She is a music legend who performed the title songs for three James Bond films.
And Dame Shirley Bassey, 83, has now given her insight into Billie Eilish’s efforts on the upcoming No Time To Die theme, as the iconic star admitted the teen did a ‘good job’ with the song for the latest installment of the franchise.
Shirley performed the title songs for Diamonds Are Forever, Goldfinger and Moonraker, so is in a fantastic position to dish out reviews to the star, 18.
Music legend: Dame Shirley Bassey, 83, thinks Billie Eilish did a ‘good job’ with the song for the latest instalment of the franchise
Dame Shirley was impressed with the star’s track No Time To Die, which will soundtrack the upcoming film of the same name.
She declared that she thinks it was a ‘big honour’ for the teenager to be chosen for the job, telling the Big Issue: ‘It’s a big honour for a young artist to live up to the Bond expectation. She did a good job.’
Billie, who swept four prizes at the Grammy Awards in January, is the youngest artist to record a Bond theme. The singer also insisted she wouldn’t have wanted to record any of the other Bond themes over the years.
When asked if there was another song she’d have liked to do for the film series, she responded: ‘I’m quite happy with my three songs.’
Youngest: Billie, who swept four prizes at the Grammy Awards in January, is the youngest artist to record a Bond theme
The Big Spender hitmaker regards her own music as ‘therapy’ and any problems she’s having get put to one side if she’s got a show to put on.
She said: ‘When I am doing a concert, my job is to go on stage and give the best performance I can for my fans.
‘Anything personal is put to the side and in that moment, I can smile. The music becomes my therapy.
Impressed: Shirley was impressed with the track No Time To Die, which will soundtrack the upcoming film of the same name (pictured: Daniel Craig as Bond in the upcoming film)
‘It’s a cliche but there is always a light at the end of the tunnel. Sometimes you just need a little help to see it. It’s never too late to ask for help, ever.’
She continued: ‘Aside from my family, music is my first and last [love]. I have always sung, always. It’s a part of me. It is one love that has remained constant my entire life.’
On Thursday Billie claimed she’s desperate for No Time To Die to be released as she’s seen an early version and it’s ‘so good’.
Diamonds Are Forever: Shirley performed the title songs for Diamonds Are Forever, Goldfinger and Moonraker (pictured: Sean Connery as James Bond in 1971 film Diamonds Are Forever)
The singer said on Capital Breakfast with Roman Kemp that the film’s delays are ‘excruciating’.
She said: ‘It’s excruciating, because also I’ve seen it and it’s so good! I also saw one of the first, older cuts, so it’s going to be totally different. It’s like, ugrh, imagine how everybody else feels.
‘I’m the least important in the entire Bond franchise, I’m dying for the movie to come out, I was so looking forward to the movie coming out.’
Candid: Billie admitted it’s ‘excruciating’ to have to wait for No Time To Die to be released as she said on Thursday’s Capital Breakfast that Daniel Craig’s final outing as Bond is ‘so good’
No Time To Die is the 25th film in the franchise, and finds Bond after he has left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica when his old friend Felix Leiter, played by Jeffrey Wright, from the CIA turns up asking for help.
Leaving his seemingly happy life with Madeleine, played by actress Lea Seydoux, Bond returns to the field to face Safin who is armed with a new dangerous technology that could impact the world.
The film, directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, was originally scheduled for release in April 2020, but was pushed back to November before the release was changed once again to April 2021 in light of the coronavirus pandemic.