Singer Billie Eilish and her brother/collaborator Finneas said Sunday evening that crafting the Oscar-winning theme song for “No Time To Die” was an honor, but also a challenge to give the proper respect to the James Bond film franchise.
“We’ve looked up to the music and the Bond franchise for pretty much like, as long as I can remember,” Eilish told reporters backstage at the Dolby Theatre after winning the Oscar for best original song. “… It has been such a big part of our lives for so long, that the fact that we are involved at all was unbelievable. And the approach was very, very exhilarating and … also scary.
“And we just had so much pressure put on ourselves, like we put it on ourselves. … We just wanted it to be perfect and represent Daniel Craig’s last film and all of his films and how much he put into it. And it just was the most amazing experience ever.”
Finneas said he spoke with past Bond theme song artists, and was given “really good advice, which was basically just to make a song we’re really proud of.”
“It was really important to us that it felt like a Billie Eilish song and a James Bond song at the same time and not one or the other,” he said.
Eilish said she and her brother didn’t take the challenge lightly.
“It was so important to have it pay, you know, all of the respects needed for all of the Bond films in the past and not take anything away from that. … I really didn’t want to disrespect the franchise in any way. I wanted to make everybody happy and and it’s, you know, easier said than done.”