There’s been a lot of James Bond talk this past week, so here’s one post to get you caught up.
Billie Eilish Singing No Time to Die Theme Song
In addition to Hans Zimmer scoring this year’s No Time to Die, it was announced that Billie Eilish will be signing the theme song for the 25th James Bond movie. Eilish announced the news on her Instagram:
At 18, Eilish is the youngest singer to tackle a Bond song beating Sheena Easton and Sam Smith by a good measure. Smith was 23 when he sang “Writing’s On The Wall” for Spectre and Easton was 22 when she sang the titular “For Your Eyes Only”.
Prior to Eilish’s announcement, rumors were mounting that Beyonce was going to be singing the title track. Well, that’s obviously not happening!
I wouldn’t call myself a fan of Eilish’s music, but I’m interested to hear what her Bond song will sound like. No matter what, I’m pretty sure it will be the first movie song hit of the year.
Bond Will Always Be Male, Just Maybe Not White
Bond franchise owners Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson recently sat down with Variety and discussed the future of 007.
There’s been a lot of talk online about diversifying Bond whether that would be race- or gender-swapping the character. Broccoli quickly shot down a female Bond:
“He can be of any color, but he is male. I believe we should be creating new characters for women — strong female characters. I’m not particularly interested in taking a male character and having a woman play it. I think women are far more interesting than that.”
Amen. Bond is the epitome of (somewhat toxic) masculinity, and to gender-swap the character would mean giving him a complete personality overhaul. Besides, Broccoli hits the hammer on the nail when she states that it cheapens the chance of creating a strong, original female badass. There’s no reason to make Bond female when the likes of Atomic Blonde, Red Sparrow, and the Birds of Prey are offering us plenty of kick-ass action.
There Were Almost Some Bizarre Spin-Offs
The first was going to center on Jinx, the Bond Girl played by Halle Berry in Die Another Day. Broccoli apparently was actively pursuing a spin-off for the character. Berry was a huge star at the time, so it sort of makes sense. Variety states “MGM got cold feet about the film’s $80 million budget,” and the spin-off was left for dead. A move that angered Broccoli.
The second was Smallville-esque TV series about a teenage James Bond. If you think that’s as terrible as it sounds, you’re not alone. Broccoli and Wilson vetoed the idea (Variety never mentions who suggested this idea), and it was quietly trashed.
No Time to Die hits theaters April 8, 2020.
What do you think about Billie Eilish singing the theme song? Are you happy that Bond will stay male? Would you have watched a teenage James Bond TV series?