Billie Eilish and her brother Finneas performed their original Bond theme song “No Time to Die” at the 2022 Oscars, demonstrating why they deserve to win the award. Although the track was first released two years ago, in February 2020 at the height of the pandemic, reminding James Bond fans that a James Bond movie carrying the same title is waiting in the wing for the right time and opportunity for its release in theaters.
Dressed in an all black attire, Billie’s emotionally-charged style of singing along with her brother Finneas on the piano, the duo fully realized their lifelong dream of getting recognized as composers and performers of a signature James Bond movie song
Actually, the siblings and their original song have already won recognitions from other award-giving bodies in 2021. They took home the 2021 Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song and the 2021 Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media.
The “No Time to Die” Bond soundtrack beat other Best Original Song nominees, namely: Lin Manuel’s “Dos Oruguitas” got Encanto, Dianne warren’s “Somehow You Do” gpt Four Good Days’, Beyonce’s “Be Alive” for King Richard, and Van Morrison’s “Down to Joy” for Belfast.
Moreover, the song debuted at the top of the UK Singles Chart as well as the Irish Singles Chart, No Time to Die reached only Top 16 in the U.S Billboard Hot 100.
Eilish Makes Another Record as Youngest Musician
At the age of 18, Eilish officially became the youngest recording artist to ever work on a James Bond theme song. She has also won a total of seven Grammy awards for her 2019 album “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” and her 2021 album “Happier Than Ever” which was nominated for album of the year and best pop vocal album.
Nevertheless, in her acceptance speech, Billie showed gratitude fort he creative team of the film. Obviously beside herself with glee, she said she could scream about how it’s unbelievable to have won the the award. Finneas on the other hand, thanked their parents and the Academy as well.
The brother and sister theme responded to the invitation sent by the filmmaker to various artists, to submit a title song for the opening credits of No Time To Die. According to Billie, they were only given a script for the movie’s opening scene as reference
Not wanting to pass up the chance of fulfilling a lifelong dream, O’Connell and Eilish were able to submit a demo entry, which they recorded in their tour bus while travelling in between concerts,
Other Bond Movies that Won or Have Earned Nomination for Oscars
While there’s a list of Bond theme songs that have been nominated for an Oscar Bsst Movie Theme Song, “No Time to Die” is only the third to have bagged the Oscar award. The other two Bond songs that won an Academy Award for best song were “Skyfall” by Adele and Paul Epworth in 2013, and “Writing’s on the Wall” by Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith for “Spectre” in 2016.
Bond songs that were only nominated include “For Your Eyes Only” by Sheena Easton in 1982, “Nobody Does It Better” by Carly Simon in 1978, “Live and Let Die” by Wings (Paul McCartney) in 1974, and “The Look of Love” by Dusty Springfield nominated in 1968.