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Tuesday morning, it was announced that Billie Eilish would be singing the theme song for the upcoming James Bond movie, No Time To Die, making her the youngest artist to ever sing a Bond theme song.
“The #NoTimeToDie title song will be performed by @billieeilish. Billie has written the song with her brother @finneas and is the youngest artist in history to write and record a James Bond theme song,” the Twitter account for James Bond announced.
The #NoTimeToDie title song will be performed by @billieeilish. Billie has written the song with her brother @finneas and is the youngest artist in history to write and record a James Bond theme song. pic.twitter.com/Qd5cYIRlmg— James Bond (@007) January 14, 2020
“Bond is the coolest film franchise ever to exist. I’m still in shock,” Eilish said.
Bond stans, who seem to be mostly baby boomers, were perturbed by the news that an 18-year-old would be singing the title song of the classic franchise.
“Sorry but this is going to be TERRIBLE. I can understand she’s critically acclaimed and many love her, but it’s not going to be remotely ‘Bond’. Probs won’t be able to understand a word of it. Bond themes are for all time, not just what’s ‘in’ at the time,” Twitter user @Adt1001 wrote.
Well. Sounds like this will go down as one of the WORST THEMES EVER!!! Saw an "example" of one of her tunes recently. I didn't really like it 🙄 pic.twitter.com/RoKsw9Ygxa— CJ (@CJMegs85) January 14, 2020
Sorry but this is going to be TERRIBLE. I can understand she’s critically acclaimed and many love her, but it’s not going to be remotely ‘Bond’. Probs won’t be able to understand a word of it. Bond themes are for all time, not just what’s ‘in’ at the time.— Wincombe Mooredge (@Adt1001) January 14, 2020
Are you actually serious? I understand you may be trying to cater to a younger audience but don't disrespect the Bond franchise like this! Especially as you are already potentially making Bond a female..... #JamesBond pic.twitter.com/XM4GEx7Vbs— Emily Peel (@OwnerRG) January 14, 2020
Some believe the young artist, who recently celebrated her 18th birthday, had never even heard of the iconic movie franchise or its titular character before her involvement.
“Also the first Bond theme by an artist who’d never heard of James Bond beforehand,” Twitter user BigAl_81 wrote.
Also the first Bond theme by an artist who'd never heard of James Bond beforehand😂😂😂😂— ⓑⓐAlvaro Rodriguez❽❶ (@BigAl_81) January 14, 2020
My only question is does Billie Eilish know who Bond is? I'll show myself out.— Scott of Rivia (@DerfelMacGuffin) January 14, 2020
Does she know who 007 is?— sam mccain (@sammccain9) January 14, 2020
Others don’t seem to know who Eilish is.
“Seriously, who the fuck is Billie Eilish?” Twitter user @BlanchardDustin questioned.
Seriously, who the fuck is Billie Eilish?— dustin blanchard (@BlanchardDustin) January 14, 2020
Bond fans can rest easy as a recent interview with Rolling Stone revealed that this has been Eilish’s life-long dream.
“Writing the theme song for a Bond film is something we’ve been dreaming about doing our entire lives,” her brother, Finneas O’Connell, stated. “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.”
Tiffanie Drayton is a geek culture and lifestyle reporter whose work covers everything from gender and race to anime and Xbox. Her work has appeared in Complex, Salon, Marie Claire, Playboy, and elsewhere.