The world needs Billie Eilish to stop the Bond song dying another day
As we yearn for the louche brilliance of John Barry, here's hoping the US phenomenon bucks the trend
The news last week that Billie Eilish will write and perform the title song for the 25th official Bond film, No Time to Die, is enough to make 007 fans everywhere punch the air in glee. Barely out of school she may be, but the 18-year-old Grammy-winning singer-songwriter is an immensely original talent.
If she can lend this new venture the quirky, noirish musical and lyrical tang that infuses her debut album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, it could prove a marvellously moody and atmospheric opener to Daniel Craig’s fifth and final outing as the sharp-suited assassin.
And heavens, does the franchise need such a thing. For when, if you are honest, was the last time you heard a new Bond song that genuinely made the hairs prickle? The most recent, by Sam Smith – for 2015’s Spectre – had a decent, piano-led verse but a whiny, sub-Eurovision chorus and no rhythm section at all. Some made a case for Adele’s Skyfall (2012), but sorry fellas: this was a case of a mediocre and derivative song, beautifully sung...