from 2 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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Sam Smith encourages fans to love their bodies in 2020

Sam Smith has entered the New Year with a fresh body positivity message, encouraging fans to love their bodies.The Dancing with a Stranger singer, who uses they/them pronouns, kicked off 2020 with an image of them soaking up the sun while sitting tople…

Sam Smith has entered the New Year with a fresh body positivity message, encouraging fans to love their bodies.

The Dancing with a Stranger singer, who uses they/them pronouns, kicked off 2020 with an image of them soaking up the sun while sitting topless on a boat during a vacation, and confessed it took them a while to feel comfortable in their own skin.

“Feels so good to have my top off on holiday,” Sam wrote in a caption to the picture on Instagram on Sunday. “Spent all my life hiding my body from the sun. The last year my skin has been soaking in that LIGHT. Don’t let anyone or anything stop you from feeling that kiss from above you beautiful humans”.

The Oscar-winning singer, who has been open about their weight struggles in the past, also took to social media on New Year’s Eve to reflect on the challenges they faced in 2019 after coming out as non-binary, revealing a preference for the pronouns they and them.

“I found this ICONIC picture above,” they shared in a caption to a photo of them posing in a black suit, quirky shirt and rose brooch at 17. “This picture made me emotional because the confidence and freedom I’ve felt the last year is EVERYTHING I had those 10 years ago.

“The kid in this picture went to school everyday in their non binary gloriousness and ignored every stare or verbal taunt that was thrown their way. That kid never left.

“So to all you beautiful humans on the last day of 2019, my only advice after my very short time on this earth is… FEEL IT ALL!!!!”

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Sam Smith: ‘Christmas always triggers tricky body issues’

Sam Smith always suffers from “tricky body issues” during the Christmas holidays.The singer, who came out as non-binary earlier this year and now prefers to be referred to with the pronouns they/their, posted a black and white topless snap on Instagram…

Sam Smith always suffers from “tricky body issues” during the Christmas holidays.

The singer, who came out as non-binary earlier this year and now prefers to be referred to with the pronouns they/their, posted a black and white topless snap on Instagram, with the image showing their arms crossed across a hairy chest.

Alongside the picture, Smith wrote: “Christmas time is upon us. This time of the year always triggers tricky body issues with me. I love me some mince pies and all the trimmings, and I always find I gain a bit of weight during this time.

“I’m writing this out to you all, but also writing this for myself. Let’s make sure we remind our bodies during this time that no matter what weight we are, we are deserving of love and acceptance. Let’s love our fluctuating bodies. Look in that mirror and shower that reflection with Christmas kindness. Be super soft. It’s an everyday struggle for me. You aren’t alone.”

The Stay With Me singer was quickly inundated with messages from their fans and celebrity friends, including plus-size model Tess Holliday, who wrote: “Yes. This. Forever. You are beautiful and valid regardless of your size, and thank you for sharing this. (Oh and enjoy all the mince pies).”

Singer Brandi Carlile commented, “You are f**king beautiful Sam”, while Beth Ditto added, “i deserve alllllllll that cake (sic) !”

Smith has previously spoken about their battle with weight and body confidence, writing on Instagram back in April that they have “always hated being naked”. Despite that, the star decided to have a naked day and added to fans: “It has been so empowering and wonderful and f**king FUN. I think everyone should have a naked day once in a while and celebrate that beautiful human body of yours.”

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Natalia Vodianova: ‘The World Cup can bring about change in Russia’

Natalia Vodianova is hopeful the 2018 FIFA World Cup will bring about social change in Russia.The model is enjoying the famous soccer tournament taking place in her home country, and was on hand to present the World Cup trophy, which was encased in a L…

Natalia Vodianova is hopeful the 2018 FIFA World Cup will bring about social change in Russia.

The model is enjoying the famous soccer tournament taking place in her home country, and was on hand to present the World Cup trophy, which was encased in a Louis Vuitton box, with Spanish goalkeeper Iker Casillas ahead of the first match last week (ends17Jun18).

Over the years celebrities like Madonna, Lady Gaga and Sam Smith have spoken out against Russia’s controversial anti-gay policies, but Natalia is confident the Eastern European nation will benefit from being the 2018 World Cup host country.

“It definitely will be an opportunity for social change in the country, because of the infrastructure that has been put in place,” she said to British Vogue. “Russia is a wonderful country, full of treasures, whether in nature, culture, people. Of course, like all the countries we have our changes to make and things to improve. But I am hopeful for the future generations, the children of the World Cup, who will see a different future for Russia.”

In the opening game of the tournament, Russia beat Saudi Arabia five goals to nil.

The 36-year-old beauty watched the game live with three of her five children, and says it was a special experience.

“I must say, that first goal Russia scored was like popping a blister,” she smiled. “It was such an important game for Russia – even the most enthusiastic supporters would not have predicted such a victory. We were very proud and are hopeful for the rest of the tournament.

“It was very special having my children with me – for Neva, my daughter, it was her first match. They all had the best time. Now we have a summer of football matches ahead.”

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