It “hurt” Ed Sheeran to have his James Bond theme tune replaced with Billie Eilish’s hit “No Time To Die.” The “Shape of You” hitmaker stated that he had “had begun” composing the song before he was abruptly replaced by the 7-time Grammy-winning teen singer. Ed shared his feelings:
They changed directors and then they just changed scripts and that was it. We had done all the meetings, I started writing it,
When asked if he would still perform a Bond theme song in the future, he said emphatically yes.
“Of certainly,” he said. I’m not going to pretend it didn’t hurt not to do it, but I would.”
“I think as an English musician, you have to do a Bond song at some point,” the singer stated. “If they returned, I’d be like, ‘Of course.'”
With her official theme song for the movie “No Time to Die,” Eilish became the youngest artist ever to create a song for the 007 franchise. The successful song was nominated for an Academy Award for “Best Original Song” in 2022, as well as a Grammy Award for “Best Song Written for Visual Media.”
Chris Cornell (“You Know My Name” for “Casino Royale”), Adele (“Skyfall”), Jack White and Alicia Keys (“Another Way to Die” for “Quantum of Solace”), and Sam Smith (“Writing’s on the Wall” for “Spectre”) are among the other superstars who have written songs for the Daniel Craig-starring James Bond films.
Eilish co-wrote the song with her 22-year-old brother and musical partner Finneas O’Connell, with orchestral arrangements by Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer and British conductor Matt Dunkley. Johnny Marr, a Smiths icon, performs guitar on the track.
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