Billie Eilish contributed the title song to the James Bond film no time to die. The track reached number 1 in the United Kingdom. It was an impressive feat; However, “No Time to Die” was not the first 007 song to top the UK charts. Interestingly, 007 was the first song to hit number 1 in the UK to feature a touch of vulnerability from the fictional detective.
‘No Time to Die’ was the James Bond theme that the United Kingdom liked the second most
According to official chart companyMany Bond themes, such as Adele’s “Skyfall” and Nancy Sinatra’s “You Only Live Twice”, became British hits. Despite this, only two Bond tracks topped the UK charts. The most recent was “No Time to Die”, which stayed on the charts for 12 weeks. Specially, official chart company says the track is Eilish’s first and only No. 1 single.
The only other No. 1 single from the franchise is “Writing on the Wall” by Sam Smith. It lasted 17 weeks on the chart. official chart company Smith had six other No. 1 singles in the report. Those songs were “Money on My Mind,” “Stay With Me,” “Promises,” “Very Good at Goodbye,” “I’m Not the Only One,” and “Let Me Down.” It is noteworthy that Smith’s success seems to eclipse Eilish’s success in some parts of the world.
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According to NPR, Smith wanted “Writing on the Wall” to have honest lyrics. “I tried to put myself in Bond’s shoes,” Smith said. “My music is a diary and it’s a brief account of my life, and I wanted to bring that kind of honesty.
“In the song – ‘How do I live, how do I breathe? / I’m suffocating when you’re not here’ – I wanted a touch of vulnerability from Bond, where you see a little bit of his heart,” Smith said.
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Smith revealed why the chorus of “Writing on the Wall” is so different from the lyrics. “When it goes into the chorus, it’s in a big way — and then I wanted it to sound like all the air was being sucked out of the song because it was like ‘How do I live, how do I breathe? goes in. . “And then, it slowly rises again at that final moment to the final explosion, leaving it in the orchestra and then taking it away.”
Smith had wanted to write a Bond song for many years. Smith reveals that his uncle Terry is a massive 007 fanatic, the owner of a lot of Bond posters and statues. “I just thought, How incredible it would be for him, and the family and stuff, to do that theme song,” Smith said. Considering how popular “Writing on the Wall” became in the UK, Smith’s uncle certainly had a lot to cheer about.