Hello, Good Evening, and Remain Mindful of Social Distancing Protocols! Back in February, I wrote about how Billie Eilish unveiled the theme for No Time to Die, the next Bond film. In a sane world, it’d have come into theaters, had its run, and it’d probably have been released on DVD and Blu-Ray by now. Unfortunately, we don’t live in that sane world, and its release has been postponed to November 20.
Fortunately, it looks like they’ve finally found the right time to release the music video for the theme song:
The clip is a very simple one, directed by Daniel Kleinman, who directed the title sequences of every Bond film released since I was born (except for Quantum of Solace), and I don’t know whether or not the minimal design of the clip was planned before the pandemic or not, but it works. The visuals switch between saturated clips from the upcoming film, and black-and-white footage of Billie Eilish singing to an old birdcage microphone doing her best impersonation of Beth Gibbons, with a brief flash of an explosion behind Eilish. It’s simple and elegant, and frankly, it’s a Hell of a lot better than I’d have expected from Eilish’s previous work, because, if music be the food of love, well, in this Anglophile’s opinion, “bad guy” is wet cardboard; well, in fairness, it may have been moistened by some vegetable broth (definitely not a meat broth because Eilish is a lifelong vegetarian). That said, when the song was unveiled half a year ago, it still sounded pretty good, even if Johnny Marr’s advertised guitar work was a bit too understated to be noticeable.
And to help pad it out, here’s the trailer for the upcoming film:
If we don’t do this, there will be nothing left to save. Some very poignant words for this very frustrating year, tinged as it has been with a sense of nihilistic despair.