Billie Eilish and her brother Finneas have been working on the theme tune to No Time to Die for some time now. The announcement of their involvement was hugely exciting, compounded by their history-making Grammy wins that followed. But now the theme song has been released, what does it reveal about the plot of No Time to Die?
Needless to say, this song was always going to be a smash hit, and the vibe is perfect mixture of Eilish’s unique style and James Bond themes of old.
There is drama, subtlety, and potential some spoilers lurking in the lyrics.
It begins with some beautiful piano, as synthesised strings rise to bring some foreboding and drama to the music.
Then, Eilish comes in, singing the words: “I should have known I’d leave alone, just goes to show that the blood you bleed is just the blood you owe.”
From here, Billie sings: ‘We were a pair, but I saw you there. Too much to bear, you were my life but life is far away from fair.”
So far, this certainly speaks to a plotline we have heard about already – Madeleine Swann’s betrayal.
As Spectre ended, James Bond (played by Daniel Craig) retired, taking his lover Madeleine (Lea Seydoux) away with him where, as we learned in the No Time to Die trailer, they settled abroad.
However, the trailer has also suggested she has betrayed him, with some of his arch enemies like Blofeld (Christoph Waltz) and his new enemy, Safin (Rami Malek) both taunting him about her bad deeds.
In the bacground to Billie’s vocals, stabs from the main Bond theme tune are heard, and as the chorus begins, the striking Bond-style guitar comes in, linking this strongly with the franchise.
The pre-chorus lyrics continue: “Was I stupid to love you? Was I reckless to help? Was it obvious to everybody else?”
From here, Billie sings the chorus, which also names the song.
She sings: “That I’ve fallen for a lie, you were never on my side. Fool me once, fool me twice, are you death or paradise?
“Now you’ll never see me cry. There’s just no time to die.”
The brass and strings come in, turning this truly into a Bond theme and giving it its epic feel.
But these lyrics, from the chorus, certainly add a potential new storyline.
In asking whether you are “death or paradise” is interesting, as it suggests, if the song is about Madeleine, that she could inadvertently be the death of Bond.
It may be that because of her misdeeds, he is in the firing line and, this may signal his end due to her actions.