He continued, “For me, it was undeniable that that was the right way to go. It felt hugely personal; it felt really well-crafted.”
Zimmer then recruited the best of the best to help produce the theme, including Matt Dunkley working on the majority of the string arrangements, Johnny Marr playing the guitar and Steve Lipson stepping in as the engineer. Although he had never met the hitmaking brother-sister duo until that dark, gray, typical English night, the German composer and producer noticed their composition brought something to the table that their Bond theme predecessors Shirley Bassey and Adele did in years past.
“I’d never met them, but I felt [that] there’s Shirley Bassey, there’s Adele — everybody who’s ever worked on [Bond] has come at it with a strong style of their own, with conviction and a great commitment. And this song had it,” he told GQ. “It maintained an intimacy, which I thought was beautiful.”
Marr backed Eilish for the track’s debut television performance at the 2020 BRIT Awards back in February. In an interview with NME, the former Smiths bandmember spoke about the “fantastic” addition of Eilish’s “No Time to Die” song to the 007 catalog.
“We were already working on the film and then I heard Billie had done the song. And that was already a good idea to me,” he said at the time. “It was even before Billie had won all the Grammys and stuff. I did a couple of shows with her last year, so I was well-aware of what she did and knew her music. And then when I heard the song, I thought, ‘This is fantastic.’ It was very brave, you know, it’s something very minimalist.”
No Time to Die‘s release in theaters worldwide has been postponed to April 2, 2021, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.