Dame Shirley Bassey hails Billie Eilish's Bond theme

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 21 November 2020
Dame Shirley Bassey

Dame Shirley Bassey

According to Dame Shirley Bassey, Billie Eilish did a "good job" with her James Bond theme

Dame Shirley Bassey thinks Billie Eilish did a "good job" with her James Bond theme.

The 83-year-old music legend – who performed the title songs for 'Diamonds Are Forever', 'Goldfinger' and 'Moonraker' – was impressed with the 18-year-old star's track 'No Time To Die', which will soundtrack the upcoming film of the same name, and she thinks it was a "big honour" for the teenager to be chosen for the job.

She told the Big Issue: "It's a big honour for a young artist to live up to the Bond expectation. She did a good job."

Shirley also insisted she wouldn't have wanted to have recorded any of the other Bond themes over the years.

Asked if there was another song she'd have liked to have done for the film series, she said: "I'm quite happy with my three songs."

The 'Big Spender' hitmaker regards her own music as "therapy" and any problems she's having get put to one side if she's got a show to put on.

She said: "When I am doing a concert, my job is to go on stage and give the best performance I can for my fans.

"Anything personal is put to the side and in that moment, I can smile. The music becomes my therapy.

"It's a cliche but there is always a light at the end of the tunnel. Sometimes you just need a little help to see it. It's never too late to ask for help, ever."

And Shirley knows she can always rely on having music in her life.

She said: "Aside from my family, music is my first and last [love]. I have always sung, always. It's a part of me. It is one love that has remained constant my entire life."

No Time to Die

  • 4 stars
  • 2021
  • UK
  • 2h 43min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Cary Joji Fukunaga
  • Cast: Daniel Craig, Rami Malek, Lea Seydoux, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, Rory Kinnear, Jeffrey Wright, Ana de Armas, Dali Benssalah, David Dencik, Lashana Lynch, Billy Magnussen
  • UK release: 30 September 2021

The 25th James Bond film is directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga and sees Daniel Craig in the lead for one last time.