James Bond theme song to be performed by youngest ever artist, producers announce

Telegraph Reporters
Billie Eilish in April - REX

Producers of the new James Bond film have chosen 18-year-old Billie Eilish to sing the theme song.

Eilish, a US singer-songwriter, becomes the youngest artist in history to record the title track for a Bond film.

She has written the theme for No Time To Die with her brother, Finneas O’Connell.

“It feels crazy to be a part of this in every way. To be able to score the theme song to a film that is part of such a legendary series is a huge honour.

“James Bond is the coolest film franchise ever to exist. I’m still in shock,” said Eilish, who turned 18 last month.

O’Connell, 22, added: “Writing the theme song for a Bond film is something we’ve been dreaming about doing our entire lives.”

The last two Bond themes, Adele's Skyfall and Sam Smith's Writing's On The Wall (from Spectre), each won an Oscar.

The Bond producers, Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson, said: “We are excited to announce that Billie and Finneas have written an incredibly powerful and moving song for No Time To Die, which has been impeccably crafted to work within the emotional story of the film.”

The news was confirmed hours after Eilish teased her involvement by posting pictures of Bond actresses on her Instagram page. They dated back to Halle Berry who appeared in the 2002 film Die Another Day, released the year after Eilish’s birth.

No Time To Die’s director, Cary Fukunaga, said only “a chosen few” have recorded a Bond theme and said Eilish’s vocals “will echo for generations to come”.

Eilish's debut album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? topped the charts in the UK and the US when it was released last year.

Its success in the UK made her the youngest female solo artist to score a number one album in the UK.

She recently made Grammy history when she became the youngest artist to receive nominations in all four major categories.

She is up for record of the year, album of the year, song of the year and best new artist at the ceremony, which will take place later this month.

No Time To Die will be released on April 2.