Billie Eilish's new song "No Time to Die," written for the upcoming James Bond film, is finally here for us to enjoy. It's a classic Billie jam with a slow tempo, ethereal vocals, and haunting lyrics, but there is also some big Bond flair in there, too. Basically, it slaps — and it took a lot of thoughtful collaboration to make it happen.
While chatting with Zane Lowe on the latest episode of Apple Music's New Music Daily with Zane Lowe, Billie opened up about how "No Time to Die" came together.
"They told us about the plot, they showed it to us, and we wrote to it," Billie explained, referring to herself and her brother/songwriting partner, Finneas. "This was actually really helpful to get a piece of the script and it was only, like, the beginning part — you know how all the Bond movies start with, like, a scene? It was more collaborative than you'd think actually, which I was surprised by because I thought it would just be like, 'Here's the song,' and they take it and then I would have no say. But they really wanted to know what I think. The day after my birthday, we flew to London for a week, and we worked with Hans [Zimmer] and the entire orchestra."
From there, Billie told Zane how the collaboration between herself, Finneas, and No Time to Die composer Hans Zimmer deepened. According to the Grammy-winning singer: "Then for, like, a month-ish, like, half a month maybe, we were just kinda going back and forth to their team and us about just getting it right and getting it right and getting it right and it went through a lot of different versions. Then we got it, like, we all worked really hard, Hans was incredibly easy to work with and he's so funny and, like, it was a really good, collaborative experience."
It was also revealed during the New Music Daily interview just how full circle it felt for Billie and Finneas to be recruited by the Bond team to record the theme song. Billie shared, "You know what's funny about it, like two years ago, we were like, 'Wouldn't it be crazy to make a song for the Bond movies,' and, like, 'Wouldn't that be dope?' So, kind of for two years-ish, we've been subconsciously trying to [make it happen] in our own way," and went on to say just how good it felt finally getting the call: "We've written songs that have never come out that are, like, 'Oh, this sounds like Bond, this would be dope, [but] it would never happen, whatever.' Then this offer came up and we were like, 'Ahhhh!'"
Billie also shared her excitement about the track coming out ahead of No Time to Die's April release: "I'm so psyched to see the movie the first time and be like, 'Oh my god.'"
Same, Billie. Totally same. Watch Billie's full interview with Zane Lowe below:
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