No Time To Die soundtrack: what’s the music in the new Bond film and when is it released?

19 February 2020, 10:36 | Updated: 19 February 2020, 10:54

What's the music in 'No Time to Die'?
What's the music in 'No Time to Die'? Picture: Universal

By Kyle Macdonald

The music to 007’s latest outing has been revealed. Here’s what we think.

We’ve donned the dinner jacket, poured the martini, and wrapped our ears around the spectacular new trailer to Bond 25.

When it comes to Bond themes we’re expecting punchy brass, moody sweeping themes, bruising moments of percussion, and, of course, the E minor Major 9 chord that’s become synonymous with cinema’s best-dressed franchise.

Who is composing the music for No Time To Die?

Hans Zimmer is taking on the soundtrack, after replacing American composer Dan Romer just three months before the movie is set to be released.

Director of the latest instalment, Cary Joji Fukunaga, said: “I’m beyond excited that Hans is scoring No Time To Die. The music of Bond has always been iconic and I’ve already witnessed Hans adding his touch of genius to the Bond legacy.”

We’ll have to wait until April 2020 to hear Zimmer’s original score, but here’s a look at the trailer in the meantime.

Who is singing the new Bond theme?

Pop star Billie Eilish has recorded the title song for No Time To Die. At just 18 years old, the US singer is the youngest artist in history to write and record a Bond theme.

She described it as “a huge honour” to be involved in the franchise. The last two themes, Adele’s ‘Skyfall’ and Sam Smith’s ‘Writing’s On The Wall’, have both won an Oscar.

The theme was released today (14 February) and has already received a welcome reception from audiences – gaining over 3.5 million views and over 500,000 ‘thumbs up’ on YouTube.

Eilish and Zimmer gave an orchestral performance of the newly-released theme at the BRIT Awards on Tuesday 18 February.

The music of No Time To Die

As with the other Daniel Craig Bond outings, the mood of this trailer is darker, grittier and full of suspense. There’s rhythmic augmentation, used to create the drawn-out iterations of the iconic Bond themes. And it creates a heap of tension. Agogic and rhythmic accents on the familiar motif pepper the trailer. Punchy (just like a good Bond opening sequence).

There’s a general feel of minimalism here. We could be in a Glass opera at times (1'08" etc), but then soaring strings enter and we’re back to Bond.

At the climax of the trailer, we hear the classic Bond theme as part of a rising melodic sequence, to great effect.

Hans Zimmer to score 'No Time to Die'
Hans Zimmer to score 'No Time to Die'. Picture: Getty

Daniel Craig on the music for Bond

Back in 2015, we did talk to ACTUAL JAMES BOND on the occasion of the 24th Bond instalment, Spectre. Daniel Craig told us about how important he feels the music is in the series, especially when it comes to those iconic motifs.

“It's so emotive that sound, and if you use it at the right point in the movie then everyone remembers ‘Yes, we’re in a Bond movie.’”

Who’s in the James Bond No Time to Die cast?

No Time to Die stars Craig as 007, Rami Malek as Safin, Ralph Fiennes as M. and Naomie Harris as Moneypenny.

The film is due to be released on 8 April 2020.