She may only be 18 but Billie Eilish has made some serious moves in the music industry. Aside from four platinum singles, two American Music Awards and three VMAs, she’s also nominated for six Grammys, becoming the youngest artist ever to be nominated in the four main categories in the same year. And on Tuesday, she made history once again.
Eilish, Billie Eilish, will record the title song for the upcoming James Bond movie, No Time To Die. That makes her the youngest person ever to write and perform a theme song for the beloved franchise based on the books by Ian Fleming. Billie co-wrote “No Time To Die” alongside her older brother Finneas O’Connell, with whom she always collaborates. The singer took to her Instagram Stories earlier in the week, teasing fans about the possibility of working on the spy movie when she posted a bunch of images of female Bond actresses including Halle Berry, Eva Green and Léa Seydoux, who will be back for her second 007 film after 2015’s Spectre.
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“It feels crazy to be a part of this in every way,” Eilish said in a Twitter statement. “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.” Billie also took to Instagram to let her 48.8 million followers know her amazing news, captioning the basic 007 graphic with, “No Time To Die” JAMES BOND. AND I AM SINGING THE THEME SONG. WHAAT,” which also included several grinning emojis.
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Is there anything Billie can’t do? Nope! Monumental accomplishments and breaking records is kind of her thing. Aside from the awards, nominations, accolades and honours, Eilish also holds the title for two Guinness World Records: Most Simultaneous US Hot 100 entries by a female and Youngest Female to Reache No. 1 on the UK Albums Chart.
Eilish joins Hans Zimmer on the music side of things for No Time To Die. There were reports last week that the Oscar-winning composer was replacing Dan Romer — who was dismissed due to “creative differences” — but Zimmer’s news was made official on Monday.
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Like Eilish’s post, Zimmer’s was equally subtle so director Cary Joji Fukunaga took to Twitter to share his thoughts. “I’m beyond excited that Hans is scoring #NoTimeToDie. The music of Bond has always been iconic and I’ve already witnessed Hans adding his touch of genius to the Bond legacy.”
Eilish joins an elite group of musicians who have worked on Bond films, from Paul McCartney (Live and Let Die) and Duran Duran (A View to a Kill), to Adele (Skyfall) and Sam Smith (Spectre) — and it should be noted the latter two both won Oscars for their songs. Could Billie and Finneas be up for an Academy Award next year? We wouldn’t put it past them. No Time to Die? Pfft. It’s their time to live.
No Time to Die hits theaters April 10.