No Time to Die title song debuts

The title song for No Time to Die debuted Thursday night. The song co-written and performed by Billie Eilish included a few Bond music touches.

Around the 1:00 mark, there was a “WAAAAAA” sound that John Barry dropped into his James Bond film scores now and then. Around the 2:02 mark, there was an ominous-sounding instrumental, similar to Barry scores when something, well, ominous was about the happen.

Finally, at the end, there was a brief twang of an electric guitar, again similar to early Barry scores in the Bond series. Barry retired the electric guitar after Sean Connery departed the Eon-produced series. Other composers, such as Marvin Hamlisch, Michael Kamen, and David Arnold brought it back.

We’ll see how the reaction goes. Regardless, it was far from the parody version seen on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert on CBS. That was essentially “Bad Guy” with tweaked lyrics.

You can view the YouTube version of the No Time to Die song below.

What’s more, Eon Production posted a video featuring the song. It had some shots (not many) that hadn’t been in previous trailers and TV spots.

UPDATE (8:02 p.m., New York time): If you CLICK HERE you can read the lyrics to No Time to Die. h/t Jack Lugo.

UPDATE II (3:40 a.m., Feb. 14): Hans Zimmer, who is scoring the movie, says on Twitter, that the No Time to Die song includes an orchestral arrangement by himself and Matt Dunkley. 

4 Responses

  1. I suppose it’s what the children want these days.

  2. The song sounds excellent to me. The words are very mysterious and sad.

  3. This is horrible. Too much breathiness & she sounds like she’s either whispering or mumbling or who knows what. You can barely hear her & I could barely understand they lyrics.
    I will not be listening to this song again nor to anything this singer sings.
    If this is what young people want today, they can have it.
    Probably one of the worst Bond songs ever.
    And I go back to seeing Bond films to From Russia With Love when it premiered.

  4. I’m an old bugger who has seen every theatrical release of James Bond. That said…I like this new song.

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