Daniel Craig didn’t like Billie Eilish’s No Time to Die theme early on
Music producer Stephen Lipson said Daniel Craig didn’t approve of Billie Eilish’s No Time To Die theme at first, but was convinced on a second listen.
Daniel Craig disliked Billie Eilish and Finneas O’Connell’s No time to die theme song at the start, according to the music producer who worked on the theme. Siblings Eilish and O’Connell wrote and performed the 25th James Bond theme, “No Time To Die,” alongside producer Stephen Lipson. Writing the song in three days on a tour bus, the siblings worked with Bond composer Hans Zimmer, who wrote the music for the film. The song was released in February 2020, two months before the film’s initial release date.
Over 18 months later, the song will finally receive its cinematic premiere when No time to die hits theaters in October. Directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga and starring Rami Malek as villainous Safin, No time to die marks Craig’s last adventure as 007. Starting his tenure with Casino Royale in 2006, Craig is the longest-serving Bond, edging Moore by three years. Craig recently opened up about the benefits Bond gave him, such as using his 007 influence to secure his Stormtrooper cameo in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Along with that, it also appears that Craig is influencing broader aspects of Bond’s production, including the theme song.
Talk with CinemaBlend, British music producer Stephen Lipson, who worked with Finneas and Eilish on the theme, recalls that Craig was not initially sold on the song. Apparently the actor wasn’t sure the theme was right “emotional climax“for his early swan song 007. It wasn’t until after Lipson performed the song for Craig in the perfect environment of his studio that he really enjoyed the piece, and the”the wheels were set in motion.“Read the quote below.
“I asked Finneas and Billie to give me a climactic vocal moment that Billie wasn’t too sure about, but when I heard it I knew he would live up to it. ‘get Daniel’s approval. I finished the mix and everyone was happy but we still had to get Daniel on board. From the start, understandably, he wasn’t so sure the song was delivering the right emotional climax for his last Bond outing, so satisfying him was key … I suggested that [Craig] came to my studio because I knew that, compared to any other place, this was without a doubt the best sound environment to hear it.
… Listening to it like I was Daniel, I realized that the climax must be huge … I sat Daniel in the chair between the speakers, I pressed play and j waited for his answer. When the song ended, he didn’t look up but asked to hear it once more. Barbara and I had no idea what he was feeling until the end of his second listen, when he looked up at me and said something like, “This is fucking amazing.” As soon as he approved it, the wheels were set in motion and the news that Billie Eilish was making the Bond theme song appeared everywhere. “
The Bond theme became a staple of the 007 lore with the iconic 1964 by Shirley Bassey The golden finger theme, but it can also be a perilous journey for the musicians who undertake it. Artists have recorded themes over the years only to be discarded in favor of another, while others have turned down the option of making the soundtrack of a Bond adventure. Nancy Sinatra’s classic theme for You only live twice was originally offered to his father, Frank Sinatra, who turned down the opportunity. Now it appears to be the other way around, with the cast and crew holding the power to dismiss the artist, as Eilish’s song wasn’t signed until Craig gave the green light. Until then, even with the song recorded and ready to go, the artist’s involvement was kept a secret from the public. This suggests that alongside his performance as a more gritty version of the iconic British spy, Craig also had a say in the cast of the entire franchise, including the theme song, just like his Jump.
While the Eilish theme has so far been well received, there is also the risk that some people may not like the song when it debuts with a larger audience. Alicia Keys and Jack White’s “Another Way to Die” is the most recent example of a theme that has angered many fans. Luckily for Eilish, that wasn’t the case with “No Time To Die,” which Eilish recently said was intended to pay homage to Bond music from the past. Like the theme, the film received good reviews, with critics praising Craig’s final outing for its action, cinematography, and emotion. Audiences can hear the new theme by themselves in theaters when No time to die is finally released.
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