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James Bond fans were a little stunned when it was announced last year that young star Billie Eilish would be taking on the theme tune for No Time To Die . The singer, who was only 18-years-old at the time, was the first star to take on the job without a long-spanning singing career behind them. Eilish follows in the footsteps of Madonna, Sam Smith, Adele, and Paul McCartney.
Choosing Eilish as a singer of the theme was apparently an odd choice, prompting some backlash for the Bad Guy singer.
The song was released in February of 2020, and was met with rave reviews, as the singer's sultry tones fit in with the James Bond aesthetic almost instantly.
In a new interview Eilish explained her reaction to this response, and how she feels about it now, almost a year later.
On the response to her being a part of the film, Eilish confessed: "That was the rough period."
James Bond: No Time To Die singer Billie Eilish spoke out about her feedback (Image: GETTY • UNIVERSAL)
James Bond: Billie Eilish explained her point of view on the song (Image: GETTY)
The My Future star added: "I wasn’t mad about it because I understand.
"Why wouldn’t people have wants for the song that’s the theme to their favourite franchise? That’s totally understandable."
Despite the backlash, she added: "But my favourite thing is an open mind, especially when it was closed before.
"I love when people aren’t stuck to their pretences, which I am totally guilty of all the time."
James Bond: Daniel Craig is due to see cinemas for the last time as 007 in April (Image: UNIVERSAL)
Sean Connery speaks in 1983 about taking the James Bond role
The 19-year-old continued: "I hear that something’s going to happen and I’m like, ‘That’s ridiculous. It should never be that way. It’s never going to be good.’
"And it’s important to keep your mind open and just listen and be like, ‘You know what, actually? I was wrong. This is really good.'"
Last year legendary Bond singer Shirley Bassey even gave a response to Eilish's new Bond song.
In an interview the Welsh singer said: "It's a big honour for a young artist to live up to the Bond expectation. She did a good job."
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The 83-year-old is best known for performing three Bond songs – 1964's Goldfinger, 1971's Diamonds are Forever, and 1979's Moonraker.
Bond fans may need to get used to change, as the latest odds on who will take on the role of 007 after Daniel Craig have now been released.
Although many of the rumours surrounding the casting have been pointing at the likes of Tom Hardy and James Norton, a new contender has found his way at the top of the odds .
Star of Netflix hit Bridgerton, Regé-Jean Page, currently has good odds on taking the role, at a staggering 20-1.
Considering he is a newcomer, he has done very well to get such incredible odds so quickly.
To make matters even more exciting, Regé-Jean Page almost recently posted a video of himself utilising a Bond-esque swagger.
He even captioned the video: "Regency, royalty. Shaken and stirred."
James Bond No Time To Die is due for release on April 2, 2021.
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