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On song: Billie Eilish arrives at the Oscars in Los Angeles last weekend – she’s been tipped to win one next year for her Bond theme song. photo: ap/john locher

On song: Billie Eilish arrives at the Oscars in Los Angeles last weekend – she’s been tipped to win one next year for her Bond theme song. photo: ap/john locher

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On song: Billie Eilish arrives at the Oscars in Los Angeles last weekend – she’s been tipped to win one next year for her Bond theme song. photo: ap/john locher

Billie Eilish has released her sombre James Bond theme song 'No Time To Die' to critical acclaim.

The 18-year-old pop sensation - the youngest artist ever to record a 007 title track - revealed a haunting ballad exploring themes of lies and betrayal.

It features heavy use of the piano as well as Eilish's signature whisper. Fans will recognise the chord that ends the song, taken from Monty Norman's original Bond theme. In recording the track, Eilish - who will perform it live for the first time at the Brit Awards next week - joins an illustrious list of artists including Adele, Sam Smith, Madonna, Paul McCartney and Shirley Bassey.

"Was I stupid to love you? Was I reckless to help?" Eilish asks on 'No Time To Die', which she co-wrote with her brother and collaborator Finneas.

It gradually builds up to a point where Eilish sings: "Fool me once, fool me twice. You'll never see me cry, there's just no time to die."

'No Time To Die' has so far proved to be a big hit with both fans and critics, while Bond music historian Jon Burlingame said he would be surprised if the song did not earn Eilish an Oscar nomination next year.

The teenager revealed she and Finneas wrote it in three days.

Eilish said she was "still in shock" about being asked to record a Bond title track.

'No Time To Die' is actor Daniel Craig's fifth and final outing as James Bond.

Irish Independent