Songwriters Eilish/Finneas strove to pay homage to the Bond franchise

Singer Billie Eilish and her brother/collaborator Finneas said Sunday night that crafting the Oscar-winning theme song for “No Time To Die” was an honor, but also a challenge to give the film franchise proper respect. James Bond.

“We’ve admired Bond music and the Bond franchise for pretty much as long as I can remember,” Eilish told reporters backstage at the Dolby Theater after winning the Oscar for Best Original Song. “…It’s been such a big part of our lives for so long, that it was amazing for us to be involved.” And the approach was very, very exhilarating and… also scary.

“And we just had so much pressure on ourselves, like we put it on ourselves. … We just wanted it to be perfect and represent Daniel Craig’s latest movie and all of his movies and everything he put into it. And it was just the most amazing experience ever.

Finneas said he spoke with former Bond theme song artists and received “very good advice, which was basically to create a song that we’re really proud of”.

“It was really important to us that it sound like a Billie Eilish song and a James Bond song at the same time and not one or the other,” he said.

Eilish said she and her brother didn’t take the challenge lightly.

“It was so important to pay him, you know, all the respect for all the Bond movies of the past and get nothing out of it. … I really didn’t want to disrespect the franchise in any way. I wanted to make everyone happy and that’s, you know, easier said than done.

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