Review: “No Time To Die” is like no other
February 20, 2020
I had already made the decision to see No Time To Die when it made headlines for having the first black female 007. When Billie Eilish released the theme “No Time To Die” for the upcoming film, she practically bought the tickets for me. The song is everything I’d ever want from a spy thriller: haunting, emotional and stuck in my head for days after.
“No Time To Die” starts with slow building piano, with a rising electronic whine in the background the first indication of Eilish’s signature style. Her voice starts in a weary drone, fit for a horror movie. That’s when it hits: this isn’t the stereotypical Bond theme song, but a love song.
This James Bond theme is an eerie tale of betrayal and lost love. Eilish starts out recounting the event that drew the two characters apart, regret and anxiety obvious both in voice and lyrics. The chorus peaks with her questioning “Are you death or paradise?” leading to her declaring that there’s “Just no time to die.” Violin fades in after, the melancholy atmosphere rolling over the song like a fog. I’ve never been a James Bond fan, never seen a single film, yet Eilish was making me feel heartbreak over something I’d never known.
Eilish made herself known for her whispery singing style, the sort of voice that invited the listener to turn the volume up. Near the end of “No Time To Die,” she completely abandons that act and hits a full belt while violin and piano crescendo in the background. Immediately after, she goes back to her soft notes, but the effect is less the vulnerability of the beginning, and more resigned to her fate.
“No Time To Die” ends on the titular lyrics, and a twang of a guitar. There’s no need to raise the volume, no need to make it louder, Eilish’s declaration fills the room enough. The sound leaves you hanging on the edge of a cliff, ready to click repeat to figure out what you’re supposed to do with yourself after having listened to that song. The answer is nothing, just know that Eilish took a spy story, and turned it into something that will never leave you alone.
Amelia Foster is a senior and the Print Managing Editor. When she's not in room 112, she's probably thinking about journalism and all the things she has...