It’s official: singer Billie Eilish will perform “No Time To Die” at the star-studded Academy Awards ceremony on Monday.
The theme song for the latest James Bond movie was a collaboration between her and her brother, Finneas O’Connell. Composer Hans Zimmer, who also composed the soundtrack, selected the song after he thought “including elegance and such beauty in a Bond movie could be just fantastic.”
Billie Eilish & Finneas Are Both First-Time Oscar Nominees
On Monday night, The Hollywood Reporter announced that the “bad guy” singer would be taking the stage to perform “No Time to Die” at the 94th Academy Awards on Sunday. The Oscar-nominated film is the theme song from the James Bond song of the same name.
The “happier than ever” singer and Finneas are both 20 and 24, respectively, and first-time Oscar nominees. They are in a good position to win the Oscars after already winning a Golden Globe, a Critics Choice Awards, a Grammy, and the Society of Composers and Lyricists award.
In the past decade, two other James Bond theme songs have also won Academy Awards. Singer Adele won for 2012’s “Skyfall” from the film of the same name and Sam Smith’s song “Writing on the Wall” from 2015’s “Spectre” also won an Oscar.
Eilish and Finneas recently opened up in an interview with Deadline how their songwriting process came about.
Billie Eilish Reveals ‘No Time To Die’ Was ‘Fun To Write’
During the interview, O’Connell said, “We kind of threw our hat in the ring. We just told them how excited we were by the idea of writing a Bond song.”
“And it was actually kind of fun to write,” Eilish offered. “Sometimes writing songs is a horrible experience. But on this… I remember I was reading the lyrics after, trying to figure out whether it was me or Finneas who wrote this line or that line, but you just kind of forget. You totally forget because, really, we wrote it together. And it was fun.”
“I was surprised by that, honestly,” O’Connell added. “We felt so beholden to writing a great Bond theme. The best setup is to write without any expectations. Really, when you write with no expectations, that’s how you get a song like ‘Bad Guy’. You go, ‘Let’s try this, try that, mess around with it.’ With ‘No Time to Die’, we were like, ‘Oh God, we have to write a great song.’ But we became aware how weird it was that we were having just a wonderful time writing it.”
Billie Eilish Reveals That She Wanted The James Bond Theme Song ‘To Make Sense’ With The Movie
When she was creating the movie theme, she and O’Connell only had the film’s pre-credit sequence to navigate by. However, they were able to draw from different perspectives in order to put the lyrics and the score together.
“It feels like it has to make sense in the context of the movie,” Eilish says. “I don’t really want to see a Bond movie where the main title song doesn’t have anything to do with the film. That’s going to be super unsatisfying. And what was cool about writing a song from the perspective of the movie itself was that we love writing characters and narratives into our music, and I feel the music we’re most proud of is the music where we’ve come up with a plot for the song ahead of writing it.”
To help her songwriting process, Eilish explained that she adopted a certain perspective when crafting the song.
“I wrote the song from the perspective of somebody I had hurt,” Eilish explains. “It was a really interesting situation for me, because honestly, we never think about how our own actions are perceived from other people’s point of view. Or, we do, but we don’t do it enough. It taught me a lot, to put myself in somebody else’s shoes, and it was fun, too, because you can create a character and write about something other than yourself. You don’t have to expose yourself; you don’t have to be telling your truth.”
Zimmer interjected, saying, “But it is the truth.”
Eilish somewhat agreed, adding, “It’s a different path to truth.”